Thu, Sep 15, 2016
Online Peer Mediation Project
The Online Peer Mediation Platform (OPMP) is a project sponsored by the JAMS Foundation, currently managed by the National Association of Peer Program Professionals and previously managed by the Association for Conflict Resolution’s Education, Research and Training Section.
The project seeks to train and support middle and high school (and now some college-age) peer mediators who want to work in an online environment using video chat platforms to resolve conflict. Students get to practice mediation skills and over time the project intends to offer services to schools that don’t have their own in-house peer mediation team, or those who would prefer an outside mediator for certain cases.
The Project has collected a nice and growing set of peer mediation tools and curriculum resources. Check the Resources Menu on the OPMP site for their collection of standards, useful links, research on peer mediation effectiveness, policies and laws, resources (e.g. curricula and videos). Also of interest are several video recordings of simulated online peer mediation sessions.
An article by project partner Judy Tindall provides more background on the program and it’s progress as of early 2016.
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