McMillen Health Lecture Series 2014

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:30am - 3:00pm

McMillen Health Lecture Series  In partnership with Great KIDS Make Great COMMUNITIES Presents:  Bullying and Ostracism

McMillen Health Lecture Series

in partnership with Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES Presents:

Bullying and Ostracism

This day-long seminar in the International Ballroom at IPFW will feature keynote speaker Dr. Kipling Williams, Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University. 
Dr. William’s extensive work on ostracism - being ignored and excluded - and how it affects individuals and groups led him to develop the computer game "Cyberball" to help people explore how it feels to be left out of a group. His research is featured in the documentary film "Reject" which will be screened during this event.
The lecture series will also feature multiple breakout sessions, led by local experts. A boxed lunch is included, and free parking is available.
Continuing Education Units are available for those holding LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, and LSW licenses.  All others - please check with your licensing body.


12:30  – 12:45 Break
12:45  – 2:15 Reject, A Documentary Film
2:15  – 3:00 Panel Discussion with Q & A
3:00     Dismissal / Networking

Three ticket options available! 

Full Seminar


Includes keynote, breakout session, lunch, movie, and panel discussion.
Full Seminar with 4 CEUs


This option includes all the above activities, and you will receive a CEU certificate at the conclusion of the seminar.
Movie Only


This option includes the movie and panel discussion only. The movie will be shown at the Rhinehart Center Auer Auditorium. No CEUs will be available with this option. 

Three registration options available! 

Credit Card

Online Form

Downloadable Form

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Kipling D. Williams, PhD

Professor of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

Dr. Williams is a pioneer and world-leading expert on social and psychological dynamics of ostracism. As well as his authored book, Ostracism: The Power of Silence, he has edited multiple books and has been an associate editor of numerous professional journals as well as being the current editor of Social Influence. He has also published over 140 articles and chapters. His research interests include ostracism, social influence, and motivation in groups.
Ostracism—being ignored and excluded—is a method of social control and punishment that exists in all social animals. Experience and threat of ostracism is thought to be one of the primary means to ensure civility, communal action, and cooperation. Burdensome members are ostracized resulting in corrected behaviors or permanent removal from the group; either result serving to strengthen the group.

Reject a Documentary Film

This documentary exposes the correlation between social rejection, subsequent physical pain and acts of violence by combining cutting-edge science with deeply intimate personal stories. It also highlights strategies for teaching school children how to prevent the rejection that leads to isolation and even bullying.
"This film has the potential to educate many people about the harm and dangers of ostracism through poignant interviews with children and their families, as well as scientists. Ostracism is the invisible stepchild of bullying. Everyone knows bullying is bad and there are overt behaviors that can be documented. But not talking to somebody at work or excluding classmates from playing is something that is very difficult to document, and so it becomes the weapon of choice for adults and children because it is easier to disguise and get away with." Kipling D. Williams, PhD

Breakout Sessions

40 Developmental Assets

Judge Charles Pratt 

Co-founder, Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES

Judge Charles Pratt has served as a juvenile court judge in the Allen Superior Court – Family Relations Division since 1998. He will share the 40 Developmental Assets, as defined by the Search Institute, and ways to build assets in children and adolescents.  Assets are the positive building blocks that young people need to grow up to be healthy, caring, responsible adults.  

Bullying in Athletics and the Perception of the “Tough Guy”

Mike McCaffrey

Athletic Director, University of Saint Francis

Mike McCaffrey spent ten years in professional sports and has been in university athletic administration for six years. He will share case studies and stories that represent some of the attitudes and behaviors associated with athletes who grow up thinking that being “strong” and “dominant” is the only way to garner respect.  

Healing the Hurt: Restoring Self-Esteem in a Victim of Bullying

Miles Nitz, MS, LMFT & Melisa Sanchez Landgraf, LMFT

Take Charge Counseling and Consulting

Miles Nitz has over 12 years of experience in counseling and has done extensive research and training in cognitive-behavioral therapy. This session explores how bullying changes the brain and provides powerful, practical approaches for reversing these changes and restoring confidence and self-esteem through cutting-edge cognitive approaches to therapy based on the science of neuro-plasticity.

Restorative Practices

Jeff Studebaker

School Safety Manager, East Allen County Schools

As a Certified School Safety Specialist, Jeff Studebaker coordinates the district’s efforts to provide a safe environment for students. He will present how using the “Restorative Practices Continuum” can assist authority figures hold people accountable while allowing them to own responsibility for their actions, and discuss care for the victims of misbehavior.

2013 IDOE Bullying Prevention Task Force

Gina Woodward

Guidance Counselor, Clark-Pleasant Middle School

Gina Woodward participated in the 2013 IDOE bullying prevention task force, helping to implement the updated rules and laws. During this session she will share some of her experiences from the task force, provide a review of the updated law, and suggestions for how schools can improve their compliance with a goal of increasing best practices in bullying prevention.

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