The vision of this course is to prepare an active team of peer ministers to serve the Mercyhurst Prep student community. All students involved in this course will become competent in the areas of active listening, empathy, confrontation, and problem solving. All will learn the skills involved in crisis prevention, intervention, and/or post-intervention. The skills developed within this course structure are both intrapersonal (knowledge of self) and interpersonal (knowledge of others).
As an added component of the course, the students will learn mediation skills and will have the opportunity to formally assist students that are experiencing conflicts. Several members of the peer leadership class will serve the school as peer mediators during their senior year. Faculty members and the administration will monitor the peer mediation process.
PREREQUISITE: Application process second term of sophomore year