Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 7 | Issue 1 | February 2018   
Alberti Center 17-18
Colloquium Series
On November 30, in the second presentation of our 4-part series,  Dr. Stephanie Godleski presented  Exploring Aggression and Hostility in Early Childhood.  You can download slides from her presentation  here.

Our third colloquium will take place on Tuesday, February 27 from 11:30-12:45 in Room 120 Clemens Hall. We will be hosting a panel discussion titled #NotMe:  Preventing Sexual Harassment and Assault in Adolescence. F ind more information about this FREE event and register below:

Featured Resource 
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 are some of the places we've been recently:
Character Council Youth Conference - October 27
Bystander Training in Campbell County, KY - November 5-8
PREPaRE Training in Orchard Park - November 20
Bullying Presentation at North Tonawanda - November 29
Erie Community College Health and Wellness Fair - December 5
Bullying Presentation for Cub Scouts Pack 440 - January 16
Brie Kishel, Program & Operations Manager, poses with middle school students attending the Character Council Youth Conference.
NYSED DASA  Training 
Sessions Available
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through June 2018 are available on the DASA Training webpage. R ecent participants said:

Honestly it's been a while since I've dealt with training on this topic, but I found it exceptionally powerful, and interesting to see the crossover between different applications.

I thought the instructor was fantastic! Well organized, knowledgeable, and experienced.

I feel informed and like I took a lot away from this training. I enjoyed the interactive nature of the training!

BAND Against Bullying VI
Save the date! Wednesday, April 25, BAND Against
Bullying VI will be returning to the UB Center for the Arts on the North Campus. The Alberti Center is a co-sponsor of this award-winning performing arts competition. Several local middle and high schools will present music, dance, art, or spoken word pieces that incorporate a dignity related theme.   Please come and show your support and help us to BAND Against Bullying! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bystander Intervention Training 
in Campbell County, Kentucky
Dr. Amanda Nickerson recently spent a full day each with 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders in the Campbell County school district. The students were nominated  by their peers as those who may be able to connect diverse social groups together. This interactive training focused on getting to know each other, bullying and how it happens, prevention strategies, bystander intervention, and ideas for how the students can use their social power for peace. This work is for a National Institute for Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative Grant. View a press release about the training here    

Dr. Amanda Nickerson (Center) with a group of students who participated in the interactive training presented to the Campbell County School District.

New Alberti Center Team Member
Dylan Harrison - Research Assistant
Dylan is a graduate from Buffalo State College with an undergraduate degree in English and minor in Writing. She is currently a non-matriculated student at the University at Buffalo where she is studying psychology and applying to the School Psychology masters program in the coming year. Dylan would like to work in a school setting. One of her research interests is early childhood trauma.

Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign
On Wednesday, March 7, the Alberti Center will once again be participating in the "Spread the Word to End the R Word" (STW) Campaign. STW is a national effort to encourage people to stop using the word "retarded" and to realize the negative
connotation of this word. This campaign was started by the Special Olympics committee and is supported by parent groups, self-advocates, human service organizations, and many others who recognize the importance of thought before speech and how hurtful words can be. You can learn more about the STW campaign   here.  Please consider signing the pledge to stop using the "r-word" and follow Spread the Word to End the Word - WNY on Facebook  to join us on March 7!

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