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2015-16 Third Thursday Bullying Prevention Webinar Series
Each month from 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

A webinar series for educators, parents and youth-serving professionals. Supported with funding from the Highmark Foundation, each session will provide information on the most current research or relevant topics to the field of bullying prevention.

Act 48 Credit – The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, is offering Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants must attend the online session from beginning to end to receive credit. Only specified professional development sessions are available for credit. The Record of Attendance will be emailed to participants upon completion of the session. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Registration Information – A registration email confirmation will be sent regarding participation and instructions on how to participate in the webinar which is being held in GoToWebinar. More on preparing for participation in GoToWebinar.


Upcoming Third Thursday Webinars
All registrants will receive an email confirmation regarding the status of their participation and instructions on how to access the meeting room in order to participate in the event.


October 15, 2015
Responding to Students Impacted by Bullying Through a Trauma-Informed Approach

DocPic-150x150Presented by Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

This presentation will address the psychological impact of bullying on students.  The focus will be on the potential traumatizing effects of bullying, including placing students at risk for the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety problems, and self-harm.  There will also be a discussion of the signs that teachers and parents can look for that may suggest that a student is being seriously affected and when to seek professional help.  Additionally, evidence-based treatment approaches for students significantly impacted by bullying will be described.

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November 19, 2015
Evidence Based Trauma-Informed Practices in School Based Counseling

photo-150x188Presented by Dr. Sharon Stephan, Associate Professor, Center for School Mental Health, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

According to the National Survey on Children's Health, "almost 35 million children have experienced at least one or more types of serious trauma." There is significant literature documenting the negative impact of trauma exposure on learning and student success. Several school-based interventions have been developed and found effective to support students exposed to trauma. The presentation will provide an overview of the impact of trauma on student success, and review evidence-based programs to support a continuum of trauma-informed practices and trauma interventions in schools.

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January 21, 2016
Screaming Mimis? Two-Headed Snakes? Influence of Adult Bullies on School Climate

Deb-150X136Presented by Deborah Wilson Gadsden, Program Support Specialist/Olweus Trainer at Family Design Resources in Harrisburg, Pa.

When adults focus on the treatment of bullying behavior among the student population, students will observe and scrutinize the adult relationships. This session relates how destructive adult relationships undermine the establishment of positive school climates. Participants will receive information on the prevalence of workplace bullying and characteristics of adults who bully and their bully targets. The session will discuss injurious adult behavior and its counter effects on student bullying prevention efforts.

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February 18, 2016
Using Compassion to Address Bullying

Junecropped-150x169Presented by June Jenkins, Director, Positive Connection, LLC.

According to the NEA, more than 160,000 students stay home from school every day due to fear of intimidation or bullying. Although schools are one of the safest, most violence-free places children can be, there are less dramatic daily occurrences at school that produce fear and anxiety in many children. This webinar will discuss how important relationships within the classroom are – those include teacher-student and student-student relationships. Participants will learn practical strategies son how to model and teach compassion and empathy to children to help address bullying.

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March 17, 2016
Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ Students


Presented by Louie Marven, Executive Director, LGBT Center of Central Pa.

It is a dynamic time of progress for LGBTQ people, but this progress is happening unevenly. There are news stories of same-gender couples attending prom together, and stories of the harsh consequences of bullying faced by LGBTQ youth in schools. Why are responses so different? In this session, we will: work toward creating a common language around LGBTQ youth in schools; discuss the environment faced by LGBTQ youth in schools; and learn strategies for creating a safe learning environment for LGBTQ youth on individual and institutional levels.

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May 19, 2016
Identifying Peer Abuse and Clearing the Haze: Eliminating Hazing from Our Schools

B Crow-head-shot-150x172Presented by Dr. Brian Crow, Professor, Sports Management, Slippery Rock University.

A new resource on the forms of peer abuse, such as hazing, teen dating violence and bullying, developed by the Center for Safe Schools, will be discussed. In this session participants will also be provided with a clear definition of hazing and identify how it is different from bullying. While most research on hazing has been conducted among college students, more recent studies have focused on hazing at the high school level. Strategies for teachers, administrators, coaches, students, and parents to recognize and eliminate hazing from schools will also be discussed.

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Recorded Webinars

2014-15 Third Thursday

2013-14 Third Thursday

2012-13 Third Thursday

2011-12 Third Thursday



Pennsylvania Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Certified Trainers
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention that involves the faculty, staff, student population and requires a strong commitment from administration and parent involvement. Members of the Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Network have earned certification in OBPP and are available to support schools with implementation of the program. More Information


For more information on specific Bullying Prevention professional development opportunities, contact Stacie Molnar-Main, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Center for Safe Schools at (717) 763-1661 x128 or

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.



       Dr. Mannarino is the Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.