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Preventing another Columbine: Youth violence prevention conference

sts, psychologists, healthcare specialists, counselors, educators, and others with an interest in interpersonal violence.

Divided into four plenary sessions, the conference is organized along the classical model in public health (i.e., primary, secondary and tertiary strategies): Tactics Aimed at Transforming Societal Institutions and Practices That Foster Violence; Tactics That Apply to At Risk Individuals; and Tertiary Prevention: Tactics That Apply to Adolescents Who Have Already Exhibited Violent Behaviors.

Ronald Dahl of the University of Pittsburgh will deliver the keynote presentation entitled "Adolescent Brain Development: A Period of Vulnerabilities and Opportunities".

Topics will include:

  • Sociocultural Structures and Determinants of Violence
  • Community and Family Violence, and Adolescent Development: Effective Interventions
  • Early Life Trauma and the Psychogenesis of Violence
  • Male and Female Adolescent Rites and Social Behavior
  • The Bystander Role of Teachers and Students in the Social Architecture of Bullying and Violence in Schools
  • Conducting "Anti-Prisons"
  • The Behavioral Economics of Violence
  • Genetics, Early Life Experiences and Violence: Preventive Strategies
  • Cost Effective Violence Prevention Through Targeted Family Interventions
  • Serotonin and Aggression
  • Violent Encounters in Apes and Humans: Learning From Our Evolutionary Past
  • Role of Alcohol Consumption in Escalations to Violence
  • Pharmacotherapeutic Approaches and Opportunities

The conference co-organizers are: John Devine, Center for Social and Emotional Education, New York, NY; James Gilligan, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Klaus A. Miczek, Tufts University, Medford, MA; Donald Pfaff, The Rockefeller University, New
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Contact: Jennifer Tang
jtang@nyas.org
212-838-0230 x257
New York Academy of Sciences
6-Apr-2004


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