This book provides practical strategies for teaching conflict resolution skills that help prevent bullying and violence for a safe and peaceful school environment. Modes of practice include peer mediation, narrative counseling, circle conversations, undercover anti-bullying team, "facing up to violence" groups, and restorative conferences.
"Narrative therapy provides a new, inclusive lens through which to address challenging behaviors in schools, and it has proved successful in some very difficult environments. This is approach has a lot of pluses and it is worth trying." -- Neil MacNeill, Principal 20110711 "There have always been conflicts in school, but with the advancements in technology, the devastation of family systems, and the incredibly diverse populations attending schools, the issues are increasingly multifaceted and confusing. This book is written in clear language with practical steps schools can use to build positive relationships." -- Amanda Mayeaux, School Improvement Coordinator 20110711 "For schools committed to a new direction in conflict resolution, the book provides step-by-step instruction for implementing a narrative-based approach as an alternative to traditional discipline strategies." -- Katy Olweiler, Counselor 20110711 "The authors offer a fresh look at addressing school conflict by framing in terms of narrative perspective and relational outcomes. The steps, ideas, questions, and scripts given in each chapter provide the best support imaginable for preparing readers to implement the strategies with their students. The vignettes will resonate with anyone who works directly with students." -- Scott Hollinger, Instructional Coach and Former High School Principal 20110711