What makes a bully be a bully? What conditions and variables are in place that makes him/her think it's okay to harass others? If we really want to stop the epidemic that is literally taking the lives of our youth, we need to get beyond treating the symptoms of the bully's behavior. We need to look at the source of the problem. If you are serious about stopping bullying, this is the training you should attend.

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Perhaps the most unique workshop you will ever experience, it begins with a 50 minute play, Analyzing the Bully, presented by the all youth cast of the award winning blank slate theatre. You will then have an opportunity to ask questions of the youth as well hear about the latest research regarding the bully from the blank slate eexecutive artistic director, Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC, who is a licensed psychotherapist.

Blank slate theatre collaborates with young artists in producing and performing dramatic words speaking to issues relating to and impacting young persons today. Analyzing the Bully was written by youth. 

Here's a snippet from Analyzing the Bully’s show bill: "Just what is going on in the brain of a bully? Join Dr. Harrison, Dr. Bruntsworth, and Dr. Lincoln as they present their assessment, findings and treatment plan for a real-life, actual, flesh and blood bully (gasp!). Further scientific recommendations for eliminating all bullies from planet earth will be given in this one-act presentation."

About Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC:

Adam is a licensed psychotherapist working with individuals and families in his office in Lowertown St. Paul, near Mears Park. Adam has a Master of Arts in Counseling & Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, and an Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota.

In addition to being a family therapist in private practice and the Executive Artistic Director for blank slate theater, Adam has worked as a counselor in several residential treatment centers and as a group psychotherapist in the addiction and domestic violence fields. He founded blank slate theatre in 2006 and has since been serving as its artistic director.

Adam is a licensed Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He a member of the LGBT Therapists Network, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and serves on the board of the Interfaith Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN). He recently was awarded "Outstanding Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist" by the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the latest research regarding bullying behaviors.
  • Gain insight into the factors that can influence bullying behaviors.
  • Discover effective, powerful, and nuanced interventions for addressing bullying behaviors.

About the Collaboration:

YIPA is excited to have the following quality sponsors/partners for this important event:  Anoka Ramsey Community College, Minnesota Prevention Resource Center, and the Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota. 


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