Safe and Violence-Free Schools: An Update

$24.00 [6.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-467

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Course Description

School violence includes various behaviors such as bullying, pushing, shoving, gang violence, assault, and other incidences that can cause emotional and physical harm. Universal, school-based prevention programs can significantly lower rates of aggression and violent behavior when they target various topics and help enhance student skills. Developed using information from the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA, this continuing education course is designed to provide an overview of numerous strategies to assist school professionals in creating a safe school environment. Strategies to prevent school violence are discussed as well as information about ensuring a timely response, dealing with anger and violence, and actions to prevent hate crime and bullying.

Course Objectives

1. Outline intervention strategies to ensure safe schools, including guidelines for specific interventions and characteristics of effective programs.

2. Discuss early warning signs for violence and effective response, approaches to combat anger and violence, and ways to prevent hate crimes and bullying.

3. Identify specific goals in working with school personnel, students, parents, community leaders, and law enforcement to enhance school safety.

4. Differentiate between primary and secondary prevention programs, treatment interventions, and societal approaches to mediate school violence.

5. Summarize public policy recommendations to prevent youth violence or mitigate its effects.

6 Identify resources for school safety and violence prevention including examples of evidence-based programs as well as agencies, organizations, advocacy groups and internet sites that provide tools and services.

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