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It’s Pronounced Ole-VA-us

It’s Pronounced Ole-VA-us
“We love Olweus! It works so well!”

Ole-what?

Ole-VA-us!

We hear this from Certified Instructors who teach our programs a lot, and they comment on how well the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program works alongside CPI training and PBIS materials. It makes sense, because the Olweus program is possibly the most popular training program that schools throughout North America and Europe use to equip staff with bullying prevention tools. And the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program and its resources are the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training.

The Olweus program was originally developed by Dr. Dan Olweus for Norway’s Ministry of Educations in 1983 after three adolescent boys in Norway committed suicide when they were severely bullied by peers.

Throughout the years, the program has not only expanded geographically, it’s been refined through research on what practices work best to reduce bullying events, create a better school climate, and improve student behavior. It provides four simple rules about bullying that schools can implement:
 
  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

While the program is used in schools, it also provides resources for parents to allow those at home to help reinforce what students learn in school.

For more information on the Olweus program, visit the Hazeldon Foundation website. And if you haven't yet, head on over to 31 for 31 to check out our School Bullying Prevention Difference Makers.
 
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