Spring 2006 Problem Behavior News Archive

Blueprints Conference March 13-15, 2006: Denver Conference To Highlight Model Programs Proven To Reduce Violence, Delinquency And Drug Use

Blueprints Conference News Release

The inaugural 2006 Blueprints for Violence Prevention Conference was held in Denver at the Adams Mark Hotel March 13-15th. This first of its kind conference offered three days of valuable information and discussion, including keynote addresses and breakout sessions that explored model violence, delinquency and drug prevention programs. The goal was to provide support, guidance, and tools to help practitioners implement evidence-based programs successfully in their own communities. Among the speakers were Delbert Elliott, Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence; David Hawkins, Director of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington; Michele Ridge, prevention advocate in the State of Pennsylvania during the term of ex-governor Tom Ridge; Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Gilbert Botvin, Director, Institute for Prevention Research at Cornell University, and others. The conference drew over 1,000 national and international participants. Evaluations of the conference were overwhelmingly positive, with the general consensus that this conference needs to be repeated.

Dick Jessor and Jane Menken were in Italy and Turkey in late April and early May, 2006. Jessor was an invited speaker at the University of Bologna where he talked to a class in Health Psychology and then gave a public lecture on April 27 in the series "I giovedi di Psicologia" ( Psychology Thursdays") at the new branch of the university in Cesena. On May 4, Jessor served as discussant for an international symposium on "Personal and Social Correlates of Risk Behavior in Adolescence" at the Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), which was held in Antalya, Turkey. On May 5, he presented a keynote address at the meeting. And, on May 9th and 10th, Jessor lectured to an undergraduate class and a graduate class in Developmental Psychology at the University of Torino.