Peace Education Action Committee

PsySRAchieving a culture of peace requires developing peaceful people. Peace education, broadly defined, includes all efforts to facilitate development of peaceful people. Peace education often takes place in schools, churches, families, community learning centers, counseling centers, clinics, prisons, and the workplace. Of course, it may occur anywhere, and the learners may be anyone--including young children, graduate students, United Nations peacekeepers, and police officers.

Global peace education includes international studies, holocaust studies, and nuclear education. Conflict resolution programs teach about mediation, negotiation, and communication skills. Violence prevention programs emphasize domestic violence, drug abuse, anger management, and teaching tolerance. Development education includes human rights education, environmental studies, and an emphasis on power and resource inequities and structural violence. Nonviolence education is based on the ideas of Gandhi, King, and other great peacemakers.

PsySR's Peace Education Action Committee works to promote peace education in a variety of settings, with a particular focus on the psychological aspects of peace and conflict. Read More »

Join PsySR's Peace Education Action Committee Today!

Interested PsySR members are encouraged to join the Peace Education Action Committee. For more information about the committee’s projects, recent actions and how to join, please email Action Committee co-chairs Linden Nelson (llnelson@calpoly.edu) and Richard Wagner (rwagner@bates.edu). You can join the committee’s listserv by sending an e-mail message to psysr-pe-owner@yahoogroups.com (include "Request to Join Listserv" in the subject line).

New “Consider Careers for the Greater Good” Brochure

PsySR’s Peace Education Action Committee has created a new “Careers for the Greater Good” brochure for high school and college students designed to encourage consideration of the social and environmental consequences of career choices. A PDF version of the trifold brochure is available HERE. A complimentary copy may be requested from the PsySR office, and multiple copies may be ordered for 10 cents each, plus postage. To order, please email info@psysr.org. We welcome donations to PsySR to defray the costs of printing and distributing these brochures.

Promoting Peace Education with the "Every Child, Every Day" Brochure

PsySR’s Peace Education Action Committee and the Peace and Education Working Group of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence (APA Division 48) have created the “Every Child, Every Day” brochure to promote school-based conflict resolution education, violence prevention, and social and emotional learning programs. A printable two-sided PDF version of the trifold brochure is available HERE and more information about using the brochure is available HERE. Professionally printed copies can be ordered from PsySR by emailing info@psysr.org. We welcome donations to PsySR to defray the costs of printing and distributing these brochures.

Graduate Programs in Peace Psychology

The Peace Education Action Committee often receives inquiries from students about the possibility of graduate training in peace psychology. Information about such graduate programs is available HERE.

"Us & Them": PsySR's Presenter's Manual for Moderating Group Conflict

Written by Stephen Fabick and based on a project of the Michigan Chapter of PsySR, this Presenter's Manual provides tools for intervention before intergroup prejudice and tensions erupt into violence. The program it describes is applicable to an array of problems including religious intolerance, racial tension, ethnic turmoil, and community divisiveness.

Two Important PsySR Manuals: "Dismantling the Mask of Enmity" and "Enemy Images"

These two manuals were prepared by PsySR a decade and a half apart. Both the Cold War era "Dismantling the Mask of Enmity" and the post-9/11 "Enemy Images" (updated in 2004) provide important insights and strategies for dismantling images that limit our thinking about security and that fuel tensions and wars.

Textbook on Peace, Conflict, and Violence by PsySR Authors

Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology for the 21st Century by PsySR members Dan Christie, Richard Wagner, and Deborah DuNann Winter (Prentice-Hall, 2001) is now available for free download in PDF format HERE. This text brings together the key concepts, themes, theories, and practices that are defining peace psychology today.

A Graduate Level Curriculum For Trauma Intervention and Conflict Resolution

This Graduate Level Curriculum for trauma intervention and conflict resolution in ethnopolitical warfare was prepared by a joint task force of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations. PsySR served as the secretariat for this important project.

Links and Resources to Learn More and Take Action

The Peace Education Action Committee has prepared extensive links and resources for teaching peace at the K-12 levels (HERE) and at the college level (HERE). Recommendations of additions to these lists are welcome.