CSU, Chico News

Bullying and Domestic Violence to be Addressed in Major Chico Conferences

Date: 10-18-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and communities across the country are working tirelessly to raise awareness of bullying and its impact on children and youth. In an effort to address this issue in our region, In Service to Families, Children and The Courts—a professional development series created through a partnership between Butte County Family Court Services, Regional and Continuing Education, the CSU, Chico Research Foundation and local professionals—has planned two conferences on the theme of Bullying and Violence Throughout the Lifespan.

In November’s Domestic Violence Update, a legal and social update for California Rule of Court 5.230, Instructor Emberly Cross will present on topics including new civil and criminal legislation regarding domestic violence and child custody, new social science research regarding families experiencing domestic violence, societal factors that contribute to domestic violence, cultural and same sex considerations, and community resources. In addition, a new and timely segment will cover teens and dating violence, the differences between bullying and dating violence, and types of abusive and controlling behaviors in teen relationships.

January 2011 will mark the ninth year of the Children in Trauma conference, featuring presenters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who will be sharing their extensive research into the dynamics and far reaching effects of bullying, including playground, cyber-bullying, neighborhood bullying, school and social bullying. Parents and youth will be able to exchange ideas and concerns with the CDC staff at a special program following the day’s presentation to mental health clinicians, educators, law enforcement, juvenile court system staff, emergency personnel and primary care physicians.

Marty Grant, PhD, of the conference advisory board said, “What happened to the young man in New Jersey, who decided he had no option but to take his life after his personal life was aired on the Internet, is heartbreaking. Through conferences like these we must learn from this tragedy and come together to address the often silent suffering of those who are bullied and abused in other ways, leaving themselves in a position of feeling powerless and out of options.”

Domestic Violence Update 2010 will be held November 12 from 8 a.m. to noon, and Children In Trauma 2011 will be held January 14-15. Both will take place on the CSU, Chico campus. Additional information and online registration can be found at http://rce.csuchico.edu/inservice, or by calling Regional and Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.