The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Education - Advances and Innovations in Violence Prevention and Treatment: The First 25 years of The Melissa Institute

May 7, 2021

The 25th Anniversary Conference highlights essential research-based knowledge and strategies for educators, mental health professionals, social service providers, and policy makers. Following a year where unexpected health, social, and financial challenges have threatened the stability and safety of our lives, this conference offers insights and guidance to address some of the most complicated issues affecting us. 

This year’s extraordinary challenges have left us with a deeper sense of appreciation and gratitude for the importance of educators, health professionals, and social service providers in our lives. It has also highlighted the value of research-based violence prevention strategies in making our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities safer. By equipping these essential professionals with proven tools to prevent violence, the conference supports their efforts and takes an important step towards creating a much safer and healthier post-pandemic life.

The Melissa Institute’s internationally renowned Scientific Board Members will share their current work on violence prevention and the promotion of well-being. Dr. Ron Slaby make the case for research-based violence prevention as a central component in our efforts to repair the world. Dr. Debra Pepler will talk about early childhood violence prevention and child development research. Dr. Jim Larson will discuss managing adolescent anger and behavioral concerns. Dr. Guerda Nicolas will examine the impact of trauma and racialized violence for racial minorities. The Institute’s Scientific Director, Dr. Donald Meichenbaum will talk about the power of active bystanders to help defuse conflict and prevent violence from escalating. Finally, Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky will discuss research-based methods to help people achieve a higher sense of purpose and a deeper sense of meaning, providing professionals the tools needed to optimize well-being and productivity.

Baptist Health South  Florida is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Baptist Health South Florida maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists (intermediate), social workers, family mediators, mental health workers, marriage and family therapists, social services agency personnel, juvenile and family-court judges, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, clergy, nurses, pediatricians, primary care physicians and psychiatrists.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the role of emotional competence in successful school experiences and incorporate science-based techniques to promote connection, engagement, and belonging within families, schools and communities; 
  • Overcome obstacles in the implementation of active bystander violence prevention interventions, community enhancement initiatives and youth school-based interventions; 
  • Recognize multisystemic roadblocks to key resources to deal with cumulative burdens and support the healthy development of at-risk children, families, and communities; 
  • Incorporate into professional practice evidence-based skills and interventions to promote mattering and well-being as well as be acquainted with key resources readily available to help individuals, organizations and communities.


Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Psychology CE
  • 6.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/07/2021 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/07/2021 - 4:30pm EDT
Live Webinar
United States

The following faculty members have indicated that they do not have any relevant relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose. They have indicated that their individual’s presentation will not include discussion of off-label or unapproved. usage.
Ron Slaby, Ph.D.
Debra Pepler, Ph.D.
Jim Larson, Ph.D.
Guerda Nicolas, Ph.D.
Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.
Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D.

Other individuals involved in planning, content review, approval, or moderating for this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*. 

*Ineligible companies are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Policy and Disclaimer

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the Joint Providership of Baptist Health South Florida and The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment.  Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 6.25 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-_________, by the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Board of Psychology (6 hours) and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 6 credits for Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 Psychology CE
  • 6.25 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Please login or register for a Baptist Health CME account to take this course.

To find out more information and to register for this program got to Melissa Institute