Prevention and Intervention Efforts to Address Bullying and School Violence

12:00pm - February 9, 2023 thru 1:00pm - February 9, 2023 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2023
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Going to school each day for students, staff, and faculty is not how it used to be. With school violence increasing, being trauma-informed is crucial.

Event Description

Paint the picture of what hardening of schools is looking like -- school active shooter drills, metal detectors, clear back packs, school security officers etc. How do we soften the hardening? We do this by training our teachers and adults in schools to understand trauma-informed approaches, social-emotional learning, restorative practices, and culturally competent practices. This research talk will discuss two decades of research on bullying and other forms of youth violence. Meta-analytic results will be highlighted to demonstrate efficacy of school-based programs and their components. Innovative efforts to address bullying, sexual violence, and school violence will also be highlighted. These innovative efforts involve developing apps for students to communicate both emotional and physical safety concerns, youth-led student campaigns to address mental health issues and school climate concerns, and professional development training programs for school police officers.


Dorothy Espelage, PhD

Dorothy Espelage











Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is the William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Espelage’s research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science & the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education. She has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles, 80 book chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, & gang violence. 

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