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Adams receives national certification for bullying-prevention program

FARGO, ND, Nov. 1, 2017 – Kelli Adams, restorative practices school specialist for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, was recently certified to be a national trainer-consultant of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a program that has been proven to reduce bullying and anti-social behaviors in schools.

Olweus trainers receive national certification only after fulfilling extensive requirements, which include five days of training, ongoing consultation with an Olweus technical expert, and conducting two trainings and follow-up consultations with a selected school or community agency. This level of certification enables Adams to conduct trainings in schools across the nation.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched bullying prevention program available today. The Olweus program includes schoolwide, classroom, individual and community strategies that create a safe and positive school climate, improve peer relations, and reduce the opportunities for bullying behavior. It is designed for students in elementary, middle and junior high schools (and can also be adapted for high school use).

Backed by 35 years of research, the program is shown to reduce student reports of being bullied or bullying others by 50 percent, significantly reducing student reports of antisocial behavior, substantially improving classroom social climate and creating greater support for students who are bullied.

Before Adams started at LSSND four years ago, she was a teacher in the Grand Forks School District for 30 years. She is based out of the LSSND Grand Forks Program Center, but is available to conduct trainings statewide. Anyone interested in learning more about the Olweus program can contact Adams at or go to

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