Elementary workshops are one hour classroom workshops facilitated by three CAP facilitators. Using role-plays and guided group discussion, the classroom workshop trains children to recognize potentially dangerous situations, and to make effective use of the options available to them when dealing with such a situation. CAP emphasizes self assertion, peer support and communication with a trusted adult as prevention strategies. CAP approaches the question of assault within the framework of basic human rights.
The opening discussion of “rights” is followed by three role-plays. Each one is followed by discussion. These role-plays represent the most common assault experiences a child might encounter: child against child (the playground bully),adult stranger against child, and assault involving an adult the child knows.The role-plays are used to provide situations from which children and brainstorm successful strategies. Preschool CAP ClipEach role-play is performed twice. First the child is shown as a victim.Then, after a “brainstorming session” the role-play is redone as a “success story”,incorporating positive prevention techniques. Children are given an opportunity to participate in supportive roles to practice positive behavior. These role-plays are conducted by certified adult CAP facilitators (Note: CAP never allows children participating in their programs to be placed in a negative or scary role even if they are only acting.)
In a final role play, the classroom teacher is invited to play her/himself as a supportive adult responding to a child’s request for help. This role-play gives children an opportunity to visualize what would happen if they needed to talk to someone about a problem. It gives a clear message to children that their teachers care and are there to offer support.
Following a brief summary, children are told that CAP facilitators will be available for further discussion. We have found that many children seek out workshop facilitators to talk about a variety of issues. Emphasis during this review time is primarily reinforcing skills learned during the classroom workshop and strengthening children’s belief in their rights to be SAFE, STRONG and FREE.