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Rudolf the Haitian Reindeer and Other Heroes: Helping Children Perform Change

Abstract

A meta analysis of studies concerning youth violence suggests that when children see themselves and are seen by surrounding adults as positive, prosocial leaders, they are less likely to become involved in bullying either as bullies or as victims (1). MFT’s have recently been encouraged to work more directly with children (2) and to adapt their service delivery methods to the needs of clients (3). The authors worked directly with 122 children in their community settings, involving parents and school officials as an encouraging audience (4) to the children’s new views of themselves. 90% of preteen girls (ages 9 to 11), and 100% of young teens of both genders (ages 12 to 14) saw themselves as more positive leaders after our 8 week program; 89% of their parents and 90% of school officials independently saw positive changes.

Author Bio(s)

Anne Hearon Rambo, Ph.D. is an associate professor of family therapy at Nova Southeastern University. She has been a family therapist for 25 years, and teaching family therapy at the graduate level for 17 years. She has a long standing interest in work with children and schools, and a prior book for parents on negotiating the school system, “I know my child can do better”: A frustrated parent’s guide to educational options (McGraw-Hill, 2001). She also has many publications related to the training and supervision of psychotherapists, including the book Practicing Therapy: Exercises for Growing Therapists (W.W. Norton, 1999). She was the first clinical director of SUPERB (Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying) and now consults to the program. She may be reached at rambo@nova.edu.

Nathalie Bello, M.S. is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s master’s in family therapy program. During her time in the master’s program, she was a clinical intern with Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying (SUPERB). After graduation, she worked with SUPERB first as a clinician and then as an administrator, and is now the executive director of SUPERB. Ms. Bello is also a first year doctoral student in the systemic family therapy program at NSU. She supervised needed translations of SUPERB materials into Spanish, as well as consulting on related cultural issues. She may be reached at albertbello@aol.com.

Maud Pasquet is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University’s master’s in family therapy program. During her time in the master’s program, she was a clinical intern with Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying (SUPERB). After graduation, she entered NSU’s doctoral program in systemic family therapy and is now a third year student in that program. In addition, she works as a Parenting Instructor for the Broward Mental Health Association. She supervised needed translations of SUPERB materials into Haitian Creole, as well as consulting on related cultural issues. She may be reached at maufritz@bellsouth.net.

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