Now that we know that youth violence is a significant social problem, we know some of the root causes of aggressive and violent behaviors, and we have a clear picture of what to do when confronted with threats of violence, it is time to focus on what we as counselors can and should be doing to prevent violence in the first place. There are a number of elements that are key to effective violence prevention.

Children MUST have competent skill bases in the following areas:

Anger Management

Empathy for others

Perspective Taking

Social Problem Solving

Media Resistance


Social Skills and Peace-Building

Some other excellent resources to look at for more information on these and other life skills that are essential in the effort to reduce youth violence are:
The Prepare Curriculum: Teaching Prosocial Competencies, by Arnold P. Goldstein.