Conflicts are unavoidable. However, how often they occur and how large they become are within people’s control. School counselors and school psychologists can quickly use this counseling strategy individually with students to help the student debrief or process his/her role in a previous conflict.
Using the concept of “ripples in water”, students are able to visually recognize where they could have said or done something differently to stop a conflict from growing. I frequently use this technique with students after they have had a conflict because it clearly shows them how their choices of actions and words contributed to the conflict escalating. By carefully dissecting the event, they learn more about both what they said/did that contributed to the conflict AND how to make better choices in the future.
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