Session 7

Learning Objectives: This session helps teens examine the choices they make when they experience conflict. Learning to resolve conflicts . . .

Learning Objectives:
 
This session helps teens examine the choices they make when they experience conflict. Learning to resolve conflicts can help prevent deadly confrontations and help young people develop interpersonal and leadership skills. Teens benefit from knowing what conflict style to use and when to use it, as well as what triggers anger and how to manage it.
 
 
 Tips to Enhance Session 7:
  • Have students create and role-play a short skit involving conflict. Then the class can discuss the situation, the feelings each party expressed, and devise a solution (in conjunction with Step D). Click here for a PDF handout of examples of conflict scenarios for students to role-play, and corresponding discussion questions.
  • Finish the lesson by discussing the skills involved in personal conflict management (to supplement Step F). 
    • There are four aspects of conflict management:  telling the story, awareness of triggers, active listening, and the ability to create solutions to resolve conflict.
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 Community Resource People:
  • School counselor: Can discuss the importance of managing negative emotions and introduce plausible teen conflict situations.
Don’t forget to give the community resource person the session materials at least one week before he or she will participate in your class.
 
 
 Service-Learning Project Ideas:
  • Short Project: Students can create an anger management tip sheet and distribute it to other teens or post it on a school-wide bulletin board.
  • Medium-Length Project: Some students may want to create a skit (like the one used as to supplement Step D), and perform it for children. The students can then discuss positive and negative emotions with kids, and how to manage the negative emotions.
  • Long Project: Students can learn more about positive and negative emotions and become peer educators. As educators, they can speak with other youth about managing negative emotions.
 
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