Our youth programs offer students opportunities to learn and practice constructive problem-solving and social/emotional skills that are the foundation for better academic performance, healthy behaviors, positive interpersonal and intergroup relations.
Youth violence is a national public health priority. Youth services are designed to reduce and prevent acts of frustration and violence among young people by providing education and real-time experience with positive, effective alternative dispute resolution strategies.
We offer nationally recognized Peer Mediation Programs and a comprehensive array of Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) workshops, training and curricular modules.
Peer Mediation is an early intervention violence prevention program through which students learn to address conflict by practicing concrete, positive skills as alternatives to verbal and physical violence. Student mediators learn how to help their peers peacefully resolve disputes, ultimately contributing to safer school learning environments. These skills become integral to their experience and behavior.
Students learn ways to achieve understanding through analysis, active listening and joint problem-solving. The Peer Mediation
curriculum includes a core 24-hour training, focusing on mediation skills and conflict resolution education. Students meet monthly to learn new techniques and discuss challenging issues they encounter in mediation.
Our staff works with school administrators to ensure that the Peer Mediation Program supports the school’s social development and academic goals for its students, and that it is aligned with school discipline and safety protocols.
CMP provides Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) seminars and workshops as well as training and consultation on how to set up effective programs for schools, school districts and youth-serving and other community-based organizations.
Conflict Resolution Education is a critical element in preventing everyday conflicts among youth from escalating into violence.
Through CRE, youth address issues such as peer pressure, cultural differences and bias awareness, bullying and cyber-bullying and conflict in personal relationships. They learn positive communication, anger management and cooperative problem-solving skills.
CMP offers a range of conflict resolution training and consultation services for educators, administrators and youth-serving organizations.
Sample topics include:
Schools and organizations CMP has worked with include:
Connect with your teen:
Open lines of communication are critical to effective conflict prevention and resolution between parents and their children. Start by understanding how well you know your son or daughter by regularly talking about things that are important to them.
Some questions to ask may include:
Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution Education (CRE) have the strongest, most positive impact when the adults on campus model, and the whole school environment supports, constructive behaviors. On this page you will find tips on topical issues and tools to help school staff assess your campus environment.
Understanding basic human needs is foundational to effective conflict resolution. With thanks to the Fairfax County Public Schools, we offer these examples of needs that are common to students and educators (and probably all people):