National Conference on Girl Bullying & Other Forms of Relational Aggression (NCGB)
Venue: Las Vegas Hilton
|Event Date/Time: Jun 24, 2009||End Date/Time: Jun 26, 2009|
|Registration Date: May 31, 2009|
|Early Registration Date: Mar 13, 2009|
|Abstract Submission Date: Mar 01, 2009|
|Paper Submission Date: Mar 01, 2009|
RA, as used by this conference, is a form of non-physical cruelty that can be devastating for those involved. The effects of this and other kinds of bullying on children and adolescents can be carried into later life, resulting in low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, self-injury, violence and difficulties in personally relating with other people.
Girls who use RA, themselves, are in need of insightful interventions that will help them learn other, more appropriate, ways to become empowered. Without such help, these girls are likely to continue to be cruel and disruptive, and may eventually develop even more severe problems. These girls, as well as the victims and bystanders of RA, need to learn appropriate ways of assertiveness, conflict resolution, empathy, and other personal/social effectiveness insights and skills. Using an encouraging, strength-building approach, girls and boys can learn how to respond more constructively to each other, while empowering them to connect in healthy ways to one another.
Our usage of the terms â€œrelational aggressionâ€ and â€œmean girlsâ€ as used in this conference are in no way intended to suggest that we believe some girls are too strong-willed and assertive. We recognize that these terms could construe that some some girls are â€œproblemsâ€ because they openly express justified anger, engage in political activism, or refuse to comply with conventional feminine behaviors. This is not at all a message that we endorse or wish to convey. We support personal strength-based approaches to helping girls, as well as boys. We believe that young people benefit when they learn assertiveness, empathy, and other leadership techniques that will help them to be more effective in the social, emotional and academic/career aspects of their lives. We also endorse that girls, as well as boys, benefit when they are engaged in programs that help them learn how to identify and effectively deal with bullying (and cyber-bullying), teasing, harassment, gossiping, rumoring and other forms of interpersonal cruelty.
The major focus of the â€œNational Conference on Relational Aggression, Mean Girls and Other Forms of Bullyingâ€ conference will be to provide participants with research findings, insights, practical strategies, programs and resources on topics related to bullying with a primary focus on relational aggression in girls. We do not endorse merely one particular program or approach to address RA. Instead, we actively seek program proposals that, together, offer conference attendees a wide-variety of best-practices, research findings, and practical resources of the highest quality.
Some of the RA programs and resources presented in this conference will include practical strategies, insights and activities designed help all young people in a school. Other resources provide a more focused approach for students who are victimizers, victims and/or bystanders in various RA situations. Both of these kinds of programs help