Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 6 | Issue 2 | July 2017    
Alberti Center
Colloquium Series
The final colloquium of our 2016-2017 series was  presented by Dr. Myles Faith on Tuesday, April 4. The presentation,  titled  Weight Teasing and  Bullying in Children: Assessment, Prevalence, and Comorbidities is available on the Alberti Center website

The 2017-2018 series will return on Friday, September 15 with Anteced ents and Consequences of Workplace Bullying presented by Drs. Alan Goodboy (pictured left) and Matthew Martin (pictured right) from West Virginia University.  Registration is now open here
NYSED DASA  Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through September 2017 are available on the DASA Training webpage. R ecent participants have said:

The program addressed a lot 
of important issues in a well-organized and open minded way. I experienced gratitude for the fact that these issues are being discussed and that NYS training for bullying prevention is 
actually trying to address the root of the problem, not just find 
quick solutions.

I'm really glad to move to a state that values anti-bullying enough to mandate this training.
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Out in the Community
Alberti Center team members continue to spread awareness and resources for bullying prevention at events across the Western New York (WNY) c ommunity. Here is where we have been recently:
  • ECC Health and Wellness Fair - April 20
  • BAND Against Bullying V - April 27
  • Embrace the Difference "Giveback Day" - April 29
  • Family Fun Night - Niagara Charter School - May 11
  • Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day - May 18


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Registration Opening Soon!
 Alberti Center Annual Conference
The 2017 Alberti Center Conference will take place Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 8-3pm at Classics V Banquet Center.
Our keynote presenter, Dr. Susan Swearer, will be presenting on Fostering Kindness: Using Technology to Combat Online Bullying. Afternoon breakout groups will address topics such as: unique challenges of cyberbullying, creating a culture of kindness, bullying in the current political climate, and fostering inclusiveness.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and a buffet-style lunch.  LMSWs/LCSWs and LMHCs are eligible to receive CEUs for attending. More details about the conference and registration information  will be available soon on the  Alberti Center website .

Congratulations to all BAND V Participants!
Williamsville East High School BAND V participants celebrate with their trophy
BAND  V took place on Thursday, April 27 at 710 Shea's Theatre in downt own Buffalo. Williamsville East High School students took first place in the competition and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School was a close
runner-up! All of the students who participated in the event this year worked extremely hard to offer an inspiring variety of performances, each with a powerful message. Videos of all BAND V performances are available for viewing on the   BAND Against Bullying Facebook page.

Virtual Town Hall Discussion on Cyberbullying
Dr. Amanda Nickerson spoke on a Facebook Live panel, titled Cyberbullying: A Relentless Cycle on May 9, in an event presented by  WBFO and AT&T.  Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, the online event discussed tools and resources available and strategies students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying Panel members also included  Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, and  Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and Dignity Act Coordinator. A recording of the event can be viewed here.
Pictured from left to right: Eileen Buckley (WBFO Senior Reporter), Daniela Wolfe (social worker for Amherst School district), Tracy Rodemeyer (mother of Jamey Rodemeyer), and Dr. Amanda Nickerson (Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention)
Dr. Nickerson Receives GSE STAR Award for Research
We are proud to announce that Dr. Amanda Nickerson  received the Research Award for the 2015-2016  Graduate School of Education Faculty Service, Teaching, Advising, and Research Awards (GSE STAR). Dean Lee presented Dr. Nickerson with the award at a school-wide faculty meeting and celebratory luncheon in May. The purpose of the awards is to recognize individual faculty excellence in each of four areas (Service, Teaching, Advising, and Research) so critical to the mission and Envisioning themes of GSE and UB 2020.

Congratulations to the Graduates!
Three members of the Alberti Center team received their doctoral degrees during a graduation ceremony held at the UB North Campus on Friday, May 19. We would like congratulate Drs. Toni Torchia, Erin Cook, and Jilynn Werth  on this very prestigious achievement! Dr. Torchia will stay in the Western New York area to pursue her career as a School Psychologist at Starpoint Middle School, Dr. Cook has accepted a position in the Ticonderoga Central School District as a School Psychologist starting in the Fall, and Dr. Werth will be getting married in October and moving to Virginia to begin her career as a School Psychologist in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools. We are so proud of each one of these graduates and wish them the very best! 
From left to right: Drs. Toni Torchia, Erin Cook, and Jilynn Werth

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