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Jan 15 2011

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Expert to give advice on bully prevention

The Parent Services Center will hold its annual parenting conference from 9am until 3:30pm, Saturday, Jan. 22 in the Ornelas Activity Center on the UT-Tyler campus at 3402 Old Omen Road.
The subject matter is titled “The Bully, the Bullies and the Bystander” to be presented by nationally renowned expert Barbara Coloroso.  East Texas parents, teachers, childcare providers and mental health professionals will attend to share in Coloroso’s knowledge.
The objective of the meeting will be teaching children how to stand up for themselves without violating the rights and needs of their peers, how to nonviolently handle tense situations with integrity, and to develop a personal moral code that guides them along the straight and narrow without being adversely affected by external circumstances.  Coloroso has impressive credentials.
She authored the bestsellers Kids Are Worth It! Parenting through Crisis, The Bully, the Bullies and the Bystander and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make it Right.  She is known internationally not only for her writing, but as a speaker and consultant on the issues of parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.  The has been covered by the New York Times, Time, US News & World Report, Newsweek and other prestigious publications in America and abroad.  She has spoken on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR.
Merely stopping bullies is not enough to put a stop to violence in homes, schools and communities.  We must determine what moves children to become bullies and/or become identified as targets, and what role onlookers play when bullying occurs.  The worst case scenarios is w

hen a bully achieves his aim of tormenting a child who Cheap Alli is too intimidated to inform on him, bystanders who encourage him, join in his actions or simply do nothing, and adults who underestimate the impact bullying has on its victims.
It is torture, not teasing.
This situation can develop to the point that the community is endangered not only by the bully, but by his victim, who through desperation may respond (not necessarily against his tormenter) with a single act of deadly force.  In other cases despondent, despairing victims may kill themselves, emphasizing the fact that bullying can literally be a matter of life and death.  All of us must react positively to such situations to make our society safe for both cialis generic brand vulnerable children and ourselves.
Those wishing to attend the conference may register before 14 January for $15.  The following week it will be $20.  Proof of attendance will be provided so that professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and teachers will receive education credit for coming.  Lunch will be served.
The Parent Services Center is non-profit, existing solely to supply parents, teachers and childcare workers with the education, resources and support required to raise children in the kind of protected, nurturing and well-adjusted environment they need to grow into healthy, productive adults free of physical and emotional scars.  For more information on the conference and the Parent Services Center please call Conference Chair Suzanne Brians or PSC Executive Director Shelley Judd at (903) 595-2235.

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