Peer Mediation for Violence Prevention Trainer Workshop
The five-day peer mediation workshop is for persons who want to learn how to train peer helpers in mediation techniques and activities. This workshop includes some of the topics listed below and emphasizes the skills necessary for mediation and conflict resolution techniques for violence prevention and dispute resolution. Persons who have already taken a Comprehensive Workshop will find this workshop adds considerably to their program goals; persons who have not taken a Comprehensive Workshop will find this workshop valuable, particularly if they have at least one year of peer program leader experience. The seminar covers all key topics including:
- practical strategies to recruit, select, and supervise peers:
- 20 roles peers can play to prevent problems, mediate disputes, and promote healthy growth;
- the 12 core skills of a peer helping training curriculum;
- how to design a curriculum for mediation and conflict resolution;
- experiential learning techniques that energize training;
- when to teach and when to facilitate;
- how to conduct a needs assessment for program longevity;
- how to use feedback and facilitation skills to train like an expert;
- how and when to motivate peer helpers;
- how to gain and maintain program support from unexpected sources;
- six proven methods to turn resistance into alliance;
- eight peer program standards that resolve pesky legal issues;
- examples of successful implementation strategies; and
- how to use simple strategies to evaluate program progress.
Participants are organized into small groups for the peer training and consultation activities. Each participant has an opportunity to partner with another workshop participant to lead a supervised training session. The workshop relies strongly on interactive methods designed to maximize adult learning and model effective training.
Participants will be involved in lectures, communication skill exercises, role plays, training leadership opportunities, curriculum development, peer helping, and other experiential activities.
Credit and Certification
Participants will be eligible to apply for national certification as Peer Helper Trainers (Level I or Level II). This certification system is based on national training standards originally developed by the Peer Counselling Project at the University of Victoria.
Participants who attend a complete workshop will receive a Certificate of Completion. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit is also available through the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association.
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