Approaches to Work in Reducing Entrenched Patterns of Violent Behavior: The CAI Model – A Peace Intervention

Approaches to Work in Reducing Entrenched Patterns of Violent Behavior: The CAI Model – A Peace Intervention

Christina McLaughlin (Independent Researcher, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2209-6.ch003
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Abstract

In this chapter, the author will demonstrate the use of a peace intervention to increase children's self-identity, community attachments, and coping mechanisms. With correct training and awareness, this project could be implemented throughout elementary schools and community organizations. This chapter will highlight the connection between social and emotional learning as a peace intervention to further reduce the impact of trauma at a later stage in a child's life. Leaning on Axline's play therapy principles and Bronfenbrenner's bio-ecological theory, the author will illustrate how this will become a feasible and sustainable peace intervention. For this, the author has developed the CAI model.
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The Cai Model

This guide is based upon the principles of Community, Attachment and Identity, which has been developed from the CAI model. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a practical guide for the implementation of this model through the principles mentioned and to promote children’s social awareness attachments. This guide aims to illustrate how creative interventions such as art and story writing can assist children to identify local community supports. It also aims to interlink the three principles of community, attachment and identity to become sources of support. This guide will provide the reader with a six session plan which will encourage children to form cogitative attachments using developmentally suitable techniques. With the use of reflection, children will be able to note local community supports which are readily available. This includes a person, place, or an activity based support.

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