Violence Prevention Initiative

Bridging the Gaps to Better Understand the Challenges Facing Urban Youth

August 20, 2015
Today, we are pleased to share a moderated discussion between two students who worked with CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP) this summer. VIP is a community-focused, trauma-informed program designed to reduce re-injury and retaliation among youth ages 8 to 18 years by working with them in the hospital and following discharge. Jody Thigpen is currently pursuing her Masters of Social Work and will be entering her second year of the program at The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, while Ezekiel Richardson is a second year medical student at The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

One Kind Word Training Applied

July 15, 2015
I recently went through training in One Kind Word alongside my CIRP@CHOP co-workers. At its core, it teaches folks to positively intervene when they see a parent-child conflict in a way that is helpful and supportive to both parent and child. It actually sounds harder than it really is-- as I learned just hours after my training.

Think Positive Change Can’t Happen in a Few Months? Think Again!

April 22, 2015
As part of CHOP's Partner for Prevention program, the 20-session classroom-based PRAISE program teaches kids strategies for dealing with bullying and related skills such as problem solving and empathy. Remarkable change in attitudes and behavior was demonstrated in the students' Fall 2014 leadership projects, which took the form of illustrated storybooks.

Last Chance to Register for Community-Driven Research Day 2015!

January 6, 2015
Community-Driven Research Day provides a forum for university-based research partners and community-based organizations (CBOs) to foster collaboration around research questions they are interested in answering. Registration closes for Community-Driven Research Day 2015 on January 14th.

Join CHOP Bullying Prevention Experts for 6ABC Web Chat

December 15, 2014
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.


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