About this conference

Introducing the latest and most relevant international research, the Standing Up To Bullying! Conference, a 4-hour bullying prevention conference, offered onsite or as a live webinar upon request, is designed to empower and equip k through 12 school administrators, educators, social workers, counselors, psychologists, law enforcement, as well as other professionals who work with children, with a variety of hands-on skills, tools, techniques, and interventions that could be utilized by all school staff to recognize, minimize or eradicate school bullying, violence and suicide. These tools can be used as a standalone or in conjunction with any existing school bullying/violence prevention program.

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Participants will learn:

  • The latest international research and statistics on school bullying and violence

  • The characteristics and risk factors of bullies, victims, and bystanders

  • The nature and characteristics of cyberbullying

  • The psychology and potential consequences of bullying

  • Warning signs of suicide, school shooters, and mass homicide

  • Suicide prevention

  • How to empower victims of bullying

  • School bullying and violence prevention strategies in various school settings (Immediate and long-term)

  • Classroom behavior management techniques

  • Non Physical de-escalation techniques, and

  • Self-defense techniques

About the speaker

Mark Lakewood, CEO

Mark Lakewood, CEO of Building Strong Families National Seminars, is a distinguished bullying prevention expert, researcher, author, and national speaker with decades of clinical experience as a mental health therapist. Prior to establishing his own private practice, he was employed at medical/psychiatric hospitals and clinics, and a family preservation agency. Mr. Lakewood has an extensive history providing mental health therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults.

He worked extensively in the k-12 school setting both as a school social worker and as a school-based mental health clinician. Mr. Lakewood provided consultation and professional development staff training to numerous school administrators and educators as well as clinical services to students and their families on issues of bullying and behavior management. He has and continues to conduct extensive research regarding school bullying/violence and youth aggression.

Mr. Lakewood subscribes to three therapeutic models: 1) Ecological/Systems theory, 2) Cognitive theory, and 3) Behavioral theory. The Ecological/Systems model focuses on how we are affected by our environment. The Cognitive model focuses on how we are affected by our thoughts and beliefs. The Behavioral model focuses on how we are affected by our behavior. Mr. Lakewood believes that all three models are very effective in reducing or eliminating emotional and behavioral problems in children, adolescents, and adults.

As a Crohn's disease survivor, Mr. Lakewood continues to encounter medical obstacles which limits his ability to maintain his role as a therapist. However, his condition has not stopped him from sharing his knowledge and expertise with others.


"I found the research done on the bullies, victim and bystander from the time of their infancy into adulthood the most useful. It was good to realize that we shouldn't just focus on what is currently taking place but the child's life as a whole. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I thought it was very informative and helpful. I will definitely be able to apply this new knowledge into my current work with youth. He (Mark Lakewood) did great. He was a very engaging speaker, which I find especially hard to come by in webinars. Honestly, all of the information was useful."

Conference Participant

"I was actually overwhelmed with the scope of the problem, but what I appreciated most was the approach that instead of "solving" the problem, we equip our young people with life skills to cope with bullying. Initially, it was a bit of information overload, but as I have had time to reflect, I can see how I can incorporate this in many different areas of our school culture. I appreciated the speaker's humor which was a relief on a very heavy topic."

Conference Participant

"I found the strategies to prevent bullying very helpful. It gave me ideas that I can use in the classroom to educate my students. I'm impressed by the speaker's knowledge on the topic and that everything was research-based. Overall, the conference was very helpful in my development as a teacher, to help me create a safe and fun environment for my students."

Conference Participant

"The practical "hands-on", real world techniques and skills presented were excellent and really usable at the classroom/school level. I thought is very well presented and liked the interactive setup that allowed for input and immediate feedback as well. The speaker did a wonderful job in educating and informing and also avoiding that "talk down personae" He was truly prepared and a knowledgeable scholar. I benefited greatly from this conference and am so appreciative to have been included in its presentation today. i will certainly recommend it to others in need of additional resources to deal with these pressing issues."

Conference Participant

"There were many different aspects I found useful in this conference. First of all, I really appreciated all of the information about characteristics of bullies and those being bullied. I also appreciated receiving useful tools and activities to use with my students in the classroom. Finally, I found useful the opportunity to discuss with other teachers character building programs they use in their school. I really enjoyed the PowerPoint presentation to aid in understanding and ability to take notes. Also, I appreciated the quiz questions to aid in discussion. I thought the speaker was great. I especially liked how the speaker did not put pressure on people to participate if they didn't feel comfortable doing so."

Conference Participant

"The do's and don'ts of bullying were helpful. The speaker's background in mental health added to the dynamic of bullying discussions. There was some good ideas and techniques introduced - This was great! The conference was good, laidback and informal. I liked the conversational-based format as opposed to lecture-based. The speaker was friendly, experienced, educated in topic but also brings mental health background which was a great addition."

Conference Participant

"The conference was very good - low cost of registration allowed for us to bring a team. The conference helped tremendously with characteristics of bullies and victims."

Conference Participant

"Relaxed and comfortable format regarding asking questions as we went along. Interesting and informative. I enjoyed this conference. Best conference I have been to in a long time."

Conference Participant