Helping kids learn to disagree and still maintain contact
Episode Summary: Help children or all ages learn to explore and express their own opinions while respecting difference in how others think and feel. This podcast examines why disagreeing can be so threatening, plus cultural and digital influences and the role of adults (and schools) to help children learn to differ peaceably and respectfully, with specific strategies and ideas to reduce conflict, build problem-solving skills, and prevent disagreements from escalating or becoming violent. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.
Program Notes: Click here for a PDF handout with information and a list of resources related to this topic.
Dr. Jared Scherz
Dr. Jared Scherz holds a Masters degree in education and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He has been working as a psychotherapist for over twenty years in private practice. Dr. Scherz is also the author of several books, including Considering Therapy and Intimate Relationships. He has also written books dealing with issues in schools, such as Harnessing the Power of Resistance: A Guide for Educators and The Truth about School Violence. Scherz is primarily interested in the peaceful resolution of conflicts. He consults with systems to help increase awareness of the multiple factors that influence student violence in particular.
This program was recorded on December 14, 2011. The content is also available on the Energize Students Web site.
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