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Peer Mediation Guide

Made By: Geoff, Jennifer, Jasmine, and Yaell

Geoff Thomas

on 17 May 2013

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Made By: Geoff, Jennifer, Jasmine, and Yaell Peer Mediation Guide Table of Contents: Introduction Hi! Welcome to peer mediation. Our guidebook will help you become a good mediator here at JMS.
Mediation is a communication process in which the disputants, the people with the problem, work with you, the neutral third party, to peacefully resolve their conflict
You will be called a peer mediator, who will help your disputants fix their issue
Peer mediation requires you to be ready for mediation at any time of the school day
We have peer mediation because if we don't talk about our problems and come up with a solution, things can get violent
History has shown us this through civil war and reconstruction in America. Since no one was there to bring the North and South together to talk, the Civil War started
The following will guide you through peer mediation and what you should do as a mediator First, you want to have a pre-talk with other peer mediators and read the referral before your mediation starts
This will give you a good idea of the situation. For example, if the referral is about 2 disputants who were fighting you will know how to talk to them
Next, you will set up the room. Have the chairs the disputants are sitting face diagonal to you
This way the disputants will have a view of each other and you
When a disputants enter, greet them with a formal handshake
Once everyone is seated, start the mediation by saying, "Hi, I am (your name) and this is (2nd mediator's name). If we are acceptable we will be your mediators."
Confirm with them that you are acceptable as their mediators. Now it is time to move forward with mediation session. Chapter 2: Rules To ensure your mediation goes smoothly, ask them if they will agree to follow the rules
Some rules they will agree with are: Work together to solve the problem, no name calling, no physical fighting, no interrupting, be honest, speak directly to you and not each other in the beginning.
Ask the disputants seperately if they will follow the rules
Once they agree, it is time to move to the next step of peer mediation Chapter 3: Storytelling Now you want to identify the problem
Ask each disputant to tell their side of the story, you choose the disputant who appears the most distressed to tell their side of the story first. If it is difficult to decide who should go first based on body language, ask the 1st disputant to start
Ask them, "(Their name), please tell us what happened and how you feel."
If they don't respond, restate it and recheck their body language by asking, "Are you feeling, (disputant's feeling)."
Repeat the process with Disputant 2
After, ask if the disputants have anything else to add 1. Introduction 2
2.Chapter 1 3
3.Chapter 2 4
4.Chapter 3 5
5.Chapter 4 6
6.Chapter 5 7
7.Chapter 6 8
8.Chapter 7 9
9.Caucus 10
10.Glossary/Index 11
11. Diagram and seating of room 12
12. Contract 13
13. Follow-Up 14
14.Bibliography 15 Title: Slide: G.T., J.B., J.D., Y.L. Chapter 1: The First Step Slide 2 Slide 3 J.D. Slide 4 J.B. Slide 5 Y.L. Slide 6 Chapter 4: Establishing Needs Now you can start to work toward a solution
Ask each disputant what they need to feel comfortable with the situation G.T. Slide 7 Chapter 5: Finding Solutions Ask both disputants to state what they can do to resolve the problem
You can encourage solutions by asking questions such as:
"What happens if ..."
"Do you want that to happen?"
"What else can you do?"
Check to make sure that the solutions are fair, specific and realistic
Once the details of the solution are worked out, summarize the agreement J.D. Slide 8 Chapter 6: Agreement Ask the disputants if they think the agreement will solve the problem, to help you make sure that they really mean it
Write the agreement on a form and read all parts of the agreement to both disputants and have them sign the agreement
After this, both mediators will sign the form as well
Now plan a follow-up meeting J.B. Slide 9 Chapter 7: Closure Congratulations! You have helped your disputants finally solve their problem
Congratulate the disputants and tell their friends that they have resolved the conflict to prevent rumors
End the peer mediation session by shaking hands and thanking them for coming to the mediation Slide 10 Caucus Caucus should happen if your mediation doesn't progress The following are some steps to take if this occurs:
1. Thank the disputants for meeting with you in private
2. Remind them that everything you heard will stay confidential, unless they say otherwise
3. Listen to their story, including what they have to say, and check their feelings
4. Ask them if they are determind to solve the conflict.
5. Ask if they have any alternatives to mediation
6. Point out the advantages of mediation
7. Give both disputants equal time to caucus Slide 11 Glossary Mediation-A communication process in which 2 disputants work with a neutral third person or party, cooperating with each other resolve the disputant's conflict peacefully.
Mediator- The neutral third party
Peer Mediators- Students who serve as mediators to assist other students
Referral- A notice that informs you of a person, ususally a disputant, who is coming to see you.
Caucus- To arrange or form a meeting
Follow-Up- Notes about both disoutants Slider 12 Index Caucus;Slide 10
Civil War and Reconstruction; Slide 2
Conflict; Slide 4/5
Solution; Slide 6-9
Contract- Slide 13
Follow-Up- Slide 14 Slide 13 Contract Date:

Peer Mediator#1: Peer Mediator#2:

Disputant#1: Grade: Referred By:
Disputant#2: Grade: Referred By:


The two disputants listed above comme to Peer Mediation with a problem dealing with...

The two disputants agreed follow the rules listed below:
AGREEMENT: The two disputants agree that they will do the following should this happen again:

Disputant 1: Date:
Disputant 2: Date:
Mediator 1: Date:
Mediator 2: Date: Slide 14: Follow-Up Type of Follow Up: Formal_____ Informal: ________ Disputant #1: Grades:


Mediator: Date: Disputant #2: Grade:


Mediator: Dates: Slide 16 Bibliography Bryant,Doris."Peer Mediation." Peer Mediation expert lecture. Communities in schools. Johnson Middle School. Irving. 7 May 2013 Lecture "Prezi - Ideas matter.." Prezi - Ideas matter.. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://prezi.com>. G.T. G.T. Y.L. G.T. J.B. J.D. Y.L. Y.L. G.T. Slide 15: Diagram of Set Up Room DESK Mediator 1 Mediator 2 Disputant 1 Disputant 2 Make sure you don't agree nor disagree with anything they say, or it will defeat the purpose of Peer Mediation.
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