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The Ebb and Flow of Bullying Prevention in Schools

Stacia Walker, Bullying and Harassment Program Coordinator, Cedar Rapids Community School District So, you’ve decided to adopt a bullying prevention program in your school district. You’ve spent months upon months researching and analyzing what bullying and harassment program best fits your school system, and you discover the perfect fit! There is district support, a team …

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Alan Conley Interview: IBPA 2019 Presenter Interview Series

“I believe that mental health plays a major role in bullying prevention, especially sense bullying can cause adverse psychological effects to both the one being bullied and the bully as well.” Alan Conley There is little debate as to the negative impact bullying can have on the mental health of youth. However, the complete solution …

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I Just Kept Coming Back!

Yes, I did. Year after year after year. The IBPA conference is celebrating its 16th year this year. I have attended 14 of the conferences. I missed the first one because I did not know about it. I missed the most recent Nashville conference because I was in Africa and could not get out of …

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Trauma Is More Than ACEs

The original Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research from Felitti, Anda and their colleagues (1998) was the first to offer clear evidence of the long lasting impact of childhood trauma into adulthood. These researchers categorized the experiences of neglect, abuse, and household dysfunction into ten experiences, from incarcerated family member and emotional neglect to divorce and …

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Trust as the Beginning Place

Over the last five years or so, government agencies, research institutions, training organizations and more have established guiding principles for trauma-informed work, most notably the US Center for Disease Control in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. While safety is usually the number one consideration, trust or trustworthiness is also found in …

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The Complexity of Empathy

For the last two decades, research has shown empathy to be an essential capacity needed to build the strong relationships that are the backbone of safe and supportive school communities. With ample evidence of the positive impact of increased empathy on school culture and on the health and well-being of staff and students, educators are …

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The Science of Resilience

The growing shift in developing trauma-sensitive schools has also resulted in a surge of programs and approaches that aim to build resilience in students and staff.  Even though people agree that resilient students thrive in school and beyond, a common understanding of what the word resilience means is important before considering these programs and initiatives. …

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