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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. 


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.


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.