The Defusing Disagreements resource provides all the background information, activity ideas and tools you need to deliver a short defusing skills workshop with young people. The material in this resource has been developed by Dfuse with young people, teachers, youth workers, youth justice case workers, care system support workers and people who support young refugees.
The workshop can be delivered in a youth-work or school setting and is designed to be interactive and engaging, especially for young people with challenging behaviours and low attention spans. You do not need to be an expert in defusing or conflict management to deliver the workshop, as all of the background information is provided.
The workshop, which can last between one and two hours, encourages young people to think about disagreements and how to prevent them from becoming confrontations. It covers:
- The difference between a disagreement and a confrontation.
- How disagreements can become confrontations and the possible consequences if they do.
- How to avoid disagreements becoming confrontations.
- How to defuse situations which have become confrontations.
Using real-life examples, the workshop encourages young people to consider how their behaviours influence the outcome of a situation, and what they can do to avoid confrontation.
What you get
- A Teaching Resource with 5 activities (plus 3 alternative activities).
- Background information.
- A link to short film clip.
- Worksheets to support the activities.
- Four scenarios to explore.
- Certificate of Attendance template.