Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 8 | Issue 2 | Summer 2019   
2019-2020
Alberti Center 
Colloquium Series 
The first colloquium in our 2019-2020 series will take place on Thursday, 
Dr. Kathleen P. Allen
September
12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dr. Kathleen Allen will presenton #endAbuse: A multi-media resource to help prevent abuse of people with disabilities.

This presentation will highlight the grant work the Alberti Center has completed with funding from the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Register here to attend this free event!
Featured Resource 
Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Strategies for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
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Injuries and violence are leading causes of morbidity and mortality among U.S. children and adolescents. These injuries are preventable. Researchers have identified many strategies that are effective in preventing injuries in this population.
 
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:
April 2- Lancaster High School Health and Wellness Fair, 16 - BAND Against Bullying VII
May 7 - Buffalo Brunch fundraiser for embraceWNY, 29 - Presentation for Lancaster schools, 30 - Developmental Disabilities awareness Day
June 5-6 - endAbuse website focus groups in Albany area,  28 - SANYS Regional Conference in Niagara Falls
July 9 - Upward Bound Program/Summer Evening Speaker Series
Brie Kishel, Alberti Center Program & Operations Manager, at Buffalo Brunch

DASA  Training Fall  Sessions 
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration information and session dates through  December 2019 are available on the DASA websiteR ecent participants have said:

Excited, encouraged to be a better advocate, teacher, peer. Honestly, I'm thrilled this is where bullying is headed, that we are learning to create a better climate through
communication/leadership!

I feel empowered to help my future students to negotiate difficult conversations and to help create a positive, inclusive community in my school. 

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Alberti Center Annual Conference
As summer begins to wind down, it is time to prepare for the Alberti Center Annual Conference! The conference this year is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Classics V Banquet Center. Our keynote speaker this year will be internationally-recognized expert on
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Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage
bullying intervention and prevention, Dr. Dorothy L. Espelage. Dr. Espelage's keynote presentation is titled 
Research-informed bullying prevention:  Social-emotional learning & school climate improvement approaches  
 
Breakout sessions in the afternoon will address Safe & Civil Schools training, the New York State laws specifically pertaining to bullying, restorative practices & school climate, and a session on social emotional learning & bullying prevention.

Again this year, NYSED LMSW, LCSW and LMHC: 3 live in-person contact hours are included  for the morning keynote. NASP-Approved CPDs are also available! Additional information about the Conference, including registration fees & form can be found on the Alberti Center Conference site. 
New Associate Director at the Alberti Center
Dr. Stephanie Secord Fredrick is starting her position this Fall as the new
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Dr. Stephanie S. Fredrick
Associate Director at the Alberti Center and Assistant Professor in the Counseling, School and Educational Psychology department! Stephanie was most recently an  Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Central Michigan University. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. She worked as a school psychologist in Illinois before joining the psychology department at CMU in Fall 2016. Broadly, her research explores the relation among peer victimization and social-emotional well-being among children and adolescents. She also investigates how schools, families, and communities can prevent peer victimization and increase resiliency, protective factors, and positive bystander behavior. We are so excited to welcome  Stephanie to our team!
Dr. Amanda Nickerson receives
UB President's Medal
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We are incredibly proud of our director for so many reasons, but most recently Dr. Amanda Nickerson was awarded the UB President's Medal in recognition of extraordinary service to the university! This is one of the University's highest honors. Dr. Nickerson received the medal from UB President, Satish Tripathi back in the spring at the Graduate School of Education's Commencement Ceremony. 

Alberti Center Graduate Assistant Receives Award at APA Chicago Conference
Margaret (Maggie) Manges, Alberti Center GA and student in Counseling Psychology, attended the American Psychological Association Conference in Chicago to present a poster titled "Teacher Predictors of Student Engagement in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programming." She was also selected by Division 44 (LGBT issues) for the "Rising star in leadership and advocacy" award, given to a student who demonstrates a passion for advocating for LGBT folks. Maggie recently worked with LGBT clients with developmental disabilities at the  New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.  Congratulations on this achievement Maggie!!

Margaret Manges with her poster at the APA Conference

Anti-bullying Task Force Report
Dr. Amanda Nickerson was invited to join the anti-bullying task force in November 2018. The task force, in Buffalo, was led by The Buffalo Public School District and the Juvenile Justice Coalition, co-chaired by Dr. Eric Rosser, Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services, Hon. Brenda M. Freedman, Erie County Family Court Judge, and Hope Jay, Buffalo School Board member. Dozens of community partners joined the effort and four subcommittees met monthly from January through July, presenting the final report and findings to the Board of Education on August 21, 2019. Major recommendations include:
  • Convene a standing bullying prevention collaborative committee led by Buffalo Public Schools to review data and trends, and develop, implement, and evaluate the action plan related to bullying prevention
  • Implement best practices to meet the intent of DASA, including having a DASA coordinator team model where both a principal and school-based mental health professional share this role, reviewing and enhancing training on DASA, and offering parent and community education and outreach
  • Build a positive culture through relationships and effective community partnerships
  • Address areas/populations of highest risk for bullying and victimization, with specific recommendations and resource suggestions for students who identify as LGBTQ, students in a minority racial/ethnic group (particularly immigrant/refugee students), and students with disabilities, as well as bullying on the bus and cyberbullying.
  • Integrate youth leadership and student voices in all facets of bullying prevention


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