Dr. Alan Coulter Named to Bullying Prevention Task Force
LPA has named W. Alan Coulter, PhD to the Louisiana Bullying Awareness and Treatment Task Force.
Dr. Coulter is a licensed psychologist and the Chair of our School Psychology Committee for LPA.
Dr. Coulter is the Director of Program Area for the School of Allied Health Professions, Human Development Center, at LSU Health Sciences Center. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Child Advocacy Award from the National Association of School Psychologists. He has served as the President for the National Association of School Psychologists, among many other leadership roles.
The Bullying Awareness and Treatment Task Force was created by House Resolution No. 208 in the 2017 regular legislative session, and authored by Representative Barbara Norton.
HR 208 directs the purpose of the task force members to make a thorough study of bullying prevention strategies to develop a Louisiana Bullying Awareness and Treatment Plan which provides, at a minimum, recommendations regarding:
- Positive reforms to prevent bullying;
- Counseling and other treatment services for youths who are victims of bullying as well as youths who are involved in bullying
- Best practices for establishing a safe and healthy environment for all children to learn, grow, and develop.
HR 208 also directs task force members to consider a comprehensive statewide effort to fully identify and address problem areas; a change in the environment to effectively combat bullying behaviors; and a change in the norms for behavior from students, educators, parents and others to successfully address the problem.