Banff XLVI: Preventing Bullying through Promoting Healthy Relationships
March 16 to 19, 2014


The 46th Banff International Conference on Behavioural Science will present practitioners, policymakers, educators, investigators, volunteers and others involved with children and youth with evidence-based knowledge and tools to prevent bullying by promoting healthy relationships.

Extensive Canadian and international research addresses the problems of bullying at school and in the community.  We now are adept at describing bullying, the complex peer dynamics involved, and the destructive impact of involvement in bullying on those who bully, those who are victimized and those who observe bullying. There also are well-developed Canadian programs with clear evidence that they work.

But some educators say bullying programs aren’t working in schools and some are not sure what they should do when they know children are being bullied and suffering health problems as a result of victimization. This is the case despite comprehensive legislation that provides clear direction for principals and teachers about the responses required with both the children who are victimized and those who bully.

At its core, bullying is a destructive relationship problem that requires relationship solutions. The healthy development of children depends primarily on the quality of relationships in which they grow up – at home, at school, with friends, in the neighbourhood, and in the electronic world. Cutting-edge research indicates quality of a child’s relationships shapes gene expression, DNA, brain architecture, brain functioning, behavior, emotions, health, and daily functioning. Simply put – without healthy relationships, children cannot develop in healthy ways.

Through promoting the development of children’s healthy relationships, it is possible to prevent bullying and promote wellbeing. Adults must help young people learn to maintain strong, healthy relationships so that they will be prepared to be the partners, parents, employees, and leaders of tomorrow.  Promoting healthy relationships must be viewed as a critical public health issue, important as healthy eating and healthy active living.

The Conference is organized by Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, a nonprofit organization and this conference is co-sponsored by PREVNet and the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence (Simon Fraser University).

Planning Committee
Robert J. McMahon (Co-Chair) Simon Fraser University; Child & Family Research Institute
Ray DeV. Peters (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Deb Pepler (Co-Chair) York University
Wendy Craig (Co-Chair) Queen’s University
Kenneth D. Craig University of British Columbia
Rob Santos Healthy Child Manitoba; University of Manitoba

Purpose of the Banff International Conferences
To provide a forum where researchers, practitioners and policy makers can interact to discuss contemporary practice and research. Our 46th conference is organized by the Banff International Conferences on Behavioural Science, a nonprofit organization.

Please note that our conference has been approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education credits. Attendance at each workshop will provide 3 CE credits.

The Banff Conferences have pioneered the ‘conference of colleagues’ format for professional and scientific meetings. Registration is limited and the program is designed for both formal and informal interactions among all participants. Plenary sessions and workshops are presented by individuals renowned for the excellence of their applied acumen or research. Conversation hours, poster session, banquet, cash bars, sightseeing expeditions, and cross-country and downhill ski trips provide the opportunity to interact with colleagues in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The Conference is held at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Centre provides a comfortable setting nestled in one of the most picturesque environments in North America, convenient to skiing and other forms of outdoor recreation.

The Banff Centre
For Conference Information:
Accommodations at The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff, Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5
tel: (403)762-6308
fax: (403)762-7502

Enjoying Banff
A great website answering all your questions and inspiring pleasurable activities is available at: www.banff.ca.

Explore it for winter activities (downhill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding and toboganning, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow-shoeing, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice diving (!), snowmobile tours) and adventures (back country ski and snowboard touring, helicopter and snowcat sking and snowboarding, waterfall ice climbing, heli-hiking, etc.)

Look at the Arts and Entertainment scene (dancing, live music at great pubs–Celtic, Maritime, piano bars, theatre and dance, art galleries, movies and cinema).

Check out the museum and heritage sites.

Explore the great opportunities for cuisine, spas, sightseeing, and shopping.

Lots of great family activities are detailed.


Questions or Comments?
Please direct any questions or comments regarding the website to Sam Fashler (sfashler@yorku.ca)

*** Note: Thanks to Tom Dempsey for permitting the use of his picture of Herbert Lake for the website. To check out more of his fabulous photography, go to http://www.photoseek.com

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