HOW COUNSELORS CAN HELP PREVENT VIOLENCE


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

http://www.davidalevine.com/blueheronpress/empathy.html
http://www.findarticles.com/m1321/12_180/54301711/p1/article.jhtml


Perspective Taking


Social Problem Solving

http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EPTW/eptw9/eptw9e.html
http://www.ub.es/personal/amaydeu/problemasen.html
http://www.guilford.com/spase/elias.htm
http://www.unc.edu/~cory/autism-info/auti0006.html


Media Resistance


Communication


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:
http://spvmail.home.att.net/index.html
http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/sec/handouts/ss_biblio.html
http://www.cfchildren.org/program_ss.shtml
The Prepare Curriculum: Teaching Prosocial Competencies, by Arnold P. Goldstein.