Training to Save Lives

It’s the nightmare scenario for grain workers: You’re working inside the grain bin when you’re suddenly engulfed by grain. You try to escape, but the grain acts like quicksand, making it impossible to pull yourself out — and difficult for anyone else to lift you out without specialized training.

Helping children across Kansas

Matt Enyart and Kris Matthews recently spent 18 months traveling the state to train mental health professionals in Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Now, the two University of Kansas researchers are delivering a “PBS-to-Go Box” to 21 community mental health centers so practitioners can help children across Kansas.

PBS is an evidence-based practice that changes behavior and the environment where it happens — in this case, the challenging behavior of high-risk, high-needs kids who often end up in psychiatric residential treatment facilities.

Helping Kansas Schools Address Bullying

Although Kansas law requires elementary and secondary schools to have an anti-bullying policy, the schools often struggle to translate this legal obligation into effective policies and practices that address the pervasive problem.

But a team of University of Kansas researchers is developing a model policy that will help schools across the state clearly define bullying and implement strategies for dealing with bullying and related issues.

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