- Subject index
The exposure of children to violence at school is a major concern for educators everywhere and a frequent topic of discussion in the media. Written by experts in research, practice, and training in the field, this timely text proposes a whole-school approach to reduce the impact of violence on children's development. The authors take into account: Personal characteristics of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders A school’s culture The quality of a school’s learning environment Links between the school and the communityThe whole school approach includes a wide range of formal and informal initiatives to improve the quality of life at school. Managing Violence in Schools covers preventive methods and provisions for students' individual needs. Readers will also find strategies for strengthening school culture, such as peer support, cooperative group work, and restorative practice. This resource also provides guidance for implementing a needs analysis, formulating a cycle of change for handling bullying and violence, and creating a shared understanding of the issue. Each strategy for preventive and integrative practice is illustrated with real-life case studies and relevant experiential exercises.
Chapter 9: The Support Group Method
The Support Group Method
- To understand the role of the support group in addressing school violence.
- To be familiar with the skills involved in facilitating the Support Group Method.
What is the Support Group Method?
This chapter introduces you to the Support Group Method (Maines and Robinson, 1997) – what it looks like, its benefits, and how you can train pupils and staff to implement it. The Support Group Method adopts a ‘no-blame’ approach. It aims to change the behaviour of children involved in bullying others by increasing their empathy for the bullied pupil's feelings and by making constructive use of group processes to offer care and support. The method adopts a problem-solving approach, gives responsibility to the group to solve the problem and to ...