Free Classes and Trainings

APJN has provided conflict management (CM), peer mediation, and bullying and violence prevention (BVP) training since the mid-1990s. We also collaborated with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to provide CM trainings across Ohio and into Pennsylvania. APJN started the first Comprehensive Conflict Management Program (CCMP) in Ohio at Amesville Elementary and then started CCMPs at West and Chauncey Elementary Schools. In 2012, the Sexual Assault Prevention Program moved to APJN from Tri-County Mental Health. Today, APJN offers a wide array of programming to schools, community groups, and university events and classes on a wide variety of topics, all aiming to equip participants with the skills to have healthy, positive relationships with peers, friends, coworkers and romantic partners.


To set up free classes or training, please contact
Mara Giglio, APJN Director and Trainer, at
Athens Office: 740-592-2608 or Home Office: 740-448-7515



Bullying & Violence Prevention Using the Second Step Curriculum

The Appalachian Peace and Justice Network teaches classes using the award winning, evidence-based curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is a bullying and violence prevention curriculum that is internationally used, reaching 9 million children at 25,000 schools in 26 countries. Second Step teaches social and emotional skills to prevent bullying and violence in schools and communities. It teaches children skills in empathy, problem solving, impulse control, and anger management. It is story-based and includes group discussion, role-plays, interactive games, songs and puppets for younger students, and video vignettes for older children. Backed by over 30 years of research, the Second Step program has been shown to reduce aggressive behaviors and peer rejection across socioeconomic backgrounds. The most recent Second Step study, which appeared in 2005 in The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, found that, in schools using Second Step, students were 42% less aggressive, required 41% fewer adult interventions for minor conflicts, and teachers indicated a 78% improvement in student social competence. For more information, please visit Second Step’s website,

In 2007, APJN began teaching Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention curriculum, at Amesville Elementary. APJN’s Director and Trainer, Mara Giglio, has been trained to teach Second Step by its founders in Seattle, WA. Ms. Giglio teaches Second Step to preschool through 10th grade classes and has taught 62 23-week classes at Alexander Elementary (one class), Amesville Elementary (35 classes), the Athens Community Center (one class), the Athens Middle School (one class), Chauncey Elementary (six classes), Federal Hocking Middle and High School (two classes), the Plains Elementary (four classes), Trimble Elementary (six classes), Trimble Middle School (four individual classes) and West Elementary (six classes).

Nonviolent Communication, NVC (All ages)

Started by Marshall Rosenburg in the 1960’s, NVC is a world-wide movement to end violence. Marshall ascertains that people are not naturally violent and only act out in violence when they see no viable non-violent conflict resolution strategy and feel dis-empowered. He created a conflict resolution model that seeks to respect and honor the needs of all parties involved. In this workshop, we both teach and practice the model using real life situations and solutions.

Conflict Management (All ages)

This workshop is designed to teach basic nonviolent communication and problem solving skills. Participants will learn how to develop an environment where conflicts do not erupt into violence, facilitate activities that increase positive bank accounts with each other, support and affirm diversity, and establish an overall tone of respect.

Peer Mediation (3rd grade and up)

Participants will learn how to resolve disputes before they require serious discipline. Students participate in creating solutions to their own problems, learn how to preserve or improve relationships and learn life-long communication and negotiation skills.

Peer Mediation Programs:

This program aims to teach a select group of students advanced intervention and problem solving strategies. The goal is to change the school culture – mediators are looked up to as role models. This program empowers students to be responsible for their school’s or organization’s climate and prepare students for possible roles as a middle and high school mediator or as an adult mediator. Peer mediation training is typically two days of instruction and practice.

Training for the Whole School:

  • Summer planning retreat coordination to assess your group’s needs and design a program that will work best for your students, teachers and staff
  • CM committee coordination to implement the summer retreat plan
  • Newsletters on monthly CM themes, ideas on how to infuse the theme into academics and resource tie-ins
  • Words of the Week (WOW) that connect the monthly themes to language arts Bulletin boards on the monthly themes and WOW
  • Resources to infuse CM lessons into the language arts curriculum
  • Whole School Morning Meetings to build a sense of community and trust that helps students succeed in academics

Training for Students:

  • Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention Curriculum (
  • Peer Mediation Training – 3rd grade and up
  • Mix It Up Day Coordination
  • Service Clubs to help negative leaders become positive leaders
  • CM lessons modeled in classes
  • CM resources
  • Peace Bench(es) for students to talk through conflicts

Training for Teachers:

  • In services on infusing CM into language arts, bullying prevention, nonviolent communication and whole school coordination of CM programs.
  • Model CM infusion into language arts lessons
  • Resources on CM pedagogy and curriculum
  • Chat and Chew to strengthen positive relationships between teachers

Training for Administrators:

  • Conflict Management for the Workplace

Training for Bus Drivers:

  • De-escalating Conflicts on the Bus


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