The Potential Role of Forgiveness in Violence Prevention

The Potential Role of Forgiveness in Violence Prevention


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Wednesday, September 23, 1:30 pm CDT

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Program Description:

Through videos, targeted activities, thoughtful conversations, letter-writing, discussions and personal exploration, high school students can discover the nature of forgiveness-what it is and isn’t, how to practice forgiveness, and the role that forgiveness can play in their lives. This pilot project has unlocked the potential to break the cycle of bullying and increase kindness in schools. Learn more about Forgiveness FactorSM and the larger national program, The Campaign for Love & Forgiveness.

BJC School Outreach and Youth Development is your “one-stop shop” for health-related information and presentations for your kindergarten-12 grade youth. Programs are implemented by educators and health-care professionals who are members of many health advisory councils. Various interactive teaching methods are incorporated to reach students through many learning styles. School Outreach and Youth Development’s parent organization, BJC HealthCare, includes Barnes-Jewish Hospital, consistently ranked as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation since 1992 by U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” issue.

Program Presenters:

Lynne Lang, holds a B.S. in Communications and her Masters in Health Management. She works manages curriculum development for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, Missouri, as part of School Outreach & Youth Development. She has authored violence prevention programs and published works on a variety of related topics. She most recently co-authored the bullying workbook, “30 Activities for Getting Better at Getting Along.” A recognized speaker and trainer on school safety, her work on forgiveness in high schools is a good follow-up to the programs delivered to younger students to address bullying.

Sarah Chilenski, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. Her interests focus on understanding how communities, schools, and universities can collaborate in the pursuit of quality youth prevention programming. Over time, she has developed expertise in using mixed methodologies to answer research questions and to evaluate substance abuse and violence prevention and treatment programs. Her work in this area led to receiving the award for the “Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology” in 2008 from the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association. Her current role with the University includes coordinating with community agencies to help assess community needs, develop programs to address those needs, and to evaluate those programs. She received her MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Continuing Professional Education:

We offer the following accreditation which is available during the Web Conference, via a link below the video window: The University of Missouri-Columbia Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) will be responsible for this program and maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. The Missouri Institute of Mental Health will award 1 clock hour or 1.2 contact hours (.1 CEU) for this activity.MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.

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