Did you know that in the U.S. bullying affects 22 percent of school age students, and 28 percent of students will be cyber-bullied during their lifetime?

THE NEW AGE OF BULLYING: What YOU Need to KNOW will take place on Sun., Oct. 28 at 2:00 pm at Temple Beth Tikvah (9955 Coleman Rd, Roswell, GA 30075). The forum, sponsored by Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Health Professionals and Metulla groups, is open to the community.

This is an outstanding program featuring a dozen community resources and five subject experts who will help guests navigate the challenges of bullying prevention and bullying intervention options.The panel discussion will be moderated by Mike Petchenik, WSB-TV North Fulton County Bureau Chief.

Vivian Gerow, Forum Coordinator and President of Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Health Professionals group, shared that the purpose of this community health education forum is to raise awareness and inform the community at large how to recognize, prevent, respond to and address bullying in all its forms.

According to Anita Otero, President of Hadassah Greater Atlanta’s Metulla group, forum attendees can expect to learn about both bullying and cyberbullying and to identify warning signals of bullying behavior. Additional forum objectives include learning how bullying affects learning and self-esteem and may cause depression and/or suicide. Attendees will also learn about the existing policies addressing the different types of bullying.  Most importantly, attendees will learn about the resources, methods and programs available that help identify, prevent, control and respond to bullying.

Attendees will also be able to interact with representatives from a dozen community resource organizations that will be providing information and materials at this forum.

More details about our Panel Moderator and Panel of Experts:

Mike Petchenik_20170605165533025_8246522_ver1.0Moderator:  Mike Petchenik, WSB TV North Fulton County Bureau Chief.   Petchenik covers communities across the North Metro Area. He has been honored with two Southeast Regional Emmys for his coverage of breaking and spot news. In 2016, he was honored with a National Emmy. Mike says he is “passionate about giving voice to the voiceless.”  He has personal experience with the subject and values the impact of the program.


agatstonPatti Agatston, Ph.D., Counselor/Consultant and Expert in Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Response.   Dr. Agatston is Past President and Current Board Member of International Bullying Prevention Association. She has been quoted in articles on cyberbullying in The Washington Post, CNET news, Time Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor.  She has appeared on CNN as well as other local and national radio and television programs to discuss cyberbullying and other youth online risky behavior.


BenefieldCheryl Benefield, Ed.S., Program Manager, Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Georgia Department of Education.   After spending more than two decades as a teacher, administrator, and parent mentor, Cheryl knows the importance of early identification and treatment of mental health concerns and understands the impact of school climate on the social-emotional wellbeing of students.


glaserBrittany Glaser, M.A., M.Div., Staff Associate Therapist/Summit Counseling Center and School Based Therapist at Johns Creek High School.  Using primarily non-directive humanistic approaches, Brittany works alongside people to help them discover their inner strengths. Her areas of interest include grief, relationship health, spirituality, anxiety, trauma, transitions, identity development, and depression.



Chelsea Montgomery, Ed.S., Executive Director for Counseling, Psychological and Social Work Services, Fulton County Schools.  Montgomery has served as a classroom teacher, academic and behavior interventionist, school psychologist and district administrator. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina- Aiken and Palmetto College and serves on the Board of Directors for the Student Support Team Association of Georgia Educators.



Allison Padilla-Goodman, Ph.D., Regional Director of Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Office.  Dr. Padilla-Goodman served for three years as the Regional Director of the South-Central Office for ADL in New Orleans. She is a Sociologist with a PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center whose academic career focused on race relations, immigration, public education, and urban development.

RSVP Online at: https://bit.ly/2vgu7Ji.  More details can be accessed on the Invitation flyer and the Bullying Facebook Event page.  

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About Hadassah: One of the largest women’s volunteer organizations around the world, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. is a 330,000-person strong global membership organization, supporting medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) in Jerusalem and was founded over 100 years ago. Hadassah believes in building a world where our Jewish values are put into action to advance the health and well-being of people worldwide, and to create a strong community and an enduring Israel. Hadassah has been a constant advocate for the prevention of all forms of violence, particularly against women and children. Our goal is to engage and empower Jewish women, who wish to focus on issues that matter to them, to effect change, to make a real meaningful difference, to help build a healthier, safer and more equitable world.

About Hadassah Greater Atlanta (HGA): The metro Atlanta chapter of Hadassah, has existed for 102 years. Founded in 1916, the Hadassah Greater Atlanta chapter is comprised of 3,617 members and associates who come together to raise funds in support of Hadassah’s projects in Israel and the United States; to promote issues of women’s health and family well-being; to study; to educate; and to have fun.

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