Surviving the Social Jungle

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Ways to Manage Unfriendly Behavior and Bullying
Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan
Saturday, April 22, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Kid and Adult Track
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Professional Educator Track

This groundbreaking conference takes a fresh approach to managing unfriendly peer behavior and preventing bullying, by offering specialized tracks for professional educators, adults and kids. This “three prong” approach targets the information that each group needs to make real change in our community in a practical way.

1.  Professional Track- Professionals can choose workshops from the professional or adult track.  To receive credits you must only attend the workshops from the Professional Track.

2.  Adult Track- Parents can choose workshops from the Adult and Professional Track.

3.  Kid Track- Kids 3rd-5th grade and Middle School groups will be broken into groups of 10-12 kids.  A group leader will take the kids to eight interactive stations that will include games, a self-defense station, a photo booth, and more.  Each station will have a lesson to teach kids the skills needed to manage unfriendly situations with friends and classmates.

If you are a Girl Scout, Boy Scout Leader or Youth Leader and would lead your group through the stations please email    Group Leaders attend the conference at no cost.

Girl Scouts that come together as a troop will visit one station that is designed just for Girl Scouts and will receive a Surviving the Social Jungle patch.

To register:

A sneak peek of workshops!
Moms, ever feel like you are trying to manage the social jungle yourself?  We've got the workshop for you!

A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Social Jungle
Presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC
Gear up, moms (and dads)! Are you exhausted and stressed over trying to figure out your child’s social life?  In this workshop, we’ll take a look at some of the challenges in kid and teen friendships: queen/king bees, exclusivity, and unfriendly behaviors. We’ll also explore our adult friendships, and how we may be inadvertently modeling the same unfriendly behavior that we want to discourage in our youth. We’ll discuss techniques to manage social challenges, so that your child can thrive, not just survive.
The Key presentation for the Professional and Adult Track is on the impact of social exclusion and rejection.  It is critical for everyone who works with children understand the impact of social rejection and exclusion on children.  There is more we can do as parents,schools, sports teams, faith based programs, and Scout programs to create opportunities for children to be included and to minimize the opportunity for rejection.

“The Impact of Adolescent Social Exclusion and Rejection”
Presented by C. Nathan DeWall, Ph.D.
Most people crave social acceptance. Like a sweet snack, social acceptance is pleasant, rewarding, and, in moderate amounts, associated with good health. Social rejection, in contrast, thwarts the fundamental need for positive and lasting relationships, which strikes at the core of well-being.

DeWall will present a program of research on the power of social rejection in shaping cognition, emotion, and behavior. He will explore how social rejection influences a variety of responses, from self-regulation to aggression, and how bullying can leave mental and physical scars that last for decades.  He will explain how responses to social rejection share common overlap with physical pain processes. Finally, he will illustrate how people cope with social rejection.

To register:
Surviving the Social Jungle is a 501c3
Questions? Call Kimber Bishop-Yanke, Conference Chair at 248-757-0912

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