Make Peace
Even in a culture built on the other three PEACE POWER principles, personal interests sometimes conflict. Skills to resolve conflicts and heal relationships are therefore critical. At the same time, the research tells us that finding solutions to particular conflicts is often not enough; there is a need to reconstruct, to heal, the relationships damaged by the conflict. Healing processes are critical to healthy communities, which in turn support positive action by youth. The research-based PEACE POWER Making Peace Tool is one way to structure such healing. In addition, in organizations and communities, family group conferencing and related structured processes (which emerged from indigenous cultures in many parts of the world) are demonstrably effective for resolving serious conflicts, promoting healing in schools and communities, and supporting restorative justice. The PEACE POWER package includes guidance for establishing such procedures.
Evidence-based tools and activities to increase peacemaking and healing include:
  1. 1. Use of standard form to guide healing (e.g., the Making Peace Tool, the Family Conference card)
  2. 3. Family Group Conferencing
  3. 4. Family Mediation
  4. 5. Victim-Offender Mediation
  5. 6. Family Conference
  6. 7. Anger Inoculation
  7. 8. Defusing Others
Additional tools and activities consistent with the existing evidence include:
  1. 9. Personal Recognition for Peacemaking
  2. 10. Public Recognition for Peacemaking
  3. 11. Conflict and Healing: A Dialogue
  4. 12. Recognizing and Interrupting the Conflict Cycle
  5. 13. Coping with Hurt and Threat
  6. 14. Leadership Skill: Supporting Peers in Conflict Resolution