In recent years, Michael has been asked most frequently to give 2 to 3 hour workshops on bullying and harassment for school personnel and administrators. These workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the school or school district and include practical information about one or more of the following sub-topics: the dynamics of bullying and harassment, what to do and not to do to reduce the frequency and severity of bullying (see table What Works), the epidemiology of bullying and harassment, the nature and requirement’s of a state’s anti-bullying law, descriptions of prevention programs that work, how to assess the nature and extent of a school’s problem in this area, how to evaluate bullying prevention programs and strategies, framing bullying and harassment as a human rights issue, and ways to improve a school’s social, emotional, and academic environment or school climate.
All of Michael’s talks are as interactive as possible and, when time permits, Michael has designed a number of effective small-group exercises to illuminate the topics he is discussing. You can hear Michael speaking about relational bullying on a recent podcast from The Prevention Researcher. Michael has also lectured and given seminars and workshops on other topics within his areas of expertise. These include talks on positive youth development, juvenile justice reform, essential components of community-based programs in urban environments, hospital-based violence prevention programs, and practical evaluation strategies.
Michael’s talks are firmly grounded in the most current literature and research and designed to be practical and helpful to the practitioner. He only accepts invitations to speak on topics in which he knows the literature and in which he has had practical or hands-on experience. Michael’s speaking fees are reasonable, commensurate with his seniority in the field, and with the capacity of an organization to fund such talks.