Scott Dutton with Debbie Rouen, Emily Perkins and Sophia McLucas.
Scott Dutton with Debbie Rouen, Emily Perkins and Sophia McLucas.

Kids learn conflict resolution

CARRYING on from the peaceful theme of last weekend, more than 400 students and adults learnt how best to resolve conflicts this week.

Social worker Scott Dutton travelled to the Rose City to host a series of workshops, tackling some of the fundamental social problems.

This was the first time the Byron Bay-based co-ordinator spoke as part of the Peace Festival.

On Thursday, more than 400 senior school students from Warwick State High School, School of Total Education, Assumption College and Scots PGC were given an eye-opening look into the types of bullying and conflicts, and how best to handle them.

Mr Dutton said he used basic techniques to talk to the Year 11 and 12 students.

“We did some role plays on stage, watched a video, we had a panel and looked at things like cyber bullying,” he said.

“They responded really well. When we played the video (on cyber bullying) they were silent through it all – I think they learnt things that really hit home.”

On Friday, a group of 18 social workers, teachers and counsellors were taken through different methods in a mediation and conflict resolution workshop.

“It’s about skilling workers up so they can deal with conflicts in a constructive way in the workplace,” Mr Dutton explained.

“In their line of work they will often come in contact with disagreements and conflicts, so it’s good to give them the steps on how to resolve them peacefully.”



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