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Press Release

Press Release

Nationally Regarded Expert Lectures on Protecting Children from Bullying, Harassment and Emotional Violence

April 7, 2004

Lecture: “And Words Can Hurt Forever: Protecting Kids from Bullying, Harassment and Emotional Violence in a Socially Toxic Environment”

Presenter :James Garbarino, PhD

Where: Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 221 Rivermoor Street, West Roxbury

When: Monday, April 26 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Registration:For parents/concerned members of community, registration is $50; for mental health professionals requesting 3 CE credits, registration is $100. Call MSPP at 617-327-6777 to reserve seat.


The prevalence of childhood bullying – and its tragic consequences – has received significant media attention in the past few years. Unfortunately, the problem is still pervasive, prompting the United States Office of Health and Human Services to launch a nationwide anti-bullying campaign last month.

To help mental health professionals, school administrators, and communities better address bullying issues, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) has invited James Garbarino, PhD, a nationally renowned expert on bullying, to speak on Monday, April 26. Author of nearly 20 books, Garbarino has lectured nationally and internationally and has discussed issues surrounding youth and violence in the national press, including NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s 20/20, and Newsweek Magazine. He serves as the Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and as co-director of Cornell’s Family Life Development Center. He is also a Professor of Social Work at Boston College.

Garbarino’s MSPP talk will be based on his highly regarded book published by Simon and Schuster (The Free Press) in 2002. In conjunction with a colleague at Cornell he wrote “And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence,” one of the few books to focus exclusively on all forms of bullying.

Founded in 1974, MSPP is one of the first and largest schools of its kind in the United States. Offering a wide array of programs, MSPP now has 700 alumni across the nation and plays an important role in the mental health environment of Massachusetts. Despite its growing popularity and reputation, the school endeavors to stay true to its founding mission: to improve quality of life by training and educating psychology practitioners so they are capable of providing high quality, compassionate human services.

Updated 10/1/07

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