Professional Development Training
for Educators and Mental Health Professionals

Staff have told me that it was one of the BEST trainings by far that we have provided!
— Keri DeBruin, D.A. Blodgett - St. John's Home for Children
I don’t think I’ve ever seen our staff that mesmerized in a training before. There was great information! We will certainly use this.
— Lori Robinson, Health Coordinator, Godwin Heights Public Schools

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will learn how to play a unique improvisational game that educates children in why they are bullied and how to stop it immediately and with little effort.  When participants infuse this game into their current prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation efforts, they will help students grow in emotional resilience, build empathy and kindness, and develop effective leadership skills.
  2. Participants will learn the top ten socio-emotional resilience items that must be identified for a child to become truly emotionally resilient to bullying behaviors.  They will learn how to apply the "Peace Sign Approach" and role playing game to a child’s unique area of weakness in order to build and promote emotional strength.
  3. Participants will learn a simplified definition of bullying/social aggression that allows them more clearly understand this complex issue and how to respond to it more effectively.  Furthermore, they will learn how to keep a positive mindset that enables them to see the bullying problem as an educational opportunity for a student's’ social and emotional growth.

Other Training Topics:

As a professional who has spent several years working on the front lines in schools and residential treatment programs, Jeff truly understands how it important it is to find simple techniques that will work right away!  His training seminar teaches educators and mental health professionals the most effective ways to empower young people to solve social conflict.

Unlike many programs that rely on school-wide systems and significant time to implement, Jeff will teach you how to equip victims of bullying with social and conflict resolution skills in as little as 10 minutes.  These techniques provide students with the skills needed to respond to social aggression and solve their own social problems.  This means that staff can focus on coaching and teaching rather than policing and enforcing.  When put into practice, these techniques will yield immediate results.  Jeff's training is full of laughter, audience participation, and role-playing of real-life scenarios.

(Duration: Choose from a 60-minute keynote, 90-minute interactive, 3-hour interactive, or 6-hour/full day interactive)

Jeff Veley teaches the Peace Sign Approach in his international award-winning bullying prevention program.  he travels from grand rapids, Mi and is a respected youth motivational speaker.

These optional sessions can be added to Jeff's keynote presentation at no cost.  They are the perfect way to tailor Jeff's program to meet your goals.  Each workshop is 30-45 minutes in length.

  • Becoming Cyber-Smart:  How to respond to digital drama such as cyber-bullying, textual harassment, and sexting.
  • Anger Management:  A three-step process to prevent, intervene, and positively respond to anger.
  • Resilience Revolution:  The media is full of stories of people who have given up or made the wrong choices.  Jeff shares stories of those that faced adversity, overcame obstacles, found potential in their pain, and turned their struggle into something positive.  You can use these stories and strategies to inspire students to do the same.
  • Safe Dates:  This session explores the topic of dating through identifying values, recognizing signs of abuse, and understanding the components of healthy relationships.  Jeff has been a certified trainer and facilitator of the SAFE DATES Curriculum for over 8 years.


    Follow Up Materials:

    • Online Learning Library:  This online platform features several professional courses with hours of training on the "Peace Sign Approach" and addressing different forms of bullying for staff, parents, and students.  Use it as your reference guide and ongoing training source all year long.
    • Resilience & Behavior Assessments:  School staff can use these tools to assess the impact of bullying behavior to a student and their areas of weakness.
    • The Peace Sign Challenge: An online role-playing game that can be used to empower victims of bullying while teaching social and emotional coping skills.  Have students play it together and use it in the counseling office to help equip students that are being victimized.
    • The Peaceable School Policy:  Zero-tolerance policies are proven to make bullying worse.  This policy takes allows your school to handle aggression on campus using best practices.  It empowers students to solve social problems, offers appropriate disciplinary action based on the severity of behavior, uses conflict to build resilience, and decreases hostility between parents and school staff while meeting reporting standards.