The answers to the ‘what ifs’ listed below and many others, are covered in the Peer Mediation Training.
- someone starts crying.
- the disputants get violent.
- the disputants break the rules.
- the disputants give the mediator abuse.
- the same disputants comes all the time.
- the disputants do not want to agree.
- the mediation gets interrupted.
- one of the disputants walk out.
- the mediators forget what to say.
- one person does not want to come to mediation but the other one does.
- no one comes to mediation.
- your best friends come?
- more than two people are involved in the conflict.
- there are problems outside the scope of mediation?
- Fights, any serious physical violence
- Persistent bullying
- Serious breach of school/organisational rules
- Dispute involving outside parties
- Family issues/issues at home
Peer mediators may need supporting adults to be around for peer mediation to help deal with some these situations and to give a sense of gravity to peer mediation.