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Presentations

The first step to preventing bullying is making sure students, educators, parents, and other community members are educated about bullying and related behavior. The following presentations are offered by the Alberti Center staff and can be offered in a variety of formats, including keynotes, workshops, and webinar/virtual. If you are interested in offering any of these presentations, or have questions or specific needs, please contact alberticenter@buffalo.edu.

Educators

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

Faculty and staff at the Alberti Center can present a wide variety of presentations on bullying in today’s schools and communities, exploring its impact upon students’ learning and sense of safety.  These presentations include practical solutions, interventions, and strategies, and resources for identifying and combating these challenges to promote a safe school climate.

Cyberbullying and Digital Media Use: What Educators Need to Know

Although technology and social media use can be positive for many teens, problematic media use and cyberbullying can be a concern for many parents, educators, and other professionals working with adolescents. This presentation will provide an overview on technology and social media use among children and teens, with a focus on cyberbullying. Specific strategies and resources will be shared for educators to prevent cyberbullying and promote safe and respectful behavior in online spaces.  

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Follow-Up Training

This workshop is a customized training on DASA for individual school districts’ administrators and DASA coordinators.

These customized sessions address the on-going training needs for school administrators and DASA coordinators. Content is determined through consultation with the district and those who will be attending the session. Previous DASA Follow-Up trainings have focused on: school social climate and its correlation to bullying and aggression; the difficulty of addressing allegations of bullying in a climate “where everything is bullying;” strategies that focus on the safety of the target as opposed to punishment of the bully; a deep dive into what constitutes a “material incident” of bullying; how to build relationships with parents of bullies and victims so that they become willing to support the school’s efforts to address the problem; social-emotional learning and bullying; and how to approach interventions that do not depend on harsh punishments for bullies.

Promoting Social-Emotional Strengths Through Assessment and Intervention

As part of a balanced, comprehensive understanding of children’s mental health, it is important to not only examine the problems that interfere with functioning, but also to assess and build upon social-emotional strengths. Social-emotional skills create a sense of accomplishment, contribute to satisfying relationships, enhance the ability to cope with stress, and promote social and academic development. This presentation includes advantages of focusing on social-emotional strengths, an overview of strength-based assessment measures, and approaches to developing these strengths at the individual, small group, and school-wide levels.

Adolescent Social Drama: Navigating the Messy Milieu of Teen Social Relationships in an Online World

Adolescent social drama is defined as an interaction or series of interactions characterized by overreaction, excessive emotionality, involvement of extraneous others, prolongation, and triviality, played out as a performance, often on social media. This presentation describes social drama and contrasts it with other types of social interaction such as aggression and bullying. It also looks at the possible factors that contribute to drama such as personality traits like narcissism, extroversion, and rejection sensitivity. The content will include information on how rumination and co-rumination, deindividuation, group think, and emotional contagion all contribute to drama. Efforts to address drama will look at the practice of mindfulness, promotion of moral re-engagement, development of working memory, encouragement of empathy, and the teaching of cognitive reappraisal.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education: Reality, Challenges, Barriers, and Opportunities

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a serious public health concern that merits continued monitoring and study.  This session will review current statistics on CSA, signs that a child is being abused, effects of CSA, characteristics of perpetrators and their grooming behaviors, and how to respond to a disclosure of CSA. Additionally, this session will review educational materials for parents and PreK-grade 5 educators that have been evaluated by the Alberti Center. Findings from these studies will explore the challenges and barriers faced by parents and educators as they attempt to protect children from CSA. Opportunities and needed changes to policy and practices will be discussed that protect children while supporting their development, as well as how to support parents in these efforts. This training is for professionals who work with CSA victims and their families, and who educate parents and teachers about CSA.

Parents

Bullying Prevention and Intervention for Parents and Families

Faculty and staff at the Alberti Center can present a wide variety of presentations for parents and families on bullying in today’s schools and communities. These presentations include an overview of bullying, the different forms of bullying, and signs that your child may be involved. The presentations also include practical solutions and strategies for parents and families regarding identifying, preventing, and intervening with bullying situations.

Cyberbullying and Digital Media Use: What Parents Need to Know

Although technology and social media use can be positive for many teens, problematic media use and cyberbullying can be a concern for many parents, educators, and other professionals working with adolescents. This presentation will provide an overview on technology and social media use among children and teens, with a focus on cyberbullying. Specific strategies and resources will be shared for parents to prevent cyberbullying and promote safe and respectful behavior in online spaces.  

Being Positive for Our Kids: Promoting Social Emotional Strengths

Interdisciplinary research from the fields of education and psychology make it clear that we should be focusing on the social emotional health of children and adolescents. Social emotional skills create a sense of accomplishment, contribute to satisfying relationships, enhance the ability to cope with stress, and promote social and academic development. This session will describe the concept of social emotional learning, the importance of strength-based approaches, and what parents can do to enhance the social emotional strengths of children and adolescents. Resources are provided that can be utilized within home or educational settings.

Adolescent Social Drama: Navigating the Messy Milieu of Teen Social Relationships in an Online World

Adolescent social drama is defined as an interaction or series of interactions characterized by overreaction, excessive emotionality, involvement of extraneous others, prolongation, and triviality, played out as a performance, often on social media. This presentation describes social drama and contrasts it with other types of social interaction such as aggression and bullying. It also looks at the possible factors that contribute to drama such as personality traits like narcissism, extroversion, and rejection sensitivity. The content will include information on how rumination and co-rumination, deindividuation, group think, and emotional contagion all contribute to drama. Efforts to address drama will look at the practice of mindfulness, promotion of moral re-engagement, development of working memory, encouragement of empathy, and the teaching of cognitive reappraisal.

Students

Bullying: What It Is and How You Can Help

Despite hearing the word bullying on a daily basis, we find that many students, teachers, parents and community members are left questioning what it really is. The consequences of bullying can loom large for perpetrators, victims and bystanders as well as the broader climate. This impact can be seen in both the short and long term. This talk is designed to briefly overview what bullying is and why we need to respond to it. In addition, particular attention is paid with regard to what individuals can do to prevent and intervene when it comes to bullying. This presentation is differentiated based on age of attendees as well as to address specific concerns within a particular setting. In addition, it can be adjusted to small groups with a variety of hands on learning activities as well as for larger assembly style presentations based on need.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a subset of bullying that can be particularly difficult to manage due to the high rates of communication through electronic means in today’s society. The increased access and anonymity found in cyberbullying contribute to the complexity of the issue. This talk is designed to briefly overview bullying with a particular emphasis on cyberbullying. Prevention and intervention methods are a key component of this talk in an effort to empower audience members to find ways to decrease rates of cyberbullying and promote a more positive school and community climate. This talk can be adapted to a larger assembly style presentation or as a workshop depending on needs.

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Presentation at Campbell County Schools.