Stephen Leff, PhD and Christine Waanders, PhD of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) will be participating in a web chat hosted by 6ABC on bullying prevention in school settings. They will share knowledge and best practices cultivated over years of research and the implementation of VPI's Partner for Prevention program, which takes a whole-school approach to bullying prevention for vulnerable 3-5 grade youth in select Philadelphia elementary schools.
Violence Prevention Initiative
It can be a formidable task to help a community to develop and practice a crisis management and response plan for a mass casualty event for one key reason: The inherent conflict in preparing for something that we hope will never occur. Here are key things to consider when developing a response.
On the eve of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, people are talking about "missed opportunities" to have prevented that tragic event. Now is the time to look hard at our health and education systems in the US and find ways to correct them to reduce the risk of untreated mental health issues leading to deadly mass violence. Programs and policies with these key aims could work.
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Specialist, India Azzinaro, BSW, describes how Children's and Mom's Project at CHOP trains medical providers on screening for IPV and then acts as referral resource for counseling so that all aspects of a child's care are covered.
Earlier this week, CHOP began National Bullying Prevention Month with a presentation to members of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus in Washington, DC. The topic was Free2B- an evidence-based, multimedia bullying prevention program for 7th and 8th graders developed as part of CHOP's Violence Prevention Initiative.
The Violence Prevention Initiative is offering an introductory webinar to trauma-informed care aimed at pediatric clinical care providers on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
As we commemorate today as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, it helps to bring awareness to the significant relationship between violence and mental health. Although not all mental and behavioral health issues cause youth to become violent, some can increase the risk of violence for children. Therefore, awareness of mental health issues in children is pivotal to reducing the impact of their exposure to and involvement with violence.
Last year at this time we were enjoying the holiday season unaware of the tragedy about to unfold in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. When it happened, it shook us to our core – 20 children along with 6 adults killed in a matter of minutes by a single gunman. In reaction to the emotion CHOP employees felt after Sandy Hook, our CEO, Steve M. Altschuler, MD, commented that, “We cannot let a sense of hopelessness overcome our ability to truly make a difference in an individual child’s life.” For this to stop, for children to stop being injured and killed by gunshot, bold action and change is imperative.