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NASP Hosts International Delegation

Susan Gorin, Ted Feinberg, and Mary Beth Klotz present information on NASP’s Violence Prevention, Crisis Response, and Culturally Competent Practice resources and programs to an international delegation.

On November 7, 2007 the NASP Headquarters hosted a visit from a distinguished group of educators and school psychologists from Georgia , a former Soviet republic. The delegation was participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program, one of the premier professional exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program for the delegation’s 3-week visit to the U.S. was arranged by Meridian International Center.

The six person delegation represented a special project dedicated to reducing school violence in Georgia . The goal of their visit to the U.S. was to provide the Georgian specialists with knowledge and information about the U.S. efforts to prevent violence among teenagers. The information gained from the visit will provide guidance to the educators as they work to develop similar models and prevention strategies in their country where the rise of school violence has been of great concern.

Specifically, the tour was designed to familiarize participants with:

  • Measures of the extent of school violence in the U.S.
  • Training programs for school violence prevention
  • The roles of mediators and school psychologists in school violence prevention
  • The roles of teachers and parents in school violence prevention
  • Violence prevention initiatives, including early warning strategies
  • Programs for the prevention of school bullying
  • School crisis response initiatives

Susan Gorin (Executive Director), Ted Feinberg (Assistant Executive Director), and Mary Beth Klotz (Director IDEA Projects and Technical Assistance) provided the visitors with an overview of the mission of NASP, as well as detailed information about the PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum, key mental health and cultural competence messages that NASP promotes, related NASP resources and research, and culturally competent practice information. The NASP presentation and information packets provided to the Georgian visitors were received with appreciation and sincere interest and the desire to utilize the knowledge gained in the formulation of violence prevention programs in the Georgian schools.