We offer two different forms of peer mediation training, both of which propel out the skills and tools necessary to implement, run and maintain successful and sustainable peer mediation services within schools and other youth settings.
Standard peer mediation training
The first type of training, standard peer mediation training, is delivered out on site, in schools and organisations, to children and young people as well as the adults working with them. At a school this would mean the training is delivered to pupils as well as teachers/members of staff at the school. It is either over two days or three days, depending on the format chosen. The basic form is a two day training which takes place within the school or organisation to cultivate the skills necessary for peer mediation and the information needed to setting up a peer mediation service.
This training consists of a number of different sessions including looking at the stages of mediation, skills needed to mediate, issues that need to be addressed to ensure successful mediation and concerns within the school/organisation. The two days are also packed with activities and games which cultivate the skills and abilities needed for peer mediators in an interactive and enjoyable way. Alongside the training valuable resources and tools will be provided in order to help with all aspects of setting up a successful and sustainable peer mediation service.
There is also the option to add a day on to the basic standard training, making it a three day standard training. In this option a whole day is devoted to working with only the adults within the school or organisation in order to ensure that they will be able to fully understand and support peer mediation as a conflict resolution practice. This additional training day takes place before the two day basic training. It is very helpful in ensuring that peer mediation is embedded into the culture of the school/organisation, and supported properly.
For the standard peer mediation training we ask for a 1:8 adult/young people ratio – meaning for example that in a school there will be one staff member/teacher for every eight pupils at the training. The maximum number of people (young and old) trained at a time is 30. We also ask that the venue for the training is suitable for activities and a game i.e. is sufficiently sized to allow for movement, and also has an adequate number of chairs for everyone at the training, as well as a flipchart. We supply the rest.
Train the Trainer
We also offer a second form of peer mediation training, called “Train the Trainer”. This training is aimed at adults working with children and young people (whether in schools or other youth settings). It provides adults with the skills, as well as resources and tools, to deliver peer mediation training to children and young people themselves, within their school or organisation. Thus, it addresses sustainability issues by removing the need for external training providers. It is a two day course which The Scottish Mediation Network offers a couple of times throughout the year around Scotland, and it can also be delivered on demand through Young Talk (The Peer Mediation Network within the Scottish Mediation Network). The train the trainer course is specifically designed to equip adults with all the necessary knowledge, skills, tools and resources to deliver the standard peer mediation training to children and young people. It is an opportunity for schools and organisation to integrate peer mediation into the school/organisational culture and ensure its sustainability year in and out.
Costs for training
The two day standard basic peer mediation training £800
An additional day added on to basic training (=adult day) £400
Train the Trainer £350/head (incl. lunch)
NOTE – If your school/organisation has had standard peer mediation training then “Train the Trainer” may be offered to you for free through Young Talk, however this will be at set times and locations during the year i.e. not flexible. Get in touch for more information.
After taking part in any of the peer mediation training types, you will also be eligible to join Young Talk (the peer mediation network) for free. If your school/organisation has had peer mediation training (delivered by us or other providers) please get in touch to sign up for the Young Talk membership, which comes with many free member benefits.