TYLER, TX - Barbara Coloroso will be the speaker for the Parent Services Center annual parenting conference on Saturday, January 22, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference, "The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander," will be held at the Ornelas Activity Center on the UT Tyler Campus, 3402 Old Omen Road.
Parents, teachers, childcare providers and mental health professionals will hear Ms. Coloroso explain how to give kids the tools to be able to stand up for their own rights while respecting the rights and legitimate needs of others; to handle conflicts nonviolently; to act with integrity when confronted with difficult situations; and to develop a personal code (inner moral code) that gives them the wherewithal to do what is right in spite of external consequences
Ms. Coloroso is the author of four bestsellars: Kids Are Worth It!, Parenting Through Crisis, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, and Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right. She is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.
She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News $ World Report, Newsweek, and other national and international publications.
Breaking the cycle of violence in our homes, school and communities involves more than merely identifying and stopping the bully. It requires that we examine the why and how a child becomes a bully or the target of a bully (and sometimes both) as well as the role the bystanders play in perpetuating the cycle. A deadly combination is a bully who gets what he wants from his target, a bullied child who is afraid to tell, bystanders who either watch, participate in the bullying, or look away, and adults who see bullying as teasing, not tormenting. If this combination of relationships is not radically transformed, we have enough incidences in our recent past to convince us that it is not only the bully who can terrorize our community.
Some bullied children, whose cries went unheard, whose pains were ignored, whose oppression when unabated and unrelieved, have struck back with a vengeance and sorrow. Others, who reached what they felt was an utterly hopeless and irretrievable point, have killed themselves. Feeling they had no other way out of the pain and torture heaped on them by their tormentors, no one to turn to, no way to tell, they made a tragic and final exit. It is necessary that we as individuals, families and entire communities create a safe harbor for all of our children.
Early registration (before January 14) is $15 and late registration is $20. Proof of attendance will be provided and continuing education credit is available for professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists and teachers. Lunch will be provided.
Parent Services Center is a non-profit organization which seeks to provide parents and those who work with children the educational opportunities, resources and support necessary to raise children who an become healthy, contributing members of society.
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