Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention Annual Conference

Bullying & People with Disabilities: Challenges & Opportunities

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY
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  • NYSED LMSW & LCSW Contact Hours: Offered in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education; recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live contact hours are approved for attendance at both of the two keynote presentations offered by Dr. Chad Rose (8:30 am – 10:00 am) and Julie Hertzog, MA (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm).

Morning Keynote Presentation

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Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Predictive and Protective Factors, Current Intervention Efforts, and Future Directions
Chad A. Rose, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
University of Missouri

Students with disabilities are disproportionality involved within the bullying dynamic as victims, perpetrators, and bully-victims. Given this disproportionate representation, it is critical to understand the factors related to the bullying among youth with disabilities. Therefore, this session will highlight three critical areas related to the bullying involvement among students with disabilities. First, predictive and protective factors will be introduced, including disability status, restrictiveness of special education services, and the fluidity of bullying roles over time. Second, current intervention efforts will be highlighted, including interventions that are situated within a multi-tiered system of supports framework. Finally, future directions will be discussed, including the intersectionality between disability status and other critical predictive factors. Most importantly, this session will emphasize the importance of supporting social and communication skill development as a method for reducing bullying involvement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the predictive and protective factors associated with the disproportionate representation of youth with disabilities within the bullying dynamic
  • Identify the critical intervention components related to reductions in bullying involvement among youth with disabilities, and
  • Outline an intervention plan for their current placement

Afternoon Keynote Presentation

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Bullying and Students with Disabilities
Julie M. Hertzog, MA
Director
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

Studies have found that children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers. This session is presented by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which has an emphasis on advocating for families of students with disabilities. The interactive agenda features creatively sharing information and resources through methods that include education, storytelling, role playing, and group activities. Topics to include laws and policies designed to protect students with disabilities, helpful facts to know, methods to build advocacy, and resources designed by PACER to address bullying of students with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how innovative, engaging activities can be effective learning tools to understand address, and prevent bullying
  • Define advocacy and identify one or more PACER resources for students or teachers to address bullying of students with disabilities
  • Learn a method that involves group brainstorming to identify solutions that will help address and prevent bullying of students with disabilities

Breakout Session Topics

  • Disability Law
  • LGBTQ/Social Support
  • Parent Perspective
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Program

Parent Perspective

Kristi Moscato | Outreach and Training Coordinator | Parent Network of WNY

Mental Health

Mary Skorupa | Executive Director | Children's Mental Health Coalition of WNY, Inc.

8:00 a.m. Check-In | Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Tables
8:20 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m.

Bullying and Students with Disabilities: Predictive and Protective Factors, Current Intervention Efforts, and Future Directions

Chad A. Rose, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education | University of Missouri

10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions by Topic

Disability Law

Bruce A. Goldstein | Special Counsel
Kenney, Shelton, Liptak, Nowak, LLP

Education

Michelle Washington & Cathy Miller | School Counselors
Ken-Ton School District

LGBTQ and Social Supports

Rick Banner | Assistant Director for Person Centered Services | People Inc

Aimee Levesque | lecturer of English | Buffalo State College | artistic director | Inclusive Theater of WNY

11:05 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions by Topic

Self-Advocacy

Panel of Self-Advocates
| WNY Self Advocacy Association of New York State (SANYS)

12:15

Lunch and Networking

1:15

Bullying and Students with Disabilities

Julie M. Hertzog, MA | Director | PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

2:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Note: Professional Development certificates will be provided at the conclusion of the program.


2016 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Gold Sponsors
Parent Network of WNY
UB Graduate School of Education



Contact us at alberticenter@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.

Program

8:00 a.m. Check-In | Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Tables
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m.

Ending Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation in Our Schools: The Hard Steps Not Yet Taken - Pt. 1

Maurice Elias, Ph.D. | Prof. of Psychology and Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab and Co-Director, SEL Academy | Rutgers University

10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.

Ending Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation in Our Schools: The Hard Steps Not Yet Taken - Pt. 2

Maurice Elias, Ph.D. | Prof. of Psychology and Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab and Co-Director, SEL Academy | Rutgers University

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

2:00 p.m.

Transitioning to College: The Experience of First-year Students with a History of Childhood Bullying

Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Special Education | School of Education | Boston University

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Note: Professional Development certificates will be provided at the conclusion of the program.


2015 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
embraceWNY

Gold Sponsors
Buffalo Teachers Federation
Child and Family Services
Hodgson Russ
National Federation for Just Communities of WNY, Inc.
New York Association of School Psychologists
UB Graduate School of Education
UB Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Registration Fee

Professionals: $75 per person  |  $550 per table of eight
Students: $35 per person

Conference Poster

Agenda


Online registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending, you can still register through the weekend by contacting us. Please contact us at alberticenter@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.

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Conference Poster

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Program

8:00 a.m. Check-In | Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Tables | Posters

Understanding the Role of Social Support and Gender on the Association Between Relational Victimization and Self-concept - Sarah Blakely-McClure, Doctoral Student & Dr. Jamie Ostrov, Associate Professor of Psychology |
University at Buffalo

Relational Bullying and Deception in Early Childhood - Kimberly Kamper, Graduate Student | University at Buffalo

Perspective of Victims of Severe Bullying - Dr. Muhammad Waseem, Attending Physician | Lincoln Hospital

Humane Education and Animal Cruelty: How Do These Relate to Empowering Kindness and Decreasing Violence? - Pamela Hylinger, Director of Humane Education & Mary Jo Sicurella, Humane Educator | SPCA Serving Erie County

8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 a.m.

It Isn't IS Brain Science: Media Violence as a Risk Factor for Aggression - Part 1

Douglas Gentile, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology
Iowa State University

10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.

It Isn't IS Brain Science: Media Violence as a Risk Factor for Aggression - Part 2

Douglas Gentile, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology
Iowa State University
Dr. Gentile's Handouts

12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Aggression and Bullying Subtypes among Young Children: Risk Factors,
Assessment, and Treatment
(View Description)

Jamie Ostrov, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Psychology
University at Buffalo
Ostrov Presentation

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth (View Description)
sponsored by embraceWNY
Creating Safe Spaces Presentation

Amy Reynolds, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
University at Buffalo

Anne Nowak, MS, LMHC | Director
Family Support Center at Sweet Home High School

Marvin L. Henchbarger, MAT, MSEd | Executive Director
Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Western New York

The Intersection of Social Media and Student Bullying (View Description)

Michael Pregot, Ph.D. | Coordinator of Educational Leadership Programs | Long Island University
Pregot Presentation

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Understanding Online Disinhibition: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
(View Description)

Kathryn Levy | Doctoral Student
University at Buffalo School of Social Work
Levy Presentation

Bullying and Individuals with Disabilities: Needs Assessment Findings
(View Description)

Amanda Nickerson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor and Director
Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention | University at Buffalo

Jilynn Werth | Doctoral Student
Combined Counseling and School Psychology program | University at Buffalo
Nickerson-Werth Presentation

The Dignity for All Students Act Roundtable Discussion (View Description)

Nanci Monaco, Ph.D. | Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor | Child & Adolescent Psychology, EER Department | Buffalo State College

Mark Schachter, Ph.D. | Licensed Psychologist
Monaco-Schachter Presentation

2:55 p.m. Closing Remarks

Note: Professional Development certificates will be provided at the conclusion of the program.


Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
embraceWNY

Gold Sponsors
Buffalo Teachers Federation
Hodgson Russ
New York State Association of School Psychologists
UB Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
UB Graduate School of Education

Silver Sponsor
Pearson