Chuck Saufler received a M.Ed. from Northeastern University in Community Mental Health in 1979. Since that time he has worked in private practice and with youth focused organizations and schools. He has been a guidance counselor and staff trainer in Maine since 1989 and has been active in the Communities for Children statewide initiative. As co-coordinator of the Maine Project Against Bullying he coordinated a statewide bullying survey and has provided initial bullying prevention training for over 300 schools and communities. He is co-developer of CLIMBERS, a proactive program for teaching social skills and improving school climate. CLIMBERS was selected as 1997 "Program of the Year" by Maine ASCD.
A member of the Governor's Task Force on Safe Schools and Communities, he co-authored the summary report for presentation to the Maine State Legislature. He served as a member of the Critical Review Team for the Career Development Strand of the Maine Learning Results. He is the recipient of the 1999 Governor's Medal for outstanding service to education and prevention of substance abuse. He is currently the lead trainer for bullying education at the Maine Law and Civics Education Program, University of Maine School of Law. He is a nationally certified trainer for The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a "Blueprints for Violence Prevention" program. He is a founding member of the International Bullying Prevention Association.
In 2006, as a member of the Climate Design Team of the Maine Children's Cabinet, he authored the school climate chapter of the Maine's Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention guide for schools and communities. The focus of his career has been developing safer schools and communities. He is drawn to this work by a firm belief that community building, prevention and early intervention are our best hope of creating a civil society for future generations.
Mr. Saufler is a charter member of the International Bullying Prevention Association (www.stopbullyingworld.com).