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Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention



Presentation to UB's Professional Staff Senate on November 17, 2011.

Presentation to UB's Professional Staff Senate on November 17, 2011.



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  • Amanda Nickerson, PhD Associate Professor and DirectorAlberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention University at Buffalo Professional Staff Senate Meeting November 17, 2011
  •  Alberti Center Slideshow About the Alberti Center Brief Overview of Bullying Resources for Students
  • Our mission is to research, identify, and disseminateresources to practitioners on the topics of bullying abuse prevention and intervention.
  • Jean M. Alberti, Amanda B. Nickerson, Ph.D. Rebecca E. Ligman, M.S.Ed. Ph.D. Director Assistant to the Director Benefactor Heather Cosgrove Michelle Serwacki Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant
  •  Identification of high quality resources and links for website Needs assessment • Resource availability and utilization Selectpresentations to educators, parents, and community organizations
  •  Gender, empathy, group norms, and prosocial affiliations on bullying roles (middle school) Bullying, anxiety, and self-care (middle school) Group intervention for students at-risk for depression (middle and high school) Evaluation of the PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum
  •  Protectivefactors (focus on family) for bullying, victimization and sexual harassment Assessment and ongoing monitoring of school climate and bullying/victimization (in conjunction with examination of strategies implemented) Spring 2012 bullying prevention conference
  • Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Youth Depression: A Parent Perspective A presentation by John Halligan November 21, 2011  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Wesleyan Church of Hamburg Learn More About Bullying & Prevention Skills to Help Your Children A UB Employee Assistance Program workshop led by Dr. Amanda Nickerson December 13, 2011  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
  • Intentional, usuallyrepeated acts of verbal,physical, or writtenaggression by a peer (orgroup of peers) operatingfrom a position of strengthor power with the goal ofhurting the victim physicallyor damaging status and/orsocial reputation Olweus (1978); United States Department of Education (1998)
  •  Physical bullying • punching, shoving, acts that hurt people Verbal bullying • name calling, making offensive remarks Indirect bullying • spreading rumors, excluding, ganging up Cyber bullying • willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices Hinduja & Patchin (2009)
  • Bullying: Based on a powerimbalance; intent to causepsychological or physicalharm; usually repeated Teasing: Fun, good-natured, “give-and-take” between friends to get both parties to laughConflict: A struggle,dispute, ormisunderstanding betweentwo equal forces
  •  STRUCTURE and SUPPORT • Clear, consistently enforced expectations and policies for behavior, including prohibition of bullying and harassment, and effective classroom management – means of reporting • Warmth, positive interest, adult involvement and supervision, and appreciation of differences
  •  Briefassemblies or one-day awareness raising events Zero-tolerance policies • May result in under-reporting bullying • Limited evidence in curbing bullying behavior Peer mediation, peer-led conflict resolution • Many programs that use this approach actually saw increase in victimization • Grouping students who bully together may actually reinforce this behavior Dodge, Dishion, & Lansford, (2006); Farrington & Ttofi, (2009); Nansel et al., (2001)
  •  Listen Empathize • “That must have been very scary for you” Thank student for telling Take is seriously Partner with student and school to problem-solve Follow-up
  •  Focus on behavior (not student as person) and why it is not OK Apply logical, meaningful consequences Increase supervision and monitoring Work with student to develop plan for how to prevent this behavior in the future Consider professional help to increase empathy, perspective taking, and problem-solving
  •  Prohibits harassment of students with respect to race, weight, religion, sexual preference, etc.  Unlawful to not remedy harassment or bullying on school grounds  Includes: • Policies and guidelines • Curriculum changes in civility, citizenship, and education Effective July 1, 2012 • Training (for staff and point person) • Record keeping
  •  University Police – 716.645.2222 (if there is an imminent threat) Office of Judicial Affairs – 716.645.6154 (if there is not an imminent threat) Counseling Center – 716.645.2720 (for counseling services) Officeof Equality, Diversity & Affirmative Action – 716.645.2266 (for sexual harassment concerns)
  •  SuicideLifeline 1.800.273.TALK LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline 1.866.4.U.TREVOR Crisis Services Hotline 716.834.3131 Crisis Chat (online emotional support)