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School Children that Bully and Bully Victims: Preventing Harm and "Bullycide" Through Psychological Theory, Assessment, and Intervention

by Kathleen Holland, PsyD 3 CE Credits

Recent tragic events have brought bullying to the forefront, especially cyber bullying. With the rise of school-based violence and/or student suicide, which bullying has been associated with, it is no surprise that there is a national focus on bullying in order to understand and prevent it. Specifically, The White House Conference on Bullying in 2013 led to the development of resources for victims, school-based interventions, relevant research and the formation of a multi-multidisciplinary approach to reduce bullying and its harmful trajectory. Sociological, ecological and psychological variables that increase the risk of bullying and victim behaviors are complex, but we are beginning to have a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms that drive and maintain this behavior. This online CE course for mental health professionals focuses on school-based bullying, its prevalence, the types of bullying, the long-term effects on bullies and victims, evidence-based predictors for bullying and/or victim behaviors, as well as clinical interventions and prevention programs for use with children on either side of this unfortunate equation. 


Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Bullying: The Paradigm Shift from “Normal” Behavior to Pathology
  • Risk Factors Across the Bullying Spectrum
  • Assessment of Bullying in the School Context
  • School-wide Anti-bullying Interventions
  • The Role of the Mental Health Professional
  • Legal Status of Bullying
  • Web-based Resources
  • References


Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Identify 6 common forms of bullying and the prevalence of bullying among school-age children.
  • Discuss 4 primary areas of empirical focus (e.g., bully characteristics, victim and bully-victim characteristics, social context, influential others) and recognize the impact of bullying on those involved.
  • Identify 10 evidence-based measures used in the bullying context at the school-wide and individual level.
  • Recognize the core elements of 2 widely used school-wide anti-bullying programs and the recommended role of the mental health professional in this arena, including the current legal safeguards and remedies within this context.