VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND COMPASSION EDUCATION™ CURRICULUM PROGRAM
We're the nation's first proven-effective violence prevention program reaching youth and addressing issues of the heart to overcome abuse, bullying, and crime – with the assistance of rescued dogs whom no one else wanted. Eleven innovative lessons and a service project are implemented with 4th-12th graders in classroom or small group settings, empowering youth to rise above the actions of others and change things for themselves and those around them. Healing Species Violence Prevention has reached over 24,000 youth since our inception in 1999 at over 120 sites.
What is Compassion Education™?
Compassion Education™ builds a bridge between students' minds and hearts, helping them care about themselves and the world around them. The Healing Species Violence Prevention Program is designed for public and private schools, incarceration facilities, youth rehab programs, and other venues and is an in-depth and interactive approach to:
Each 45-minute lesson is delivered by professional, trained instructors with a temperament-tested rescued dog which lead students to discover and practice:
The key components for our success are our evidence-based Compassion Education™ curriculum and the RESCUED AND REHABILITATED DOGS who accompany trained instructors into the classroom and bring the program's lessons in responsibility, empathy, compassion, and empowerment to life!
The dog is a living example of overcoming one's past, and demonstrates that even the most wounded or voiceless among us is important and has something important to contribute.
Additionally, the dogs escalate student excitement, curiosity, and interest in the lesson materials and provide a hands-on opportunity for learning gentle leadership over bullying tactics to gain influence or power. Acting as a bridge between the often "closed-off" or hardened youth and the implementing instructors, these rescued canines demonstrate first-hand the ability to overcome hate with love, and offer value and contribution despite others' stereotypes or judgment.
The Healing Species Violence Prevention Program is an innovative approach to engaging youth with stories, exercises, videos, activities, and discussion centered around rescued animals. It is much more than traditional pet therapy!
Contact us with your interest in the Healing Species Violence Prevention program at your school, facility or other venue. The Founding Chapter serves South Carolina, with Satellite Chapters serving students in other states and countries. Check out our Satellite Chapters.
"The results speak for themselves – 11 of 16 students have not had any other referrals to the system at all. Fantastic program, highly recommended."Laura A. McCann
"I have seen a decrease in misbehavior in my students."Kim DeReef, Teacher