Prevention Strategies for Teachers

 

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.

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: 

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

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.

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.

Workshops and Trainings

Internet Safety

Learn about internet safety for students, talks to grades 5-12 and parent seminars.  Xanga, MySpace, on-line gaming, AIM, Chat Rooms, 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.

Physiology of Fat

Diets and their detrimental effect on our metabolism will be discussed. Learn the metabolic pathways of how our bodies store and use fat for energy. Analyze current fad "DIE"ts and learn how to manage and loose weight.

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.

Internet Safety

The World Wide Web is a fascinating source of information and mis-information. Kids can have contact with people all over the world with the click of a mouse. Learn how to find out where they surfed and how to block them from going there again.

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