Help young people understand that violence is not an appropriate way to deal with problems and teach them to work through their disagreements and arrive at mutually acceptable solutions.


How it Works: Elementary Peer Mediation Training

On the playground, one or two teams of Conflict Managers or Peer Mediators are assigned to each recess. If a conflict occurs, the peer mediators approach the students in the dispute and use the structured Conflict Management Process and mediation techniques to help the disputing students reach an agreement. Elementary school peer mediators also use this process in sit-down mediations when dealing with more difficult disputes.

Faculty — Key faculty who will run the program are trained at CRU's regional one day intensive faculty training. Alternatively, faculty training may be conducted at your school for your entire faculty. Training may consist of a 3 hour mini-training or whole day training. CRU's faculty training helps teachers understand and use mediation concepts and techniques and enables them to use CRU's Classroom Teacher's manual with their students.

Students — CRU Institute trainers will come to your school and train thirty specially chosen students to be peer mediators represent a cross section of your school population. Training includes eight hours of interactive presentation and role play practice. Manuals and videos are included so that your faculty may perpetuate the program.

Parents — CRU's trainers train parents in a two hour session to understand and use conflict management skills with their children. Refrigerator magnets with the problem solving process and booklets explaining various mediation concepts and techniques are given to each parent.


How it Works: Middle and High School Peer Mediation Training

Trained student Peer Mediators sit in a private room with the students in conflict and help the "disputing" parties generate acceptable options for settlement. Referrals for mediations come from school administrators, teachers, counselors, or students. Student Peer Mediators are assigned cases by a faculty program coordinator. Minor disagreements, if not resolved, can lead to serious problems and even violence. The program saves administrative time, significantly lowers suspensions, and empowers students to deal effectively with conflict.

Faculty — Key faculty who will run the program are trained at CRU's regional two day intensive faculty training. Alternatively, faculty training may be conducted at your school for your entire faculty. Training may consist of a 3 hour mini-training or whole day training. CRU's faculty training helps teachers understand and use mediation concepts and techniques and will encourage Health Class and Life Skills teachers to use CRU's Classroom Manual with their students.

Students — CRU Institute trainers will come to your school and train thirty specially chosen students to be Peer Mediators who represent a cross section of your school population. Training includes twelve hours of interactive presentation and role play practice. Manuals and videos are included so that your faculty may perpetuate the program.

Parents — CRU's trainers train parents in a two hour session to understand and use conflict management skills with their children. Refrigerator magnets with the problem solving process and booklets explaining various mediation concepts and techniques are given to each parent.