Getting RIPP Running
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The task of setting up a violence prevention program may seem a little overwhelming. This may be especially true for schools that are about average in student disruptions and where staff may not perceive that there is much of a problem. Unfortunately, in many such schools the number of student conflicts may be growing and many disagreements may be close to escalating into fights. There are thus good reasons for being proactive and establishing a program such as RIPP within a school before serious problems develop. This chapter was designed to assist in that process. Based on our experiences with RIPP, we have identified six conditions that appear particularly important in making the program effective. Specifically, these conditions are (1) a schoolwide commitment to preventing violence; (2) a core group of school staff who serve as advocates for RIPP; (3) a qualified, full-time violence prevention facilitator; (4) adequate training for the violence prevention facilitator in RIPP and peer mediation; (5) willingness by the school staff to incorporate the RIPP and peer mediation programs throughout the school year; and (6) establishing and evaluating objectives for implementing RIPP.
KeywordsManagement Team School Climate School Staff Violence Prevention Interpersonal Conflict
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