April 1, 2008
For immediate release
The University of Athens in Greece has invited Dr. Shane Jimerson of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to present at an international symposium session on crisis prevention and intervention, and to present a two-day workshop on April 5-6 for psychologists to prepare them to prevent and respond to crisis events. Jimerson is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UCSB.
Amidst increasing international attention regarding school violence, education professionals around the world are seeking effective strategies to prevent violence among youth. Recognizing that there may be tragic events of violence that impact students, schools, and communities, there is also tremendous need for the preparation of professionals who will respond in the wake of crises to provide support services and help facilitate healing.
“It is essential that education professionals are actively engaged in supporting youth, promoting healthy development, and preventing tragic events of violence,” Dr. Jimerson comments. “When such tragedies do occur it is important for school psychologists and other professionals to be prepared to help support children, families, and communities. Unfortunately there are acts of violence impacting children around the world; however, it is my hope that the information that will be included in my presentation will benefit both the professionals in preventing violence and survivors in the aftermath of crises.”
Among his numerous related publications, Professor Jimerson is lead editor of The Handbook of School Violence and School Safety, co-editor of Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention, co-author of The Mourning Child Grief Support Group Curriculum, and lead editor of the soon-to-be-released International Handbook of School Bullying. Jimerson is also a co-author of the school crisis prevention and intervention training curriculum of the National Association of School Psychologists.
[Shane Jimerson is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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