To provide a Conflict Education Specialist and Behavioral Coach* career certification program where participants will develop the ability to teach Character Development –Conflict Education Skills that helps young people to:
In our fast pace, high stress competitive world young people need a safe place where they can have the leisure to explore themselves and the world around them.
The intent of conventional education is to teach academic skills to prepare young people vocationally. But young people also need a host of day-to-day life skills other than academics to be able to successfully cope with the challenges of living. In an atmosphere of friendship young people need to be allowed to inquire into the essential questions of what it means to live with intelligence, to create healthy guidelines for their behavior and to be able to understand and resolve conflict peacefully. Such is the intent of the Atrium Society Youth Peace Life Skills Program (YPL).
The YPL Life Skills Program focuses on the prevention of conflict in understanding what the root causes are in conditioned thinking.
For one thing this program differs from other conflict education/bullying programs is that it is a complete program that teaches young people how to prevent, resolve and manage conflict whereas most conflict education/bullying program focus superficially on the tertiary or management level after a conflict has already occurred.
There is current significant evidence from the Centre for Infant Cognition at the University of British Columbia that states episodes of bullying that mar early grade school years for hundreds of children may be a partial result of the victim’s DNA.
The study shows that behaviors that most often lead to exclusion and victimization in the classroom or schoolyard have their roots in a student’s genes arguing that children’s genetic makeup has a direct impact on the quality of the interactions they enjoy with their peers.
The study also shows infants learn social stratification as early as nine months. Since according to the study children are being genetically programed to bully, bullying programs now need to address this inborn root cause of conflict by providing innovative environments to prevent this individual and social disorder from occurring. This is the intention of the YPL Life Skills program.
Work in a setting that provides young people with conflict education/character development life skills after school. This could come under a YPL Life Skills Program outreach program.
One could initiate and run a number of these programs in this type of facility. In this way one doesn’t need the financial or marketing skills necessary to operate the program as they would if one opened for example, an independent facility of their own. For some people this is a better option in that they have less responsibility in the administration of the program and therefore will have more time available to teach.
There is a career opportunity in being a Workshop Presenter/Trainer where one is paid to present this program to educators, counselors, school administrators, law enforcement, business personnel and the like who are interested in implementing these skills into their occupational environments.
Summer time is an especially good occasion to do this program for parents are looking for a comprehensive program that can be taught each day over an extended period of time. This affords one the luxury to go into depth into the more complex issues of conflict education and character development in a cohesive developmental process with little interruption of the learning process. This allows for a better retention for the young person’s natural educational progression.
The Atrium Society’s special bullying program has been used with youth at risk nationally and internationally with much success. The program is specially designed to more accurately meets the needs of these special youth. It includes teaching specific child safe mental and physical skills, within a safe and controlled environment, to educate young people in the awareness, resolution, and management of conflict through nonviolent means so they can experience a reduction in emotional and physical impulsivity. The fundamental intent of this program is to stop conflict at the primary prevention level but also at the secondary and tertiary level, and to learn from youth who are at risk as well as identified as problematic behaviorally.
The Education for Peace Life Skills Program has been used successfully with over 5000 Liberian children of war since 2003. The first one used for these war torn children in Liberia by Dr. Marvin Davis is Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Us? Understanding the Roots of Prejudice, which generated the internationally claimed book Brave New Child – Liberating the Children of Liberia and the World.
Please note: all the components of the programs below are taught in a multilevel context of role-playing, games, and other educational activities that developmentally enhances the child’s ability to comprehend the information in a more multifaceted manner thus increasing the potential for learning. The proper amount of time needs to be given to teach the components of the program. The minimum amount of time per week should be 2 hours. It is obviously better to have more time thus teaching the components of the program are best taught during a holiday or summer time. In other words it is essential that a continuity be developed consistently over time for young people to grasp the essential insights in the program without undo interruption.)
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The approach is a holistic three-level system called The ABC of Conflict Education™. The three levels are: Avoid - Bargain - Control. Each level helps young people keep from being bullied in the following ways:
By understanding what causes people to bully in the way they have been genetically and socially conditioned to think and act either as a bully or a victim, a young person can prevent conflict from arising.
Through the use of verbal Mental Self-Defense Skills, a young person can learn to use words instead of fists to resolve a bullying situation.
A young person who learns how to handle hurt feelings in a positive way is less likely to react in overly aggressive manner when hassled by a bully, and more likely to maintain control. It also helps them to control a potential conflict situation by having the confidence gained through learning humane self-defense skills so they don’t react unnecessarily in a freeze/ fight or flight manner. Developing one’s level of understanding, learning verbal mental selfdefense skills, becoming wise in ways to handle hurt feelings all lead to an increase in selfconfidence in tough situations and learning to think quickly and efficiently when necessary.
*The S.0.S. Safe Options Self-Defense System component is a physically effective, legally safe, age appropriate, developmentally sound, non-lethal integrated system of physical and mental martial arts self-defense skills that gives young people the total confidence to cope successfully with being bullied
have the right to not be bullied or physically hurt and the responsibility to learn ways of resolving conflict peacefully.
I have the right to not be called hurtful names and the responsibility to understand what would make me want to call others hurtful names.
I have the right to not be picked on because I do not belong to a certain group and the responsibility to understand what it means to belong to a “group.”
I have the right to not be made fun of because I am “different” and the responsibility not to pick on others for what I have been taught to think are differences.
I have the right to not be bullied because of race, gender, sexual orientation or culture and the responsibility to educate myself about why this happens.
I have the right to not be bullied because of my physical appearance and the responsibility to not pick on myself for what I think others may think of me.
I have a right to not be teased because I am not as smart as other people and the responsibility to educate myself to be as intelligent as I can be.
I have a right to not be bullied because I am not as athletic as others and the responsibility to find other endeavors that give me a sense of well being.
I have the right not to be bullied me because I am smaller or weaker and the responsibility to find ways that will strengthen me.
I have the right to learn the skills to understand and handle bullies without hurting or being hurt and the responsibility to teach others these skills so they will not get bullied.
I have the right to protect myself from harm and the responsibility to use these skills humanely.
Every child everywhere has a basic right to be treated with respect and the responsibility in turn to respect all others.
Dr.Webster- Doyle’s books are archived in perpetuity at the University of Connecticut’s Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, Swarthmore College Peace Collection and the University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. The work is also on permanent display in the International Museum of Peace and Solidarity in Samarkind, Uzbekistan, the Commonwealth of Independent States, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Japan and at the Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts, Samara Russia. The work is also archived in perpetuity at No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation, South Korea.