ComPsych(R) Reports Escalating Calls Regarding School Violence; Issues Guidelines for Parents

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from ComPsych Corporation

    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ComPsych Corporation, the world's largest
 provider of Guidance Resources(SM) (including employee assistance programs,
 managed behavioral health, work-life, legal and financial services, personal
 convenience services and outsourced human resource administrative functions),
 announces strategies for addressing school violence.
     "We receive a significant amount of calls regarding violence in schools,
 especially when the topic hits the headlines," said Dr. Richard Chaifetz, CEO
 of ComPsych.  "Parents today are concerned about their children's safety at
 school."
     Kids are also troubled.  In fact, approximately 70 percent of students in
 a poll conducted by Scholastic say they don't feel safe at school.
     Parents can help prevent violence by encouraging their child to confide in
 them if a classmate appears troubled.  "Let your kids know that the best way
 to help a schoolmate who's bullying or being bullied, acting threateningly,
 obsessed with weapons, maintaining a hate-based Web site, or involved in
 serious substance abuse is to tell an adult.  Stress that keeping secrets
 about this type of behavior puts everyone at risk," Chaifetz said.
     Also, encourage your children's school to support violence prevention
 tactics that go beyond building self-esteem and installing traditional
 security measures.  Promote programs that emphasize mediation, peer support,
 and non-violent problem solving.  Chaifetz said programs that simply increase
 self-esteem aren't effective unless they're associated with increasing
 students' skills, communication and problem resolution.
     Parents also need to be cognizant of their own child's abnormal behavior.
 "Falling grades, moodiness or losing interest in sports or hobbies, can all be
 signs that your child could be depressed.  Get them treatment for the problem
 before it becomes more serious," said Chaifetz.
 
     About ComPsych
     Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Chicago, ComPsych provides its
 programs to over 500 companies throughout 70 countries worldwide, covering
 more than six million individuals.  Clients range from the Fortune 500, such
 as American Express, Schlumberger, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and
 Comcast, to smaller public and private concerns, such as Dean Foods, Krispy
 Kreme, Mervyn's, and Tiffany & Company, as well as government entities, health
 plans and Taft-Hartley groups.  The company offers a full range of behavioral
 health and work-life services, creating build-to-suit programs, which help
 employers attract and retain employees as well as improve employee
 productivity and performance.  For more information, visit www.compsych.com .
 
 

SOURCE ComPsych Corporation
    CHICAGO, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ComPsych Corporation, the world's largest
 provider of Guidance Resources(SM) (including employee assistance programs,
 managed behavioral health, work-life, legal and financial services, personal
 convenience services and outsourced human resource administrative functions),
 announces strategies for addressing school violence.
     "We receive a significant amount of calls regarding violence in schools,
 especially when the topic hits the headlines," said Dr. Richard Chaifetz, CEO
 of ComPsych.  "Parents today are concerned about their children's safety at
 school."
     Kids are also troubled.  In fact, approximately 70 percent of students in
 a poll conducted by Scholastic say they don't feel safe at school.
     Parents can help prevent violence by encouraging their child to confide in
 them if a classmate appears troubled.  "Let your kids know that the best way
 to help a schoolmate who's bullying or being bullied, acting threateningly,
 obsessed with weapons, maintaining a hate-based Web site, or involved in
 serious substance abuse is to tell an adult.  Stress that keeping secrets
 about this type of behavior puts everyone at risk," Chaifetz said.
     Also, encourage your children's school to support violence prevention
 tactics that go beyond building self-esteem and installing traditional
 security measures.  Promote programs that emphasize mediation, peer support,
 and non-violent problem solving.  Chaifetz said programs that simply increase
 self-esteem aren't effective unless they're associated with increasing
 students' skills, communication and problem resolution.
     Parents also need to be cognizant of their own child's abnormal behavior.
 "Falling grades, moodiness or losing interest in sports or hobbies, can all be
 signs that your child could be depressed.  Get them treatment for the problem
 before it becomes more serious," said Chaifetz.
 
     About ComPsych
     Founded in 1984 and headquartered in Chicago, ComPsych provides its
 programs to over 500 companies throughout 70 countries worldwide, covering
 more than six million individuals.  Clients range from the Fortune 500, such
 as American Express, Schlumberger, Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and
 Comcast, to smaller public and private concerns, such as Dean Foods, Krispy
 Kreme, Mervyn's, and Tiffany & Company, as well as government entities, health
 plans and Taft-Hartley groups.  The company offers a full range of behavioral
 health and work-life services, creating build-to-suit programs, which help
 employers attract and retain employees as well as improve employee
 productivity and performance.  For more information, visit www.compsych.com .
 
 SOURCE  ComPsych Corporation