This session will highlight contemporary considerations concerning youth mental health as well as trauma-informed strategies that help to prevent or mitigate risk factors associated with mental health challenges including bullying behavior for school-based application. Emphasis will be on risk and protective factors associated with social, emotional and behavioral wellness in alignment with preventive approaches in schools.
In this era of digital connection and communication, educators and students are facing many challenges such as increased time spent online at younger ages. This interactive presentation will explore some of the complexities of educating, supporting and connecting with youth in today’s world. The presenters will navigate the areas of cyberbullying, online safety and digital citizenship. Working in a multi-tiered system of support framework and focusing on the social emotional needs of students, the presentation will provide practical strategies and usable resources for primary and secondary educators.
Research continues to support negative outcomes in adulthood related to mental and relational health for children who have experienced trauma. In this webinar, Pennsylvania’s trauma-informed principles will be discussed as a framework for moving toward the development of trauma-informed systems. Part of this journey involves addressing childhood experiences through a trauma-informed lens. In terms of bullying, this means we need to identify bullying as a type of school violence and understand it as a type of traumatic experience for students and staff. This presentation will focus on identifying trauma, signs of trauma exposure in students, and how adults can use trauma-informed principles to address exposure to trauma.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is proven to reduce bullying in schools and it also provides a framework for an effective, comprehensive approach to SEL. Presenters from the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program will share research on the relationship between SEL and bullying prevention and discuss how understanding the connection can contribute to a welcoming, safe learning environment. Specific strategies for strengthening SEL skills, reducing bullying, and incorporating both for seamless implementation will be presented.
This workshop explores the loss that has occurred because of the COVID-19 pandemic and how participants can understand and manage the stages of grief including Kessler’s 6th stage, finding meaning. Characteristics of crisis-related stress will be explored along with protective factors and activities to manage stress and promote resilience and guide us down the path of hopefulness. Strategies to build self-efficacy toward emotional, physical and psychological wellbeing will be shared along with effective ways to communicate and support others who need the same level of support.
Bullying is still one of the most pressing issues facing our youth, affecting individuals across ethnicity, gender, grade, and socioeconomic status. One of the best tools for decreasing the problems associated with bullying is to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. Current research findings continue to support a comprehensive, three-tiered approach to bullying prevention.