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MESPA MN Bullying Prevention Initiative
MESPA, the Hazelden Foundation, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are partners in the comprehensive statewide Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative.

Bullying is a serious issue that affects students’ health, the school climate, academic achievement, and school liability. According to the 2010 Minnesota Student Survey, 27.2 percent of students reported they had been bullied once a week or more often. In the 2006-2007 school year, there were 857 incidents of bullying resulting in out-of-school suspension or expulsion.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is a whole school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.

The Hazelden Foundation is the leading publisher of evidence-based prevention programs and the exclusive publisher of the OBPP, the most researched and best-known program of its kind.  OBPP has over 35 years of research and successful implementation all over the world. Many schools that have used the program have seen reductions in bullying behavior by 50 percent or more.

OBPP is used at the school, classroom, and individual levels and includes methods to reach out to parents and the community for involvement and support. School administrators, teachers, school social workers, and other staff are primarily responsible for introducing and implementing the program. These efforts are designed to improve peer relations
and make the school a safer and more positive place for students to learn and develop.

What Are the Goals of OBPP?
•    To reduce existing bullying problems among students.
•    To prevent the development of new bullying problems.
•    To achieve better peer relations at school.

For Whom is OBPP Designed?
OBPP is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students age five to fifteen years old). All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions.

Is the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program a Nationally Recognized Program?
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program has received recognition from a number of organizations including:
  • Blueprints Model Program, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Model Program, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Effective Program, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Level 2 Program, U.S. Department of Education  ("Level 2" programs have been scientifically demonstrated to prevent delinquency or reduce risk and enhance protection for delinquency and other child and youth problems.

Get Acrobat Reader  MESPA_Olweus_Order_Form.pdf  
ORDER BULLYING QUESTIONNAIRES with this MESPA Hazelden order form. This form also may be used for ordering Olweus and other bullying prevention materials -- or go to the online MESPA Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore. Be sure to use the special "promo code" MESPA5.
Get Acrobat Reader  Olweus_Facts_2.pdf  
A two-page fact sheet introducing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Get Acrobat Reader  olweus_frequently_asked_questions.pdf  
A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (with answers) about bullying and bullying prevention.
Get Acrobat Reader  Olweus_Scope_Sequence.pdf  
Program Information and in-depth scope and sequence


Free Webinars
Click here for upcoming Bullying Prevention Webinars

Bullying Prevention Training
Training is available for your school today! MESPA has contracted with Certified Olweus Trainers to guide schools who purchase the program.

For information on bringing a trainer to your school, contact Ann Hooper at Hazelden:
Phone # 651-213-4654

MESPA MN Bullying Prevention Bookstore
Visit MESPA's Minnesota Bullying Prevention Initiative Bookstore to purchase evidence-based programs materials for your school.
Or use the MESPA Olweus Order Form at the bottom of this page -- and fax your order to MESPA at 651-999-7311. Checks payable to Hazelden

OR contact Bobby Christensen at Hazelden for guidance in determining which materials to purchase, or quotes on the potential cost of the program for your school:  651-213-4909;

Like to talk with a colleague who has experience using the Olweus program?

Here are a few of the many principals statewide who are using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and who would be happy to answer your questions.

Lorene Force, Dassel-Cokato, 320-286-4100, ext. 1304

Michelle Krell, Kasson-Mantorville, 507-634-1234

Greg Seawell, Melrose, 320-256-3617

Joe Thimm, Chisago Lakes, 651-213-2100