Studies demonstrate that Conflict Resolution Education "produces a positive moral climate in school and reduces reliance on authoritarian approaches to conflict resolution, enables students to negotiate and mediate solutions and regulate their actions, and improves attendance and academic achievement through fewer suspensions, better peer relationships and a greater interest in learning" (Sandy, Baily and Sloane-Akwara, 2000).
Western Justice Center offers an extensive training that provides educators and youth-serving professionals with knowledge and tools to train middle and high school students in conflict resolution. Participants have the opportunity to practice teaching conflict resolution, learn how to create conflict resolution and peer mediation programs for schools or organizations, and interact with other professionals.
Past participants have lauded the training program:
"I have a great idea of how to present a training program and more practice at mediation, which was fantastic."
"This training will allow me to resolve my own conflicts better and help me with the young people that I serve."
"Breaking into groups and presenting different sections of the workbook helped us learn to present the subjects as we will to others and allowed us to see a variety of ways to present."
"It's already helping us to write a discipline plan and to plan for its implementation."
"Best training I have been to in several years."
"I thought it was great and that the materials provided were amazing!"