Expert to Discuss “Why Good Kids Act Cruel”
Holocaust Museum Houston Hosts Two Community Events on Social Cruelty
HOUSTON, TX (Aug. 27, 2013) – Holocaust Museum Houston will host two public events this September focused on the prevalence of social cruelty in schools and communities at large and what can be done to end teasing, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up.Why Good Kids Act Cruel

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. author and psychologist Dr. Carl Pickhardt will discuss “Why Good Kids Act Cruel” in the Museum’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater, in the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District.

Pickhardt, an Austin resident, coined the term “social cruelty,” which is antisocial behavior that serves a social purpose. His work with adolescents has shown that bullying and other behaviors often exist in “good kids,” and that it is important to know why these behaviors are engaged.

His work is relevant to parents, teachers and community leaders who work to address issues of social cruelty. Pickhardt has advice for all those targeted and for those engaging in these behaviors.

Pickhardt’s work was influential in the creation of Holocaust Museum Houston’s “All Behaviors Count” program, which addresses taunting, exclusion, bullying, rumoring and ganging up. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University and earned his doctorate from The University of Texas in Austin. He is a member of the American and Texas psychological associations.

Pickhardt’s books include “Why Good Kids Act Cruel: The Hidden Truth about the Pre-Teen Years” (about social cruelty and what parents and schools can do), “Stop the Screaming” (about family conflict), “The Future of Your Only Child” (about growing up as an only) and many other parenting books.

He writes a weekly parenting blog for Psychology Today about adolescence. Tickets are $5 for HMH members and $8 for nonmembers, and seating is limited. To RSVP online, visit www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx. Students and seniors may pay $5 at the door.

Then, on Friday, Sept 13, the Museum will present “In a Community, All Behaviors Count: Implementing the ABC Program in Community Settings.” This half-day program, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 1 p.m., focuses on the Museum’s anti-bullying curriculum “All Behaviors Count.” Community leaders and others will learn how to implement this modular program.

The program examines the roles each of the five forms of social cruelty plays in both school life and in culture.

Broadening the scope to include other behaviors beyond bullying is significantly different than approaching bullying as a singular behavior. In addition to teaching about these negative behaviors, this program also focuses on teaching how to respond to social cruelty in positive ways. These social resiliency skills – both intra-and inter-personal – mean that participants in the program will be prepared to address issues of social cruelty directly.

In this session, participants will learn how to use examples from media and popular culture to widen the experiences they see and discuss. This program is appropriate for community program leaders who work with young people in grades K-12. The fee for this program is $20 per person, which includes workshop materials but not lunch. Registration is limited to 40 people, and must be received by Sept. 6, 2013. To register online, visit https://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx.

Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.

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