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Children In Trauma Conference 2011

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Children in Trauma 2011 was an intensive practicum providing best practices training on bullying, the destructive use of personal power. Featured speakers from the Centers for Disease Control and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program provided an in-depth understanding of current research and bullying prevention strategies.

This landmark conference was for clinicians, teachers and school administrators, emergency personnel, medical care providers, extracurricular and other professionals. Clinical treatment protocol, including assessment and the long-term potential impact of bullying, were addressed, and attendees gained a better understanding of the role of the bully, the target (victim), and the bystander.

  • Clinicians learned guidelines for assessment and treatment options for children of varied ages.
  • Elementary and secondary teachers learned tools for classroom management, and how bullying impacts learning potential.
  • Physicians and nurse practitioners enhanced their understanding of psychosomatic medical implications in the treatment of children and youth.
  • Youth group leaders learned how to design & manage programs to discourage bullying, be aware of potential problems, and manage incidents.
  • Emergency personnel learned strategies to help victims feel safe and be able to be verbal during rescue situations.

Agenda Topics:

  • Overlap between bullying and other forms of victimization and perpetration
  • Cyber bullying / Electronic aggression
  • Key components of evidence-based bullying prevention programs
  • Introduction of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
  • Review of national research conducted by Clemson University
  • Best practices in bullying prevention
  • Comprehensive assessment tool to address the treatment of perpetrators, victims and their families


Family Forum on Bullying

Parents, families, and community members came to a special forum to share personal stories and real-world experiences with bullying. National and local experts from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today – and Youth for Change were on-hand to answer questions, address concerns, and give tools to advocate for your child and others in the community. Participants received valuable resources for interacting with schools, organizations, and the community at large.

Attendees at the community forum gained a better understanding of:

  • The definition of bullying and why they should be concerned about it
  • The impact of bullying on its victims, the bullies, witnesses, and families
  • What to can do if your child is being bullied or witnesses bullying
  • How families and schools can partner together to put an end to bullying



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