December 15, 2014Stephen 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.
December 14, 2014It 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.
December 11, 2014On 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.
October 30, 2014Intimate 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.
October 2, 2014Earlier 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.
August 26, 2014Aggressive behavior is a common issue facing today’s youth. Although urban minority youth are at high risk for exposure to aggression and violence, many aggressive intervention programs are designed with (and for) suburban non-ethnic minority youth. In a recent study published in Development and Psychopathology, my colleagues and I examined several areas that have largely been understudied in the context of African-American adolescents within urban community settings. Specifically, our aim was to better understand the factors associated with aggression and violence for these at-risk youth.
June 10, 2014Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."
May 13, 2014The Violence Prevention Initiative is offering an introductory webinar to trauma-informed care aimed at pediatric clinical care providers on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
May 8, 2014As 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.
April 22, 2014Today’s youth have to deal with issues related to violence (physical and verbal) daily. So, what do youth need to overcome these challenges? How can youth allow their strengths to shine through? At a recent Town Hall on Youth Violence in Philadelphia, a panel of four youth shared their collective wisdom.