Professionals Working with Youth to Address Bullying are Meeting in Chicago to Build Healthy Communities

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The International Bullying Prevention Conference in Chicago, November 7-9, 2019, will bring over 600 participants, presenters and vendors together to explore the theme of "Kindness & Compassion: building healthy communities”.

"The Chicago National Conference will hold the empathy experts, the compassion scientists, and the cyberbullying investigators all in the same unified space."

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) is setting out to "put the pieces together" in the puzzle that is bullying in today's world. Its 16th annual conference is rooted in groundbreaking, evidence-based research to inform interdisciplinary practices of all kinds. With over 40 unique workshops empowering attendees to build their most effective "tool-kit" of knowledge and strategies yet, IBPA captures its belief that diverse perspectives are necessary in tackling bullying response and prevention. This year’s conference offers social media and gaming industry safety experts along with leading researchers sharing about their work specific to bullying prevention. The conference’s program was crafted with unwavering intention and all-encompassing vision - there is something for everyone in a space where everyone’s perspective is valued as something special.

An extensive exhibit hall, poster sessions, student-led sessions, yoga each morning and networking opportunities round out a 3-day event that is sure to connect agencies with common missions and offer evidence-based tools and strategies that participants can use in their communities the very next day. The presentations are not designed to create ephemeral inspiration; they’re delivered with the expectation that they can make a real impact in the areas of social-emotional development, mental health, school climate and so much more for students across the globe. School administrators, community agency staff, mental health professionals, educators, counselors, psychologists, law enforcement, university faculty and students will be working side by side to share, connect and move their work forward.

"The Chicago National Conference will hold the empathy experts, the compassion scientists, and the cyberbullying investigators all in the same unified space. Our keynote presenters, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt’s, Jasmine Baber’s and Maya Enista Smith’s messages are just what we need to ignite this immense wealth of knowledge towards new, undiscovered solutions," says Nicolette Granata, IBPA's Communications Coordinator.

Dr Jeanette Betancourt, Senior VP for US Social Impact at Sesame Street in Communities will kick off the conference with her keynote Bringing Help, Hope, and Healing to Our Most Vulnerable Children and Families.Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, will close the conference with her keynote titled Cultivating Kindness to Support Mental Health.

A wealth of additional information about the conference can be found at http://www.ibpaworld.org/. $100 off registration prices is an offer active until September 30, 2019. Join the International Bullying Prevention Association in our vision of “A World Without Bullying,” today!

This year’s sponsors, making this event possible, include Oculus, Facebook, Instagram, InspirED, Microsoft, Hazelden, Second Step, Sprigeo, Bulldog Solution and BullyingPrevention 365.

The International Bullying Prevention Association was created in 2003, the 501(3)C non-profit has a vision of a world without bullying. IBPA, PO Box 99217, Troy, MI 48099. http://www.ibpaworld.org

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