Prevention Intervention Center

PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOLS

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength is an evidence-based suicide prevention and health promotion program that trains student leaders to make positive changes in their school culture. School staff are trained as Adult Advisors before a diverse group of students are nominated to participate in a four hour training led by a nationally certified trainer. Sources of Strength peer leaders create projects for the entire student body to engage in naming Trusted Adults within the school. Students also participate in activities that encourage strength and wellness in an effort to increase help seeking and a positive school climate.

 

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a school-wide, comprehensive framework focused on systemic change to create a safe and positive school climate. The goals of the OBPP are to reduce existing bullying programs among students, prevent new bullying problems, and achieve better peer relations. These goals are pursued by restructuring the school environment to reduce opportunities and rewards for bullying, encouraging pro-social behaviors, and building a sense of community. The OBPP has proven to reduce bullying, improve classroom social climate, and reduce related antisocial behaviors.

 

Restorative Practices

The aim of Restorative Practices in the school setting is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships.  School staff are trained to use circles proactively before problems occur in order to improve relationship and overall school climate.  Training in restorative practices also helps staff deal with misbehavior and achieve the kind of durable solutions that schools need. 

 

Peer Mediation

This is a two-day training program for students to learn the formalized process of mediation. Students learn how to help other students verbalize their problems and help them come up with solutions (win/win). Peer mediation is part of an overall continuum of student helping student programs, including Natural Helpers, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Tables.

 

Natural Helpers Program

The Natural Helpers program is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal "helping network" exist. Students with problems naturally seek out other students-and occasionally teachers or other school staff-whom they trust. They want advice, assistance, or just sympathetic ear. The Natural Helpers program uses this existing helping network; and provides training to students and adults who are already identified as "natural" helpers. It gives them the skills they need to provide help more effectively to young people who solicit it.

The Natural Helpers program is designed to meet four basic goals:

  • To help young people develop the capability to prevent some of the problems of adolescence including depression, suicide, and drug use.
  • To help young people develop the capability to intervene effectively with troubled friends.
  • To help young people develop the capability to choose positive ways of taking care of themselves.
  • To help young people develop the capability to improve their school and community.

 

Bullying Prevention Program

The Bullying Prevention Program (BPP) is a multi-level, multi-component program designed to reduce and prevent school's bully/victim problems among primary and secondary programs. School staffs are largely responsible for introducing and implementing the program, and their efforts are directed towards peer relations and making the school a safe and pleasant place to be. The Bullying Prevention Program attempts to restructure the existing school environment to reduce opportunities and rewards for bullying behavior.

The BPP has been shown to result in substantial reductions, by 50% or more, in the frequency with which students report being bullied and bullying others and significant reductions in students' reports of general antisocial behavior such as vandalism, fighting, theft, and truancy.

 

Second Step Curriculum

Second Step is a series of curriculum kits designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children and increase their level of social competence. It does this by teaching skills in empathy, impulse control, and anger management. The Second Step series includes curricula for preschool/kindergarten and grades 1-3, 4-5, and middle school/junior high.

Second Step can be integrated into health and safety programs. In personal safety education, children are taught how to avoid becoming victims. Second Step teaches children how to avoid becoming victimizers. It targets skill deficits that put children at risk not only for violence, but also for substance use, suicide, and dropping out of school. Second Step can be adopted as a basic skills curriculum for prevention education.


WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS

Conflict Resolution Workshop

The concepts and an overview of conflict resolution will be discussed. Different styles of handling conflict and how to create a win/win solution are included. Brief role-plays provide insight into conflict and related topics.

 

Internet Safety

Learn about internet safety for students, talks to grades 5-12 and parent seminars. Instagram, Snapchat, on-line gaming, Twitter, and Cyber Bullying are just some of the topics that will be discussed. Safety issues including how pedophiles work on-line and how to keep track of your child's on-line behavior are covered with parents.

 

Depression and Suicide

Learn the signs and symptoms of depression and suicide. Explore curricula and strategies to prevent and identify students in need of an intervention.

 

If It's Too loud - You're Too Old

This workshop will introduce you to the variety of subtle messages students receive in the language, lyrics, and visual images in today's media. Included in the workshop will be topics related to music such as image, gangs and drugs. This material may be offensive to some because it will be presented to you exactly as it is seen, heard, and read by the students.

 

Good Grief!

Learn how to talk to kids about death and dying in an age appropriate manner, including how children grieve and how to identify the issues with which a child is struggling.

 

Stressed Out! Stress is part of our everyday life.

Learn the physical effects of stress including the effects on the immune and memory systems. Stress busters for home and work will be discussed.

 

Don't "Just Say No", Do Something

Find out what drugs students are using and the signs and symptoms of use. Learn what you can do in your community to fight the drug epidemic that is stealing our youth. Media influences, protective factors, and risk factors for use will be discussed.

 

Speakers Bureau

A variety of topics are covered through our office that may not be listed. Please call (770) 429-5846 for more information.


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