Extension Associate Professor/Specialist, Youth & Family Education and Policy
Malcolm Smith is widely known as one of the nation's leading educators in the area of reducing incivility, meanness and bullying among young people. He is the Founder of the Courage to Care program, a nationally recognized program for improving school culture and climate in Middle Schools. Dr. Smith is also one of the key architects of New Hampshire's school safety law, that is considered to be one of the best bullying laws in the nation. In addition, Dr. Smith serves as specialist providing support, research, service and leadership to all Cooperative Extension Programs serving New Hampshire's young people and their families. He designs and implements programs to improve the quality of education, juvenile corrections, mental health services provided to youth in New Hampshire.
Malcolm is also an Extension Professor in the UNH Department of Education, where he teaches and conducts research in educational crisis intervention and prevention. He is also currently serving on the New Hampshire Legislative Task Force on Work and Family. Malcolm also writes a monthly column on work and family issues for the New Hampshire Business Review.
Dr. Smith has recently assisted in the founding of the Family Education Collaborative, a unique effort based in Manchester, which unites Cooperative Extension with the YWCA of Manchester, UNH Manchester, UNH Department of Family Studies and Family Support New Hampshire to make a meaningful contribution to family research and parent education.
Malcolm is the co-author and project director of the Courage to Care project - a school climate and culture curriculum designed to reduce bullying and peer victimization by increasing empathy, compassion and civility in young people. Smith's publication "Understanding Bullying" has been distributed widely across New England and the U.S. with over 150,000 in print.
Dr. Smith is a 2010 Graduate of Leadership New Hampshire. In 2011, he was awarded the University of New Hampshire Social Justice Award. Schools across the nation reguarly request Dr. Smith to consult with them on issues related to bullying prevention, crisis management, and on educating angry students.
In spite of giving his parents a really hard time, Malcolm has been caring for and about families for over 30 years. He is a former staff member of the renowned Menninger Foundation where he worked closely with his mentor, pioneering psychiatrist Karl Menninger, M.D., in developing education programs for adults serving abused, neglected, behaviorally challenged and adjudicated children. Malcolm also developed the Peaceful Intervention Program and Realistic Parenting, two training programs that have received national distribution. He has also responded to over 200 cases of youth violence in schools and communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a senior consultant to many organizations including the U.S. Army Family Advocacy program and the Center for School Safety.
Recent research led by Dr. Smith has included the Courage to Care Project, the NH Child Support Guidelines Economic Reivew study and the NH Work and Family Life Survey. Dr. Smith's landmark research on the use of physical restraint of children in juvenile facilities is in publication with the Journal of Child Welfare. His book, "The Peaceful Intervention Program" was adopted by over 13 states as an alternative to teaching physical restraint in youth service programs. In addition, Dr. Smith is currently writing a book entitled "The Meanest Generation: How we can stop our young people's civility and compassion crisis."
In his spare time, Malcolm loves playing old time music on clawhammer banjo and the mandolin and is a fixture at local music gatherings.
- Smith, M., (2013) A Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia of Divorce,(3 entries) Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications
Smith, M. (In Publication) John Bowlby, and Murray Bowen. Two entries in The Social History of the American Family. Thousand Oaks, CA., Sage (expected publication in April 2014)
Smith, M., Alleva, R., Frigon, J. Linehan, T., Collins, C. (2012) The Courage to Care: A Curriculum for Combating Bullying and Meanness. Durham, NH, University of NH Cooperative Extension
Smith,M, & Smith,K., (2011) New Hampshire Work and Family Life Survey, Concord, NH: NH Division of Economic Security
Smith, M., Kalinowski, M., & Baughman, R. (2009) New Hampshire Child Support Guidelines Review, Concord, NH. New Hampshire Division of Child Support, New Hampshire Dept of Health and Human Services
Smith, M. (2010) Understanding Bullying: A curriculum for parents, educators and professionals Durham, NH. UNH Cooperative Extension
Smith, M., Alleva, R., Linehan, T. Frigon, J. (2011) The Courage to Care: A curriculum to improve the culture and climate in Middle Schools, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and The Browne Center
Smith, M, & Zulauf, M. (2009) A Needs Assessment of Parenting and Family Communities in Manchester,NH (2008), Family Education Collaborative
Smith, M. (2010) Criminogenic Needs of Inmates in the Sullivan County Jail. Durham, NH, UNH Cooperative Extension.
Smith, M. (1999) True Stories from the Front Lines of our War on Violence. Storytelling 12(8) 13 -23
Smith, M. (1992) A tribute to Karl Menninger, The Journal of Youth Care Work, (6(3) 3-4
- Ph.D, Family Life Education and Consultation, Kansas State University M.ED, Experiential Education, Minnesota State University B.A., Communication Arts and Education, Washburn University
- Malcolm has presented workshops, trainings, classes, institutes and keynote addresses at over 1000 national, local and regional venues. He is a very popular educator among teachers, parents, students, and youth care professionals.
Director, the Courage to Care Program, (www.courage2care.net) University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Founder, The Family Education Collaborative, Manchester, NH
Former Founder and CEO, The Peaceful Intervention Program and Malcolm Smith Consulting (A national training and consulting company serving over 300 school districts and human service organizations nationwide) Clients included social welfare and educational programs in all 50 states and Canada as well as the U.S. Army Family Advocacy Program, The Center for School Safety, and The Attorney General's Office
Founder and Director: Oyster River Folk Concerts, Durham, NH
Former Director, The Karl Menninger National Youthcare Training Center at the Villages, Inc., Topeka, Kansas
Former Teacher, Southard School, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
Co-Founder, High Plains Public Radio, Garden City Kansas (serving Kansas, Texas, Colorado and Nebraska)
- National Council On Family Relations Certified Family Life Educator
Malcolm is also a commissioned Kentucky Colonel in good standing.
Certified Middle School Administrator and teacher, Kansas
Certified Crisis Counselor
Program Specialty Areas
- Parent Education
Family Policy and Advocacy
Anger and Violence in Children and Families
Peer Victimization and Bullying among children
- RORE: Reactive Outreach and Radical Engagement (2011)The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 5(12)
Understanding Bullying: A comprehensive curriculum for parents and professionals (2010)University of New Hampshire, Cooperative Extension (available at https://extension.unh.edu/4-H-Youth-Family/Understanding-Bullying )
(2009) The Restraint Spiral: Emergent Themes in the Perceptions of the Physical Restraint of Juveniles. The Journal of Child Welfare, 88(3):57-83.
Smith, M., & Jurich, T, (1998) The Realistic Parenting Program (1997) (4 Publications) Topeka, Ks. Department of Social Services, Division of Children and Families (over 500,00 in print) available at: http://www.kpirc.org/resources/about/malcolm-smith
Smith, M. (2001) The Peaceful Intervention Program; Caring Safely for Angry Children and Youth, Lawrence, KS. MSC Publications, Topeka Kansas, The Children's Alliance of Kansas (0ver 250,000 in print)
Smith, M. (1999) Meditations on the Art of Peaceful Intervention: Mindfulness While Caring for Angry Kids, Topeka, The Kansas Children's Alliance
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