Positive Behaviour Support for Youth in Detention Centers

Mediation & Conflict Resolution Masters (LLM) | University of Strathclyde

Conflict management skills by those who come in contact with young offenders and charged with managing the behaviour of youth in juvenile detention centers will help inmates learn alternatives to violent and self defeating behaviour.

Helping juvenile detention officers instill problem solving and socio-emotional skills to youth and improve their mental health. Delinquency and violence are symptoms of the inability to handle confrontation constructively.

Changing the institutional handling of conflict from a punitive focus to one that uses problem solving methods to supplement existing disciplinary policies and procedures.

Corrections Support

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.

Learning problem solving and social skills to build positive relationships, have a sense of right and wrong, reduce incidents of disruptive and violent behaviours.

Learning to manage conflicts, resolve disputes and create peaceful environments.

Learning strategies that will help increase self-esteem, self-respect and self-control.

Conflict Resolution Strategies

5 Conflict management styles – Helping the youth develop awareness of their own unique responses to conflict. The 5 conflict management 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) and collaborating.

Learning 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. These are people who work together with others to identify a solution that satisfies everyone’s concerns.

Conflict Coaching

One-to-one support for a child to develop the skill at handling conflict or support the child work through a difficult situation he is dealing with.

This helps the child build skills needed to effectively manage conflicts. It enables the child improve the way he interacts with peers, family and friends.

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Decreasing incidents of violence

Learning skills to decrease incidents of violence, bullying and harassment. Youth in custodial institutions learning to behave and treat others better creating safer environments and communities.