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How ‘mean girls’ are made

Courtesy: "Finding Kind."

Sep 20, 2016

Dr. Audrey Ervin, a Delaware Valley University counseling psychology faculty member, appears in "Finding Kind," a documentary about girls and bullying. The film will be shown on campus in the University's Life Sciences Building auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge and guests do not need to register in advance. Teachers, counselors, parents, and teens are encouraged to attend.

"Empathy and respect for self and others should be a part of all adolescent socialization,” said Dr. Ervin. "Cruel words and actions can influence self-esteem and negatively impact students' ability to make the most of their experiences in school."

"Finding Kind" explores how girls are socialized to see each other as competitors instead of allies and highlights the hurtful consequences. The documentary follows two young women on a cross county road trip as they speak out against bullying. The two women work to empower girls to become allies in a world that tries to tear them down.

After the screening of the film, there will be a discussion about bullying. Dr. Jessica McCall, Dr. Tanya Casas, Dr. Matt Mutchler and Dr. Audrey Ervin will serve on a panel discussion after the film.

The event is being sponsored by: the Graduate Counseling Psychology Speaker Series and DelVal's chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Watch the "Finding Kind" trailer here.

Tickets: There is no charge to attend and reservations are not needed. The event is open to the public.

Directions: The University is located at 700 East Butler Avenue in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Parking is available in the lots C and A.  For special accommodations, please contact Kelly Bonomo at bonomokj7563@delval.edu  or 215.489.4384.