International Bullying Prevention Conference to Unite Youth and Youth Advocates from Norway to New Orleans, Nov. 6-8

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The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) is bringing together experts, educators, community agency staff and students this fall to get to the bottom of bullying and help schools and communities implement bullying prevention strategies.

Strategies and Tools to Prevent Bullying

“Bullying often goes unreported by students in many schools across the country. Despite research findings that show bullying has significant long-term impacts, many young people are reluctant to speak up,” said IBPA President Patti Agatston Ph.D.

The International Bullying Prevention Association is hosting its annual conference from Nov. 6-8 in New Orleans, welcoming nearly 800 teens and adults from more than 10 countries.

This year’s conference theme, “Getting to the Bottom of It: Bullying Prevention through Empathy and Kindness,” features 40 workshops and sessions from local and national presenters, and keynote addresses from Michele Borba, Ph.D., an internationally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert; and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.

Workshop topics range from restorative practices and health consequences of bullying to cyberbullying and cultural competency. Additional conference highlights include student-led sessions, an exhibit hall and numerous networking and capacity-building opportunities.

“Bullying often goes unreported by students in many schools across the country. Despite research findings that show bullying has significant long-term impacts, many young people are reluctant to speak up,” said IBPA President Patti Agatston, Ph.D. “It is up to us as parents, teachers, counselors and youth advocates to not only learn the signs of bullying and know how to effectively respond to children and youth but also to implement or advocate for evidence-based prevention strategies. This conference will provide the solutions that attendees can begin using immediately in their schools and communities.”

The 2016 International Bullying Prevention Conference is sponsored by Facebook, Microsoft, Friends Sweden, Hazelden Publishing, Second Step/Committee for Children, Responsive Classrooms and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Student and member discounts are available. Preconference sessions are $55 each. Visit http://www.ibpaworld.org for details or to register.

The International Bullying Prevention Association was founded in 2003 when grassroots practitioners and researchers came together to convene the first conference in the US entirely focused on bullying prevention. Since then, it has grown to be the premier global membership organization dedicated to advancing bullying prevention best practices.

IBPA, PO Box 9917, Troy, MI 48099, info(at)ibpaworld.org
Patti Agatston, Ph.D., President

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