Overview

The rise of violence among our youth is of vital concern. Most programs that address this problem focus on controlling behavior and resolving conflicts. These programs neglect to develop critical higher-order skills needed for building peaceful relationships - kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and a deep respect for self and others.

teaches these higher-order skills that increase children’s abilities to live peacefully with others.

  is unique in that it:

  • Develops internal capacities of children ( to feel compassion and value self and others.) It does not use external controls (such as rules and punishments);
  • Teaches specific prosocial skills with a precision rarely available in other programs;
  • Uses materials collected from many cultures, ancient and modern;
  • Contains a collection of stories, games, music, paintings, ideas, and activities;
  • Allows for the flexible use of activities individually or in combination;
  • Requires little preparation or explanation.

  includes 127 activities; 18 children’s books selected from a variety of authors, cultures, and traditions; a DVD containing movie clips, and a CD featuring original music.  These were developed for children ages 6 to 11 years.

  was developed by Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Ph.D. and Claudia J. Clayton, Ph.D., with the help of many research assistants and children.

  can be used in schools, domestic violence shelters, after school programs, churches, community groups, and families.