Pactum Factum - Dispute Resolution Associates
 
Peer Mediation for Elementary School Students
 
Our Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation Project uses a program designed by the CRU Institute to help  elementary school students learn interpersonal skills important for the development of prosocial behaviors and constructive conflict management. 
 
A peer mediation program trains a cadre of peer mediators (20-35) in a school. A small group of students (from grades 4,5 and 6) are chosen. School staff make efforts to involve a cross-section of students in terms of grade, sex, race, and socio-economic status; they also try to include some students who have or are at risk for behavior problems. The students attend six afternoons of training in mediation skills. Those who successfully complete the training serve as school-wide peer mediators for the year.
 
Referrals to peer mediation can be made by students, teachers, or administrative staff; pairs of mediators use structured mediation procedures to help disputants come to mutually satisfactory agreements. School staff develop a referral protocol and schedule for mediations that can accommodate disputants in a timely manner with minimal disruption of academic activities. All mediations are conducted by pairs of peer mediators with minimal adult supervision, and proceedings are recorded on mediation agreement forms.
 
Feedback on Peer Mediation:
 
Disputants report high levels of (a) satisfaction with the mediation process and (b) adherence to the agreement reached
 
Peer mediators report generalization of skills to "informal" conflict situations and express high levels of satisfaction with the mediation process.
 
Parents of peer mediators report mediation as a positive experience for their child and indicate skills are generalized to the home environment.
 
Peer mediators indicate mediation is useful and effective for most interpersonal conflicts and feel an increase in confidence, leadership and empowerment.
 
Teachers indicate support of the mediation program if they feel sufficiently involved and informed during planning and implementation.
 
If you would like more information about starting a peer mediation at your child's school, contact us!