Addressing Bullying in Communities

Date: August 15, 2013
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Manistee Intermediate School District
Contact: Denise Aungst: 231-533-8818 or aungstd@anr.msu.edu

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Time:  8:00 a.m.: Workshop check-in and refreshments; 8:30 a.m.-11:30: Workshop

Location: Manistee Intermediate School District

Cost: $15

Registration deadline: August 2, 2013

Workshop description:

Bullying is widespread and of great concern to many of us – including young people, families, educators, youth workers and other community members. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying is a form of youth violence that can cause physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Bullying has serious consequences which put youth at higher risk for substance abuse, academic problems, mental health issues, and violence in adolescence and adulthood.

While schools across the country have stepped up efforts to protect students from harassment, intimidation and physical violence, support is needed to help adults in a variety of youth settings learn ways to work with young people to build healthy relationships and settings. Educators, youth workers and families all have important roles to play in creating environments that foster healthy social and emotional development.

Providing adults with opportunities to explore and connect around these issues is the focus of a Michigan State University Extension workshop titled ABCs of Bullying Prevention: Addressing Bullying in Community Settings. This half-day workshop is designed for adults who live with, care about and work with young people, including parents, caregivers and those who work in schools, youth and family agencies, youth organizations (such as 4-H, Scouts, and Boys and Girls Clubs), juvenile justice, faith-based communities, recreation departments and other community groups.

During the ABCs of Bullying Prevention workshop, participants will:

  • Share perspectives on the prevalence and types of bullying behaviors affecting their communities – and explore how these perspectives connect with recent research.
  • Examine bullying, bias and harassment through the lens of differences.
  • Explore key strategies for addressing these complex issues at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels.
  • Learn about programs and resources that can be used in community settings, including an MSU Extension initiative titled Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments.

The workshop will be facilitated by Denise Aungst, Extension educator. It is based on the work of MSU Extension program leaders Janet Olsen and Karen Pace, who are co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum.

Workshop registration and accommodations

The registration cost for this workshop covers workshop materials and refreshments. Online registration closes on August 2, 2013. If registration is low (less than 20) the workshop will be cancelled and registration fees will be refunded.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Denise Aungst at 231-533-8818 or aungstd@anr.msu.edu by August 2, 2013. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/bullying.

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