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What is Bullying?
Bullying is a pattern of unwanted aggressive behaviors that are perpetrated within the confines of a relationship in which there is a perceived imbalance of power. Children who are exposed to bullying, whether they are the victim, the bully, or an observer are at an increased risk for multiple problems such as school refusal, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and thoughts of suicide.
What can we do about it?
The most effective interventions to combat bullying are ones that include primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies. One child can not stand up on his or her own and stop bullying from occurring, there must be a shift in the school community. Each child and adult must be empowered to work together to create a culture of respect. A place where each child can learn and utilize positive behaviors and become part of the solution and where adults model these positive behaviors and intervene immediately when bullying occurs. It is important for parents to work closely with the school and to engage in frequent communication with teachers. Doctors and nurses should screen for problems related to bullying in their office.
How can I learn more about this?
Dr. Lander Miller offers lectures and in-service presentations to schools, hospitals, community agencies, doctors, nurses, teachers, administrators, and parents. These lectures are modified to the needs of each audience, however, each presentation includes an introduction to an evidence based approach to how to define and respond to the problem of bullying.
If you are interested in learning more about our Bullying trainings, please contact Dr. Lander Miller at 973-660-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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