The BeCool conflict management program addresses four classes of difficult behaviors that can be expressed by others: Criticism, Teasing, Bullying, Anger/others and Anger/Self. In each of the video scenarios a character is challenged by a difficult person who, in some way, is trying to intimidate or manipulate him/her. After a moment of hesitation, the character models three different ways to respond; blowing up or “HOT,” giving up or “COLD” and being in control or “COOL.” The negative consequences of the giving up response and the “blowing up” response are then contrasted against the positive outcomes of the “being in control” response.
The BeCool program uses icons to symbolize COLD, HOT, and COOL responses. Each time a particular response is illustrated, it is paired with the icon that symbolizes that response. In time, students are able to recall the feeling tone of the COLD, HOT and COOL response by recalling the icon itself. These icons will be of special help learners with cognitive disabilities. These students may by unable to verbalize behaviors associated with acting “COOL” but quite capable of recalling the clouds icon of the COOL response and the calm tone associated with it and act accordingly.
BeCool is much more than a violence prevention program. It teaches self control in managing conflicts in everyday situations such as sharing, keeping promises, peer pressure and handling frustration. With over 20 specific assertive techniques to cope with conflict, the BeCool program helps students manage some of the most common and difficult interpersonal problems faced by adolescents. Being the brunt of teasing, bullying, anger, and criticism can produce tremendous stress, serious behavior problems, and destruction of self-esteem. Using the self-defense coping strategies presented in this program, your students will learn how to minimize the destructive effects of these behaviors, as well as promote positive interpersonal interactions. When confronted by difficult people or difficult situations, they’ll know that the best defense is to BeCool
The powerful tool of peer VideoModeling has proven enormously effective in reaching all levels of students, from the behaviorally challenged to those who simply face everyday tensions at home, in the classroom and on the playground.
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