The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Education - Understanding the Roots of Violence and Promoting Reconciliation, Healing and Positive Bystandership

July 7, 2020

During difficult social conditions, such as economic problems, political upheaval and great societal change, psychological and social processes can lead groups to turn against and victimize others (Ervin, 2016). How do we stop this process and encourage empathy, moral courage and altruism? Ervin Staub, Ph.D. addresses this issue from his years of experience in promoting peace and engaging individuals to become active bystanders. He has found that when individuals have developed an ability to care for the welfare of others who are not members of their own group and have the moral courage to speak out and act according to one’s values and beliefs in the face of potential or actual opposition, we can counteract these destruction forces that lead to harm doing and violence. In this conference, he will outline the ways to teach and foster these skills to reduce violence and promote peace.   

The conference covers the principals of active bystandership, reconciliation after violence, altruism born of suffering, and promoting moral courage. Participants will learn how to help themselves and others overcome barriers and become “active bystanders” to be agents of change in their communities, increase inclusivity and promote peace. The talks will outline the tragic consequences of passivity by bystanders, as in the case of the evolution of hostility and violence that ends in mass killing or genocide and ways to prevent it. 

Additionally, participants will learn the best practices and principles of reconciliation between groups after violence has occurred to help communities heal and prevent future violence. Included in this, is altruism born of suffering. This refers to people who after harm is done to them, do not withdraw or turn against others, but instead try to prevent or stop others’ suffering. The talks will describe experiences that help bring about altruism after suffering, which is crucially important since with many people suffering, without it we would live in an increasingly hostile world. Participants will also learn ways to apply “active bystandership” strategies in clinical practice from renowned expert Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D. 

Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists, 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

  • Learn about the influences that lead to violence, how hostility and violence evolve progressively and the development of active bystandership.
  • Develop processes and activities that contribute to healing and reconciliation after group violence as well as reconciliation between individuals.
  • Implement interventions to socialize children and train adults to become active bystanders to be agents of change in their communities, promote peace and prevent violence.


Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/07/2020 - 7:30am EDT
Event ends: 
07/07/2020 - 8:30am EDT
United States

Rodrigo Oliva Perez, M.D. 
Colorectal Surgeon
School of Medicine, São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

Rodrigo Oliva Perez, M.D., indicated that neither he nor his spouse/partner has relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 1 credit hour, CE Broker Course #20-702935, by the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Board of Psychology and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

This activity has also been approved for 1 credit for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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