Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D. Jo Ann Allen Film: Let’s Get Real
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This year’s symposium will focus on Bullying, an issue that has been at the forefront of our society’s problem list for quite some time. The issue continues to evolve as has the research into contributing factors as well as potential solutions. Consideration will be given to those most vulnerable to bullying, why that might be the case, and how to mitigate those tendencies. Additionally, understanding the perpetrators and what influences their behavior is essential to forming interventions to reverse this destructive trend.
The day’s 5 hour program will expand the participant’s knowledge base as well as provide useful insights into strategies and interventions on these issues confronting young people, as well as research and public policy that form the foundation for the response to these problems.
The program will again combine nationally recognized experts with local expert presenters, utilizing both individual presentations, a film followed by a panel discussion and question and answer period.
1. Cite three defining criteria that differentiate bullying from other harmful behaviors (i.e., deliberate, repeated, and power imbalanced)
2. Identify the differences among several key forms of bullying (i.e., physical, verbal, indirect or relational, and cyber-bullying)
3. Describe how children learn to bully others (i.e., by observing, directly experiencing, or viewing/ interacting with bullying in media)
4. Recognize the three faces of bullying – the bully, the victim and the bystander – how these roles develop, and how children in each role can contribute to the escalation or termination of bullying
5. List three ways that bystanders often contribute to bullying and three ways that they can help to prevent bullying
6. Recommend at least three activities that adults can do with children of any age to prepare them to stop or prevent bullying
7. Implement several promising and exemplary research-based interventions to prevent or stop bullying
8. Consider strategies and activities currently in place to address the bullying activities in local schools
In an effort to go green, the speaker’s power point presentations will not be distributed at the event. Electronic versions of handouts and presentations will be made available for download online to all registered participants. Please review the materials and print those that you wish to have with you at the program and bring them with you.
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.
Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D. (Professor, University of Illinois, Champaign) has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for two decades. She has over 120 research publications. She is PI on two CDC-funded Second Step randomized clinical trials to prevent violence in 50 middle schools. National Science Foundation funds her work to develop better observational methods to assess bullying among adolescents. NIJ and NIH are funding her longitudinal and social network studies of these behaviors. She conducts hundreds of keynotes and workshops to disseminate her research findings a year.
The Film entitled: Let’s Get Real
The award winning documentary by Debra Chasnoff will be introduced and shown, immediately followed by a facilitated discussion, led by our very own Dr. Suzanne Nicholas, using information from the curriculum guide. The total time for the film and discussion will be 90 minutes.
Name-calling and bullying are at epidemic proportions among youth across the country, and are often the root causes of violence in schools. Let’s Get Real gives young people the chance to tell their stories in their own words–and the results are heartbreaking, shocking, inspiring and poignant. Unlike the vast majority of films made for schools about the issue, Let’s Get Real doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or feature adults lecturing kids about what to do when “bad” kids pick on them.
Let’s Get Real examines a variety of issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. The film not only gives a voice to targeted kids, but also to kids who do the bullying to find out why they lash out at their peers and how it makes them feel. The most heartening part of Let’s Get Real includes stories of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a classmate. For more information about the documentary, please visit the website. http://groundspark.org/our-films-and-campaigns/lets-get-real.
Jo Ann Allen
Jo Ann Allen is a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County and has either lived or worked in nearly all cities and communities of the county. Jo Ann has been an administrator at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education for 24 years. Her duties encompass the oversight of multiple projects and programs to address the needs of high-risk youth populations. She has extensive experience in monitoring federal and state grant requirements, program implementation, coordination of services and vast experience in collaborating with multiple federal, state and local agencies to create sustainable programs to support “high-risk” youth. She has planned or been part of a planning committee for local, state and national conferences. She has a BA degree in Business and Project Management and has specialized training in organizational development, conflict resolution, youth development practices, strength-based assessments, school safety assessments, balanced restorative justice, Youth Court diversion programs, integration of preventative services into schools, and bullying/teen dating violence prevention – to name a few. She is a firm believer in creating protective factors in schools and communities that foster resiliency in all children and youth.
Registration and Cost
The registration fee is $90.00. Payment must be included at time of registration to reserve a seat. Fee includes lunch.
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We strongly recommend that you check with your state regulatory agency to determine whether or not you are eligible for continuing education credit by participating in this educational event.
California Registered Nurses: This course is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number # CEP 881, for 5 contact hours.
California MFT’s & LCSW’s: Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education (CE’s) for MFT’s & LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider: Alicia Najera, LCSW: Provider No. 1109.
California Psychologists: The Santa Cruz County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. SCCMHSAS maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Provider No. SAN 121
Drug & Alcohol Counselors: Provider is the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency, approved for 6 CE hours by CAADAC. Provider No. 4S-99-419-0613