Violence Prevention Initiative

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.

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.

Using Policy and Programs to Reduce Risk of School Shootings

December 11, 2014
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.

CHOP Kicks Off National Bullying Prevention Month with Congressional Presentation

October 2, 2014
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.

Peer Support, Mental Health, and Violence

May 8, 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.

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