The phenomenon of gang related criminal youth activity has plagued our larger urban centers and inner cities for over two decades. However, in recent years we have seen an out migration of this type of activity and a linkage of gang activity with drug distribution. Smaller cities, towns and even suburban communities that, until recently, had no experience in dealing with this violent criminal subculture, suddenly are immersed with gang activity.
This course will explore the reasons gangs exist, how they are formed and what is the core of their existence. Participants will learn gang terminology, what defines gang attire and how to identify gang behavior. Levels of gang activity will be discussed along with specific strategies to minimize this activity in your schools.
Topics to be addressed include: types of gangs, how to discourage kids from joining a gang, pre-gang behavior, assessment and planning guide, intervention and strategy guidelines, system approach to gang prevention.
Several successful programs will be presented along with daily rules and guidelines to discourage gang involvement. Participants will find themselves more confident and capable of working with these at risk youths upon completing this course.
This course is appropriate for educators in the K-12 range.
We advise you to review and download a summary of the course syllabus
Once you register, log onto the instructor’s website at www.michaelsedler.com.
Click on Classes, then scroll down and click on Gang Attitudes & Actions manual.
The manual will download as a PDF file to your computer.
Most students experience some form of loss in their lives, and the grief that results can profoundly affect their academic performance, emotional stability, and social interactions. This class will help educators understand and respond to the extraordinary challenges that children may face when dealing with grief and loss. Participants will learn strategies to help students affected by divorce, the death of a parent, relative, friend, or pet; violence; chronic illness, and more. This class will examine grief experiences at different developmental levels and will give you strategies to:
1. Respond appropriately to expressions of grief from children and adolescents
2. Help students handle some of the emotions associated with loss
3. Determine when to refer a child to a specialist
4. Respect cultural attitudes towards grief and loss
5. Understand and identify risk taking behaviors and suicide
This course is appropriate for those working in all grades, K-12 including teachers, para-educators, counselors, and other support personnel.
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