The effectiveness of CHOICES for
Positive Youth Relationships depends largely upon the comfort level and sense of safety achieved
the learning environment. Consider the following ideas when you are
introducing a program about abuse prevention.
Violence knows no boundaries and youth have knowledge and experience,
often very different than adults. A discussion about abuse may
be an emotional, perhaps frightening place for some students.
facilitator, it is your responsibility to model inclusiveness,
acceptance, respect and empathy. Recognize the diversity within
your community and enlist the support of the community. The program may
need to be adapted to best meet the special needs of your students.
personal assumptions and attitudes. Each of us brings our own set
of values and experiences to any discussion about violence.
confidentiality but know your legal responsibilities to report
abuse. Establish classroom guidelines with so that a safe and
respectful atmosphere is maintained.
Good facilitation skills include the ability
to assist, lead, challenge, empower. Ask questions rather than
Recognize that pain is often expressed as anger,
crying, inattentiveness, disruptive behaviour or withdrawal.
will inevitably occur. A calm and caring response is sometimes
all that is needed. Remember to listen without judgement
and empower not rescue. Refer to professional school or community resources.
teamwork is essential to the successful delivery and follow-up
of this program. Take time to develop liaisons
and support from your school administration, school support services, community
services and with youth leaders who may serve as
co-facilitators.Respect your class with adequate preparation. Read
information and investigate additional resources.
Check any required AV equipment and prepare all classroom materials
Relax and enjoy a very meaningful learning opportunity!