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Creighton Expands Violence Prevention Strategies

Creighton Expands Violence Prevention Strategies

Bullying, violence, sexual assault and stalking are capturing media headlines across our nation and in our community. Thirty administrators and staff from Creighton University will take part in an intensive, two-day workshop called Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Dec. 2-3, designed to address the critical issue of violence prevention. Creighton is using the train-the-trainer program to not only develop strategies for violence prevention, but to teach and raise awareness of the causes and prevention techniques to others.

The “best practice” program has been used at university campuses nationwide and features methods approved by the Department of Justice that focus on empowering those confronted by violence to learn, practice skills and form leadership options to face violence in constructive ways. Real-life scenarios are used in the interactive discussions using a tool called the Playbook.

“As an educational institution, Creighton is using this forum to continue to enhance skills for our students, faculty and staff and also to apply that knowledge to the community at large,” said John C. Cernech, Ph. D., vice president for Student Services. “By training trainers we hope to cause a ripple effect for years to come,” he added.

Representatives from Omaha Public Schools are also attending the training which is partially funded by the Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention.