Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
News and Updates
Volume 9 | Issue 3 | Fall 2020   
Alberti Center 
Colloquium Series 
The first colloquium in our 2020-2021 series was presented to two groups on September 16 & 17. Dr. Celia Spacone, coordinator of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County, presented Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Training

Our next colloquium will take place on Thurs., November 19 from Portrait of Chunyan Yang_ PhD 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET. Dr. Chunyan Yang will present on Understanding Educators' Self-efficacy, Compassion Fatigue, and School Connectedness during the COVID-19 Pandemic. One hour of NASP approved professional development credit is available for this presentation. Registration is free on the Alberti Center website!

Featured Resource 
We have added a new fact sheet to our resources page! Bias-Based Bullying is now available to download. You can find this and other fact sheets on the Alberti Center Resources page.

Bias-Based Bullying Flyer
Out and About
Alberti Center team members continue to spread awareness and resources for bullying prevention across the Western New York (WNY) community and beyond. Here are some of the events we've participated in so far this year:
August - PREPaRE Part II Workshop for Dobbs Ferry 
Social Emotional Learning Practices in Schools: Effects on Perceptions of Bullying Victimization (APA Virtual Symposium)
September Identifying and Alleviating Student Stress and Mental Health Surrounding COVID-19 (Presentation at Immaculate Conception School in East Aurora)
October - Cyberbullying Prevention and Intervention (virtual presentation for the Be Cyber Aware Fair at Genesee Community College)
The Upstanders: Film Screening and Panel Discussion sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.
Multi-tiered Systems of Support breakout session for Safe and Sound National Summit
DASA Training 
 fall & winter 
The Alberti Center is an approved provider of the NYSED DASA Training workshops. Registration for online sessions is now open through February 2021. Information and session dates are available on our DASA page.
Recent participants have said:

 I really enjoyed both parts. Due to the pandemic, the face-to-face instruction wasn't able to take place, but I felt the videos were excellent along with the slide presentation that it made it feel as if it were in-person.

I feel more informed about DASA and all that it entails. I have more knowledge about how to approach students who have been bullied, as well as students who bully others. I feel that these two parts were very informative and will help me develop and grow as a teacher and a person.

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2020 Alberti Center Virtual Conference 
The Alberti Center Annual Conference was held on Tuesday, October 13. The theme of the conference this year, Promoting Mental Health and Positive Relationships (Amidst COVID-19 and Other Crises), was addressed by two panels of presenters. 
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Screenshot of Stacy Williams, PhD presenting during conference.

The first panel, Isolation, Inequities, and Cyberbullying:Evidence-Based Approaches to Promoting Well-Being and Social Justice, was presented by Drs. Sameer Hinduja, Shannon Suldo, Stacy Williams, and Julie Bowker. 

The second panel, Supporting Schools in Times of Physical Distancing and Crisis: Voices from the Fieldwas presented by Jennifer Noe, 
Dr. Christina Conolly, Benjamin Fernandez, Drs. James Mazza & Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza. Learn more about each of our speakers and view PowerPoint slides from their presentations on the conference page of the Alberti Center website

Although the conference was held virtually this year, the feedback we received was very positive and the virtual format allowed for an increased number of attendees from all over the country! 

BAND Against Bullying Virtual
BAND Virtual Logo
This year, due to COVID-19, BAND was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube on Tuesday, October 20. Students from five Western New York high schools presented dignity themed musical performances for educational efforts and to raise community awareness of bullying abuse prevention and dignity awareness.

Presenting sponsors of the 2020 event included M&T Bank and WNED PBS Buffalo Toronto Public Media. The Alberti Center is also an annual sponsor of this event and our director, Dr. Amanda Nickerson, participated once again as a celebrity judge!

You can view all five of the performances from this year as well as some  past performances on the BAND Against Bullying YouTube Channel. We encourage everyone to subscribe and follow BAND on Twitter and Facebook for notification of future events!

Alberti Center Website Restructure
Work on restructuring of the Alberti Center website has continued over the past few months and we would like to share with you some of the updates in addition to the new Resources section we mentioned in our previous newsletter! 

Two of the new sections added to the site are Workshops and Presentations offered by the center, that we have broken down into targeted audiences. In the Research section viewers can find our most recent Projects and Selected Publications. Our Collaborative Events page highlights events that we have partnered with other organizations to present. We have also updated photos and added new team members and our Annual Report to our About Us page

We would love to hear your comments and feedback on the Alberti Center website! Feel free to send your comments to us at [email protected].

Early Career Award - Dr. Huitsing
Congratulations to Dr. Gijs Huitsing, recipient of the 
2020 Alberti Center Portrait of Gijs Huitsing_ PhD Early Career Award! This award recognizes Dr. Huitsing as an individual who has made exemplary scholarly contributions to the field of bullying abuse prevention and conducted research that has the potential to influence practice and policy. 

Gijs Huitsing, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He does fundamental research on bullying and investigates the effectiveness of anti-bullying interventions, especially the KiVa anti-bullying program. He is currently project leader of a consortium working on the development and implementation of an anti-bullying program for secondary education (called GRIPP), and interested in network interventions. You can learn more about Dr. Huitsing on the Alberti Center website.

Infographic of Annual Report
We would like to share some of the work and achievements of our Alberti Center team from our most recent Annual Report. This information reflects our fiscal year from July 2019 through June 2020. You can access our complete Annual Report on our website. 


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