Guided Problem Soving
Guided Problem Solving is a one-on-one service for at-risk youth to develop skills in conflict resolution, anger control, problem solving, and moral reasoning through structured activities and conversation. A mediator/facilitator meets individually with youth for 5 to 8 sessions to build skills and address specific issues. At the beginning of the process, youth develop goals for addressing challenges and learning skills.
Guided Problem Solving can address issues with academic performance, school attendance, peer relationships, parent/teacher relationships, and frequent suspensions.
To participate in Guided Problem Solving, youth must meet risk criteria. Criteria will be discussed with parents or the referring professional after a referral is made. Referring professionals can get in touch with Terri Merritt to learn more about risk criteria.
In cases where a youth is involved in a conflict with another person, Youth Mediation is more appropriate.