Culturally Responsive Approaches to School Violence Prevention

Susanna A. Hayes, Molly J. Foote
2011 Online Readings in Psychology and Culture  
School faculties are assuming increasingly complex roles in contemporary schools, including helping students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds develop social skills and anger management, areas of behavioral formation that are usually the primary concern of parents. While all students benefit from these services either directly or indirectly, they are especially intended for distressed students who may be at risk of becoming violent. This chapter reviews selected studies of
more » ... udies of experimental violence prevention programs used in the United States (U.S.) public schools. A new group counseling activity entitled Branch Out, that was developed by a school counselor and is frequently used with culturally diverse groups, is reviewed for its applicability as a communication and social skills builder and a violence prevention strategy for K-12 schools as well as family and organizational groups. Players take turns spinning the game spinner, answering corresponding game questions, and then placing a leaf on the playing board to symbolize they ve shared. Other players who would have answered the question in the same fashion may also toss a leaf on the board. Musical Method Attendees seat themselves around playing board and pass spinner to the beat of the drum. When the drum stops whoever has the spinner spins and is asked a question from the corresponding category. He/she answers the question and places a leaf on the tree. Players that would have answered similarly also place a leaf on the tree to symbolize the commonalities they share.
doi:10.9707/2307-0919.1096 fatcat:cozuktjmfngqxn3vtpuqh2gfum