News articles highlighting the works of EPISCenter in 2013

Brian Bumbarger Presents at "Investing in What Works Forum" 
The two-day Forum focused on developing a better understanding of three areas:

  • return on investment;
  • strategies such as training and technical assistance to support the selection, implementation, and alignment of evidence-based practices; and
  • approaches to evaluate multiple evidence-based programs taking place in one setting.

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Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) Training featured in Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Newsletter 
In July, a four-day Orientation and Scorer’s training in the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) was hosted by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC), The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), and the Evidence-based Prevention & Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter) at the Child Welfare Center in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

EPISCenter Director Brian Bumbarger Testifies at Pennsylvania House about Youth Violence as a Public Health Epidemic 
Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee heard from testifiers at a public hearing today regarding indications that youth violence is becoming a public health epidemic. View Photos.

EPISCenter Director Brian Bumbarger Testifies at Briefing on the Cost-effectiveness of Youth Violence and Intervention 
Hosted by the World Vision, the Open Society Foundations, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Peace Alliance, and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. 

PROSPER prevention programs dramatically cut substance abuse among teens 
A combination of family-focused and school-based programs teach parents and children the skills they need to build better relationships and limit exposure to substance use.

Prevention Research Center aims to help families and their children
With research and programs aimed at changing risky behaviors, Penn State's Prevention Research Center promotes well-being in children, teens, and families.

"Scientists, even the best in the world, are not the best promoters of products," says Ed Smith, acting director of Penn State's Prevention Research Center. That's where the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support (EPIS) Center, directed by Brian Bumbarger, comes in. 

Coordinating Council To Address Recommendations of Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence
The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention met earlier this month to discuss implementing the recommendations from the Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.

IYS Training for Small Group Therapy and Basic Parenting Program
Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania through PCCD evidence-based grant funding will be hosting two training opportunities for The Incredible Years Series in June 2013.

Parents: Talk to Your Teens About Drinking Before They Start College  
Parents who discuss drinking with their teens before they start college can influence their children’s drinking behavior once they are at school, a new study suggests.

When It Comes to Curbing Drinking, College Students Do Listen  
One of the more effective ways to reduce excessive drinking in college is also the most obvious — talk to freshman before they set foot on campus.

Protective communities may reduce risk of drinking in teens  
Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, while hanging out with antisocial peers can have the opposite effect, according to Penn State researchers studying substance abuse patterns.  

School violence prevention event April 1 examines child safety, research
"Preventing School Violence: From Community Awareness to Evidence-Based Policies and Practices," a free public event, was held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the lobby of the Outreach Building in State College.

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School safety forum focuses on positive actions 
Brian Bumbarger, the director of Penn State’s Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, said the two most common places for mass violence — or four or more killings — are schools and workplaces. That’s where people are more likely to harbor and later act on a grudge, he said.

Fourth European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC)  
Social and Emotional Competence in a Changing World
July 3-7 2013 at the University of Zagreb Croatia

The conference builds on three previous successful and vibrant ENSEC Conferences in Malta, Turkey and The United Kingdom. ENSEC is a collaborative network for European researchers and practitioners working in the area of social and emotional competence in children and young people. The network has been in existence now for five years and has a growing and thriving membership right across the world. Register Now.

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) seeks candidates for the position of Director, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 
The closing date for the Vacancy Announcement is March 29, 2013. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date.

New Castle Youth Development Center Closed 
On February 15, 2013 the New Castle Youth Development Center, a 100-bed facility for delinquent boys officially closed its doors, saving Pennsylvania taxpayers $73 million. The closure was part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which will reinvest $10 million of the savings into proven prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders

Youth Confinement at 35-Year Low: Three Reports on Reform
Recent reports show big declines in youth confinement in the US – but Pennsylvania falls behind.

Incredible Years trainings open to PA providers
IYS Basic Parent Program - August 6-8, 2013 - Lancaster County, PA
IYS Small Group Therapy - September 4-6, 2013 - Adams County, PA

Brian Bumbarger, Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at the Pennsylvania State University, talks about youth violence prevention at In the Wake of Newtown: A Youth Violence Prevention Summit
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