Counselor’s Corner

By Julie Marks, Director of Counseling – Goshen Campus

Several weeks ago, Carrie Christensen, a facilitator from the Peace Education Program, began coming out to the Goshen Campus to work with our 6th and 8th graders. The Peace Education Program is a local organization that has been working since 1982 to help children learn to constructively resolve conflict. Our 6th graders are in the process of learning to be Cooperative Game Leaders and will start working with our students in the Lower School during lead/advisee time after Holiday Break. By working with the younger students, the 6th graders are improving their leadership skills and are helping teach the Lower School students important skills such as communication, cooperation, and observation through fun and exciting games. As one 6th grader commented, “I like this process because I enjoy working with the younger students and am excited to show them how to do things that will help them.”

Our 8th graders are in the process of completing their training and will be ready in January to lead our Peer Mediation Program. This program provides younger students with the opportunity to have a team of 8th graders help them come up with solutions to their problems. Over the course of the training, the 8th graders will learn a great deal about conflict styles, communication skills, and conflict resolution. Watch for information in future newsletters as they describe their recently acquired skills in more detail