Teaching conflict resolution skills in juvenile facilities in Nigeria with the focus of instilling problem solving and social-emotional skills to youth and improve their mental health. Delinquency and violence are symptoms of the inability to handle confrontation constructively.
Conflict Management Skills For Correctional Officers
Conflict resolution skills training for correctional officers who come in contact with young offenders and charged with managing the behaviour of youth in juvenile detention centers is critical. Education in conflict resolution for juvenile correctional officers will help inmates learn alternatives to violent and self defeating behaviour.
This is beneficial for social and emotional support and development of juveniles in custodial institutions. Training officers in conflict resolution skills will help change the institutional handling of conflict from a punitive focus to one that uses problem solving methods to supplement existing disciplinary policies and procedures.
Corrections Course Description
Teaching youth to effectively manage conflict and reduce violence.
Teaching them positive expression and problem solving skills to become behaviour of choice in pressured and stressful situations.
Providing bullying prevention and life skills training they were not taught at home.
Anger management techniques, effective communication and positive ways to manage whatever individual issues they are dealing with.
Teaching problem solving and social-emotional skills to build positive relationships, have a sense of right and wrong, reduce incidents of disruptive and violent behaviours.
Learning to manage and resolve disputes and disagreements peacefully and create more peaceful facilities and environment.
Skills to help increase self-esteem, self-respect and self-control.
The Need For Conflict Coaching
Conflict coaching for individuals. One-to-one support to help individual child develop the skill at handling conflict or support the child work through a difficult conflict situation.
This early intervention strategy helps build the skills needed to effectively manage conflict. It enables the child improve the way they interact with peers, family and friends.
Conflict Management Styles
Through this they develop awareness of their own unique responses to conflict. The five conflict styles are avoiding (avoiding or withdrawing from a conflict), accommodating (giving in), competing (standing your ground), compromising (both parties look for common ground when two sides give up some demands to meet somewhere in the middle), collaborating (The Thomas – Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument) (TKI).
They learn that conflict is a natural part of life and that it can be resolved peacefully. You cannot get rid of or avoid the things or the people that enrage you nor can you change them but you can learn to control your reactions.
They learn that using inappropriate conflict styles can create more issues. It is not healthy to bottle up feelings like anger, frustration and leaving conflicts unresolved.
Collaborating is a combination of being assertive and cooperative. Those working together with others to identify a solution that satisfies everyone’s concerns.
Decreasing Incidents Of Violence
Teaching them skills to decrease incidents of violence. Conflict resolution skills to decrease incidents of violence, bullying and harassment. Youth learn to behave and treat others better and create a safer environment.