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Conflict Resolution for Educators

For Release Upon Receipt - September 29, 2009

St. Augustine

The Mediation Studies Unit of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine will be hosting a Conflict Resolution for Educators training programme from November 3rd-6th, 2009. Each day’s session runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Deane House, 1 Deane Street, St. Augustine. The fees are $6,000 for each participant and include lunch and refreshments.

This programme is targeted at principals, teachers and educational administrators and is intended to equip them with the skills necessary to intervene in all aspects of conflict amongst students, parents and teachers. The training combines the key elements of school-based conflict resolution, critical mediation skills, conferencing circles and peer mediation programmes, enhancing participant skills in anger management and communication in difficult situations. In the course, participants will design a peer mediation system for their schools using a 16-module programme.  

Training will be delivered by Tom Kalpatoo, who has established peer mediation programmes in 100 schools in British Columbia and is the author of the book, Peer Mediation for Schools. He established a National Peer Mediation Programme in Colombia, has delivered mediation training internationally for 20 years and has evaluated restorative and peace-building programmes in British Columbia. In the Caribbean and Latin America he has delivered mediation projects financed by the World Bank, Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more information, please contact Victoria Hawkins, at, or 663-3810, or contact Michylle Arthur at 662-2002 Ext. 3234

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