Successful Violence Reduction Project Used in California State Prisons Now Applied to California Public School System to Prevent Violence and Bullying

Award Winning California Mediator Working with Fresno Unified School District for Innovative Plan to Prevent Violence and Bullying in Schools

11304768_sLos Angeles, CA…..Doug Noll, award winning mediator and co-founder of the Prison of Peace Project, has been retained by the Restorative Practices staff of the Fresno Unified School District to bring the skills and techniques he and colleague Laurel Kaufer refined in maximum security prisons to school sites. Along with 8 other California school districts, Fresno Unified will be graded by the socio-emotional learning of their students. The district’s job is to teach students how to be emotionally intelligent. Doug Noll’s revolutionary neuro-science and communication skills will be used as a part of this new learning process. Noll started training teachers in June and will pick up again during the fall, training teachers how to learn and model emotional intelligence to students.

“When the FUSD Restorative Practices officials heard me talk about our results from our Prison of Peace Project (for which Doug Noll and Laurel Kaufer were honored as California Lawyer Magazine Lawyers of the Year Award-2012) and saw the videos, they requested that I assist them. The project started in June, just last month, with 30 middle school teachers. On August 4th, I am training 12 school principals. As the new school year begins, I will be training high school and middle school teachers in the McLane High School cluster. We expect significant reductions in disciplinary actions by the teachers, more engaged students, and a much improved school climate,” Noll explains.

Teachers and administrators in the public school systems are both alarmed and afraid of the unprecedented amount of shootings in schools across the country. This project is a hopeful solution to prevent violence and bullying that threatens the life and freedom of the school-aged child. Teachers are weary of being afraid to go to work. Parents are afraid to send their children to school. “There is work to be done. We hope for positive results that will cause these ideas to spread to schools nationwide,” Noll says.

The teachers taking the early training enthusiastically embraced Noll’s innovative skills and techniques. They learned how to deeply listen by ignoring the words of the student. Noll says, “This skill is counter-intuitive, must be taught, and takes some time to master. However, our experience in maximum security prisons demonstrates that this skill can transform lives in amazing ways. We expect even better results at school sites.” Noll’s program is based on new research about how the human brain processes emotions. From that research Noll and Kaufer developed a listening technique that allowed trained inmate to de-escalate an angry peer in 90 seconds or less. Recognizing the power of the skills, Noll is now training school teachers to be able to de-escalate an emotional, angry student in 90 seconds or less while remaining completely calm and in control—a much needed process in the public school climate today.

Doug Noll is an award winning peacemaker, award winning lawyer, and award winning author of the book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus, 2011), the winner of the International Peace And Justice Book Award. Doug Noll is a core faculty member of the American Institute of Mediation, a preeminent mediation training institute founded by Lee Jay Berman. Doug conducts a comprehensive course on listening and de-escalating anger at http://www.NegotiateACenteredLife.com. For more information contact Diane at info@inspiredmc.com

 

Neuroscience Combined with Communication Skills Creates New Emotional Intimacy Online Course Developed by Award Winning Author, Peacemaker, and Lawyer

21234513_mFresno, Ca………..New online course ‘Its Pure Magic’ offered through the website Negotiate a Centered Life, created by award winning lawyer, award winning author, and professional mediator Douglas Noll, teaches participants how to calm an angry person and develop deep connection in 90 seconds using Noll’s unique formula for developing deep listening skills.

“After years of studying the neuroscience of emotional wiring, and working with prison inmates through my Prison of Peace project, I developed a formula using neuroscience in combination with communication tools. The outcome amazes participants when they learn that they can develop a deep connection, intimacy and have a relationship transformation through listening in a new way,” Noll explains.

Noll named the course Its Pure Magic after hearing participants and inmates exclaim after taking the course, “It’s Pure Magic!” While the online course is new, Noll has been teaching these principles for years in different applications to different audiences, always with rave reviews. The online course includes modules, videos and a workbook.

“The content in this course is rich with skill building, which can be accomplished relatively quickly. People say it changes their lives and relationships. Inmates say that if they would have taken this course earlier in their life they would not be in prison now,” says Noll.

Its Pure Magic offers skill building not taught in traditional classrooms. These skills are often counterintuitive to the way most people are trained to communicate. “Because it is a different way to communicate than traditionally taught, people are at first caught off guard, and then elated to see the results after implementing what they learn,” Noll adds.

Skills learned in Its Pure Magic can be used by teachers, parents, spouses, children, employees and employers. “No matter what context these tools are used in, the outcome surpasses than any other form of communication,” Noll says.

Doug Noll is an award winning peacemaker, award winning lawyer, and award winning author of the book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus, 2011), the winner of the International Peace And Justice Book Award. Doug Noll is a core faculty member of the American Institute of Mediation, a preeminent mediation training institute founded by Lee Jay Berman. Doug conducts a comprehensive course on listening and de-escalating anger at http://www.NegotiateACenteredLife.com. For more information contact Noll at doug@nollassociates.com

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