VISTAS School Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Strategies for Conflict Resolution Among Middle School Students

Kelsey A. Davis and Vickie Ann McCoy

2016

Though conflict is an inevitable component of interpersonal relationships, without appropriate conflict resolution skills, school students may experience social isolation and academic decline. This pattern can be particularly true in a middle school setting,
where peer relationships have become the focal point of adolescent development. This
article includes a rationale for the importance of middle school educators, school counselors, and administrators educating themselves regarding healthy conflict resolution for their students. The authors provide a brief summary of existing programs,
such as peer mediation, conflict coaching, and psychoeducational training, to create a conflict resolution school climate. The authors conclude that while the current state of the literature is a promising starting point for the field, empirical validation of these models is needed; thus, they call for further outcome research to determine what the
counseling field can truly call a “best practice” for facilitating healthy conflict management in middle school settings.
Keywords: conflict resolution, school counseling, middle school

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