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The Ophelia Project Opens Registration for Relational Aggression Seminar

Erie, PA, June 07, 2007 --( The Ophelia Project has opened registration for “It Has a Name: Relational Aggression,” a one-day seminar to take place Friday, Oct. 19 at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center in Erie, Pa. The educational event offers workshops in relational aggression, cyberbullying, accountability, child and adolescent development and more.

Designed for parents, educators, community leaders and health care professionals, the seminar will give an introductory look at relational aggression and provide guidance for dealing with the issues our youth are facing everyday.

Registration is $125 per person. To register or for more information visit them online at or call toll free at 888-256-KIDS (5437).

The Ophelia Project® is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Erie, Pa. Recognized as a leader in assessing social conditions and advocating healthy, safe relationships, the organization partners with educational, civic and community leaders to educate and empower kids and adults across North America.

“It Has a Name” Workshops

Navigating the Turbulent Waters of Adolescence: What is Our Role?
Charisse Nixon, Ph.D.
This workshop challenges participants to examine their own beliefs and knowledge related to adolescent development, particularly for girls. Is adolescence a time for thriving or surviving? Where are adolescents developmentally? Are emotional outbursts normal? Is it always about them? This workshop will explore what growing adolescents need during this time period to establish a positive identity and healthy relationships with others.

Exploring the New Frontier of Aggression: Cyberbullying (Part 1)
Erika Dauber
This workshop will provide the language, tools and knowledge needed to navigate the online social environment of teens. We will go where many adults have never gone before – behind the scenes of social networking, instant messaging and online video sharing – so you can explore first-hand how rumors, gossip, insults, threats and humiliating images spread across the vast uncharted reaches of the World Wide Web. Bring your laptop to this multimedia workshop and follow along.

A Culture of “Overconnecteds”: How Cyberbullying is Threatening the Next Great Generation (Part 2)
Erika Dauber
This 90-minute workshop will examine the cyber culture of today’s youth and provide an introduction to the new frontier of aggression: cyberbullying. We will explore the generational, developmental, and cultural factors that all contribute to unsafe social environments online. Finally, we will examine the damaging consequences of cyberbullying, and the role of positive connections in the lives of youth, both on and off-line.

Five Critical Steps to Creating Safer Learning Climates
Jane Kerschner
Creating a safer learning climate for both students and adults calls for a systemic approach involving all the participants in a school community. This workshop is relevant for anyone responsible for creating a safe context for children (i.e. educators, counselors, youth leaders). Participants will be introduced to The Five Critical Steps that include: recognizing one’s own behavior, learning the language of peer aggression, promoting positive normative behaviors and generating pro-social environments. Taking these actions fosters healthy relationships and promotes successful learning.

Girl Scouts: Helping Girls Grow Strong
Mary Anderson
Girl Scouts is all about leadership and potential. Relational Aggression works against girls’ abilities to become leaders because it negatively impacts their self-confidence and self-esteem.
This workshop is for Girl Scout leaders who want to raise awareness about relational aggression and develop meetings and learning experiences that foster leadership, kindness and caring. Discover ways to establish a safe social climate within your meetings and help girls hold each other accountable for their actions. Leaders of other small groups (youth groups, 4H, Boy Scouts, etc.) will also benefit from this workshop.

“She was Mean to Me” – What’s a Parent to Do?
Marilyn Goldhammer
When faced with relational aggression, parents are often uncertain about what to think and what to do to help their children. This workshop will focus on strategies for creating a safe social climate at home and ways to help children create and maintain healthy friendships. This workshop is also appropriate for professionals who work with parents.

Setting the Stage for a Meaningful Mentoring Program
Maureen Dunn and Katie Allison
Meaningful mentoring relationships require time, personal commitment and compassion for the needs of an individual child. This workshop will focus on the essential components of a successful mentoring program, the benefits of mentoring, phases of a mentoring relationship, qualities of a mentor and skills for developing relationships. This interactive workshop will be helpful for anyone who prepares adults, college or high school students to become mentors in a school or community based program.

Storytelling: Chronicles that Connect
Mary Baird
Talking with children, teens, educators and parents about relational aggression is the first step to creating safe social climates. In this interactive workshop, we will consider the impact of our own stories, examine storytelling as a method and discuss the benefits of storytelling as a compelling medium for connection. We will listen to stories from real teens and learn through interaction with one another to consider the powerful impact of storytelling in the lives of our youth. This workshop is appropriate for all adults that have meaningful contact with youth and could benefit from utilizing this skill set development.

“Accountability” is Not a Four-Letter Word
Katie Allison and Susan Wellman
All behavior is purposeful. Let’s teach our children to want to do the right thing. The job of parenting and educating is an enormous responsibility. It is also an incredible opportunity. This workshop will help parents, counselors and educators explore the internal motivators and external conditions necessary to provide children with positive experiences in order to learn and thrive in a safe environment.

“Are You My Friend?”: Social/Emotional Development in Elementary School
Marilyn Goldhammer
Learning to make and sustain healthy relationships is an important task for elementary school children. All forms of peer aggression, especially relational aggression, work against the development of supportive friendships and make it difficult to create safe social climates. This workshop will explore how children learn to make friends, develop self confidence, function within a peer group and develop empathy, respect and a sense of community. It is designed for anyone who works with children in grades K-5 in a school or community based program.

From Information to Action: Addressing Relational Aggression in Your Community
Mary Anderson
Olweus Prevention Program
Michelee A. Curtze

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The Ophelia Project
Daniel J. Stasiewski

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