Bullying is harmful not only for individuals, but it also negatively impacts the relationships among targets, peers, families, organizations, and the community. Effective responses to bullying need to address both its impacts and root causes, while also holding perpetrators of bullying meaningfully accountable for their actions. This workshop explores restorative processes that move beyond attitudes and responses to bullying that rely solely on isolation and punishment. Participants will develop the skills needed to put a stop to bullying behaviour, while also strengthening individuals and groups to prevent future harm.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • What is Bullying?
  • What Makes Cyberbullying Unique?
  • The Roots of Bullying
  • Principles of Bullying Prevention
  • Working with the Target
  • Long-Term Strategies for the Target
  • Accountability with Support
  • The Limitations of Punishment
  • Working with the Bully
  • When the Bully “Doesn’t Care”
  • Working with Bystanders
  • Working Towards Reconciliation

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for school personnel, social service professionals, and anyone looking for effective ways to respond to bullying.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate bullying from teasing and conflict
  • Articulate prominent theories of why bullying happens
  • Understand the role of shame in acts of aggression
  • Apply communication techniques for engaging youth involved in bullying
  • Identify strategies for working with resistant youth
  • Apply principles of restorative justice to intervention in bullying