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Brandman University to host panel discussions on controlling bullying

October 22, 2015 by Margo Myers

Upcoming events invite experts, community leaders in Bremerton and Oak Harbor to start conversations on bullying prevention

With October designated as Bullying Prevention Month, two of Brandman University’s campuses in Washington State are leading panel discussions asking, “Can we control bullying in our society?” Dr. Will Gibson, who has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a full-time faculty member at Brandman University will lead the panel. Dr. Gibson serves on the Board of Directors for Bainbridge Youth Services, overseeing counseling services. He’s also served on the Seattle Safe Schools Alliance as chair of their intervention team, which focuses on bullying in schools.

“Bullying happens, whether on the playground or in the workplace,” said Dr. Gibson. “It’s up to us and our communities to have the conversations about recognizing it when it happens and what can be done to prevent and correct bullying behavior.”

The first of these community discussions is taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Avenue, Bremerton, Room BUS 200. Diane Metcalf, a former school principal in both elementary and secondary education who led anti-bullying training for three school districts, and Nicole Hayford, a sexual assault response coordinator for active duty military members and anti-harassment specialist, join Gibson on the panel.

A second panel discussion in Oak Harbor is being held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Skagit Valley College, 1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, in Oak Hall Room 306. Joining Dr. Gibson on the panel will be Doris Braun-Newkirk, the director of the Whidbey Island Homeless Coalition. She’s also the retired clinical director of Seattle Children’s Home, and has a long career in teaching, and working with homeless families. Nichole Kuykendall, a Brandman University Master of Arts psychology student, completes the panel.

School and community youth leaders, and human resource specialists are invited to attend the panel discussions about learning more about bullying prevention in our communities.

For more information or to RSVP to the Bremerton event, please contact Kristen Decker at For more information or to RSVP to the Oak Harbor event, please contact Jeanie Belcher at

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