K-12 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Restorative Practitioner

Restorative Practices in schools is a comprehensive prevention and intervention initiative that utilizes restorative practices processes and principles to improve school climate through building, enhancing, and repairing positive relationships which in turn reduces discipline issues. Oakland Mediation Center provides districts and individual schools with the comprehensive training and consultation they need to implement Restorative Practices.

Peers Making Peace Facilitator Training

Peers Making Peace (PMP) is an award-winning and widely recognized school-based peer mediation program. OMC is the only entity in Michigan credentialed to train school staff in Peers Making Peace. Peer mediation programs train identified students as neutral third parties to intervene and assist other students in the resolution and management of interpersonal disputes. Peer mediation gives students an opportunity to resolve the conflict at hand and strategies to handle similar problems in the future without having an adult solve their problems for them.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) has over forty years of research and successful implementation in schools all over the world. OBPP is a comprehensive, sustainable, systems change, whole-school program that focuses on changing the school climate through school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents, after school programs, and the community for involvement and support.

Truancy Prevention Through Mediation Program

The Truancy Prevention Through Mediation Program (TPTM) gives families, schools, and students the opportunity to work together through the mediation process to address the root causes of an attendance problem. This process reduces the student’s chances of school dropout and delinquency while helping to build a collaborative relationship between families and schools so that students attach to the school environment and achieve in school and beyond.

Second Step Program

The Second Step program features skills for learning that promote self-regulation, which can help students with academic tasks and social situations. Students develop and practice fundamental social skills like empathy, communication, emotion management, problem solving and cooperation. The middle school curriculum also covers bullying prevention and substance abuse prevention. These essential life skills help students in the classroom, on the playground and at home.

Peers Making Peace

Peers Making Peace (PMP) is an award-winning and widely recognized school-based peer mediation program. OMC is the only entity in Michigan credentialed to train school staff in Peers Making Peace. Peer mediation programs train identified students as neutral third parties to intervene and assist other students in the resolution and management of interpersonal disputes. Peer mediation gives students an opportunity to resolve the conflict at hand and strategies to handle similar problems in the future without having an adult solve their problems for them. Peer mediation programs “have the potential to improve learning climates that ultimately could raise national test scores.” (Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 21/1, 7-25)

Conflict Management In Special Education

When planning for children with special needs, it is crucial that IEP team meetings go well. This FREE and highly interactive workshop is designed to impart skills that help the IEP team effectively manage conflict prior to, during, and after IEP meetings. This workshop is ideal for any school staff person working in special education or parent who is involved in the IEP process. Registration includes a certificate of attendance and refreshments.