Title

The Power of Connection: Teen Dating Violence, Unhealthy Relationships and Academic Achievement

First Presenter's Institution

The Empowerment House

Second Presenter's Institution

The Still Standing Foundation

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Plimsoll

Strand #1

Safety & Violence Prevention

Strand #2

Social & Emotional Skills

Relevance

This topic focuses on the psychological, emotional, physical and social effects that teen dating violence has on youth and the impact it can ultimately have on the academic achievement of the students. Educators will learn specifics about the scope of the problem and unique evidence-based strategies/techniques that will help them to create in order to assist students who have been traumatized. This is directly related to the Safety & Violence Prevention and the Social & Emotional Skills strands

Brief Program Description

This session will provide details about the research based, psychological, emotional, physical and social effects that teen dating violence has on youth and the impact it can ultimately have on the academic achievement of the students. Educators will learn specifics about the scope of the problem and unique evidence based strategies/techniques to assist students who have been traumatized and improve their academic achievement levels.

Summary

This session is designed to share the scope and impact of unhealthy relationships and teen dating violence on youth and the connection to their academic achievement. Through the introduction of an evidence based practical model designed to teach educators how to assist these students, the presenters will share methods, strategies and techniques with the participants to educate them.

Many schools do not offer programs for the youth in grades 6-12 that specifically addresses the needs of this population. This session will share viable options for schools to create programs that will directly help these students.

This topic is timely, relevant and necessary in an educational era that recognizes the importance of ensuring that students remain mentally and physically healthy to maintain strong academic achievement levels. Unfortunately many educators do not understand or are unaware of the statistics surrounding these traumatized youth in crisis.

The program that will be presented is based on the CDC's evidence-based approach:

CDC uses a four-step approach to address public health problems like dating violence.

Step 1: Define the problem: This step focuses on learning the breadth and depth of the problem and the population it affects. The CDC learns about a problem by gathering and studying data.

Step 2: Identify risk and protective factors: This step focuses on recognizing and understanding why the behavior is occurring. The CDC conducts and supports research to answer this question.

Step 3: Develop and test prevention strategies: Using information gathered in research, CDC develops and evaluates strategies to prevent violence. This session will present examples of strategies used in a 6-week program designed to address teen dating violence.

Step 4: Ensure widespread adoption: In this final step, CDC shares the best prevention strategies and the information shared in this presentation is also an attempt to do so.

http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/teen-dating-violence-factsheet-a.pdf

Evidence

  1. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  2. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  3. One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  4. Approximately one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  5. Nearly 80% of girls who have been victims of physical abuse in their dating relationships continue to date the abuser.
  6. Nearly 20% of teen girls who have been in a relationship said that their boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm in the event of a break-up. http://womensissues.about.com/od/datingandsex/a/TeenDatingAbuse.htm

Based on the above-mentioned statistics Teen Dating Violence is connected to academic achievement, unhealthy relationships and at-risk teen behavior. The twelve lesson program that we developed is based upon the data noted above and has been delivered to students in grades 6-12. The participants were students who were in the care of the Department of Family and Children Services, Department of Public Health and several public schools.

In order to prevent violence and ensure the safety of all children and youth educators must begin to educate the youth and offer services to youth affected by Teen Dating Violence. The program presented in this sessions does that. It imperative that this behavior is addressed because violent behavior of this sort typically begins at or around age 12.

This presentation is also related to the Mental and Physical Health of students because youth that are involved in unhealthy relationships that involve violence are impacted mentally and physically. It is a "long road" to recovery that demands in-depth counseling, support, and perhaps therapeutic strategies to assist the youth in the healing process. This session will address all of the above.

Many educators and adults interested in students are unaware of these statistics and are not trained to provide the support that the students need. This presentation is the first step in that direction.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Adair White-johnson:

Multiple Bestselling Author, Publisher, Speaker and "Empowerologist," Dr. Adair f. White-johnson (affectionately known as "Dr. Adair") is a leading authority on motivating, inspiring and empowering individuals to move towards positive change, become resilient and to bounce back after hitting rock bottom.

Dr. Adair decided to leave her six-figure income job after 26 years so she could “follow her next dream.” She then created The Empowerment Housewhere she coaches teens and their parents through life changes. She teaches them how to operate and thrive in spite of their circumstances and shares techniques that help them empower themselves to “push through the pain” in their lives. As the creator of The BELIEVE and GO HARD systems for teens, she imparts strategies that focus on leadership skills, overcoming odds, controlling anger, creating healthy balances, forgiving techniques, building dreams and reaching destiny points. Her Wheel of Resiliency introduces 6 stages of self-empowerment that includes rejuvenating natural resiliency. In addition, Dr. Adair created The Johnson Tribe Publishing House (JTP), a full-service agency that empowers, engages, inspires, motivates, promotes and teaches authors the skills of writing and publishing their books.

A State University of New York at Buffalo graduate who earned a Ph.D., a Certificate of Advanced Studies and a Master’s degree, Dr. Adair has provided motivational, creative and unique counseling services for over twenty years. She also created an empowerment andresiliency curriculum for teens. This program is aligned with the current National Common Core Standards as well as the American School Counselor Association National Model. She has also collaborated with The Still Standing Foundation to create “Teen Dating Violence, Unhealthy Relationships, and Academic Achievement: What’s the Connection?” This is a comprehensive and informative counseling program for youth. As a Professional School Counselor of the Year and Writer of the Year recipient, Dr. Adair has also been featured in POSE and BOLD magazines, several national and international radio shows and is the recipient of several academic and civic awards.

As the author of “White Girl Speaks! Powerful Words of Inspiration for Leadership and Success in your Life,” "How to Get Over It! in 30 Days Parts I, II, and III” “Get Over It! How to Bounce Back After Hitting Rock Bottom” and “Get Over It! How to Bounce Back After Hitting Rock Bottom for Teens,” Dr. Adair focuses on teaching others how to become empowered, resilient and ready to positively move forward in their lives.

Dr. Adair has been married for twenty-six years, is the proud mother of five children and loves watching soap operas. Her life mantra is “I am. I can. I will. I do.” and she seeks to share this positive outlook on every person she meets.

Tamiko Lowry-Pugh

Tamiko Lowry-Pugh often referred to as "The Empowering Diva" is the voice for Women's Empowerment. As the CEO of Tamiko Lowry LLC, and The founder of The Still Standing Foundation, she has constructed a powerful movement dedicated to the empowerment and personal development of women across the world. Tamiko is the epitome of her aptly named non-profit, The Still Standing Foundation—an organization that provides a positive outlet for victims of domestic violence to become survivors, with a focus on domestic violence awareness, prevention, and advocacy. She is a compassionate mentor and friend, an enthusiastic leader, and visionary.

Tamiko is a member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., MECCA Chapter where she serves as the Public Policy Chair and an active member of Women In The Spotlight GoinGlobal. Over the years she has received many awards and recognitions including The 2013 Atlanta Rising Star Award for her work with the Still Standing Foundation. Most recently Tamiko received the Atlanta Black History Makers Award as well as the Unsung Heroine Award for her dedication to the fight to end domestic violence, just to name a few.

Tamiko earned her Business degree from Colorado Technical University. She has completed Domestic Violence Advocacy training with the Georgia Coalition of Domestic Violence and obtained a certification in Teen Dating Violence Awareness which allows her to teach and train Domestic Violence Awareness workshops throughout the country. After attending the International Coaching and Science Research Institute she obtained certifications as a Certified Life Coach and Public Speaker/Master Communicator.

As a 2x Bestselling author, Speaker, Certified Empowerment Coach, and Domestic Violence Advocate, Tamiko believes that empowerment comes from within and can be achieved by honoring yourself, your values, and expressing your talents and gifts.

Tamiko resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Minister Kenny Pugh and 2 children, Destiny & Michael.

Keyword Descriptors

Teen dating, Violence, Abuse, Domestic Violence, Academic achievement

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

3-7-2017 9:45 AM

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The Power of Connection: Teen Dating Violence, Unhealthy Relationships and Academic Achievement

Plimsoll

This session will provide details about the research based, psychological, emotional, physical and social effects that teen dating violence has on youth and the impact it can ultimately have on the academic achievement of the students. Educators will learn specifics about the scope of the problem and unique evidence based strategies/techniques to assist students who have been traumatized and improve their academic achievement levels.