Term Bullying Counseling
Code RP-1400.8000-120
Definition Programs that provide individual and group counseling and other forms of treatment for individuals (often children) who are experiencing or affected by bullying and/or for those who bully others. Victims of bullying may need help with difficult emotions such as anger, shame, anxiety and isolation. Therapy can offer support and coping strategies to help victims of bullying process painful feelings, which left unattended can negatively impact a person's self esteem and general well-being, and in some cases can result in self-harm or suicide. Counseling for those who bully generally focuses on helping them understand the impact their hurtful behavior has on others, explore reasons for why they bully, learn new skills for communicating positively with others, and address personal experiences that may contribute to their bullying behavior. Bullying can be defined as intentional, repeated, hurtful acts such as name-calling, threatening or shunning inflicted by one or more persons whose power may come from physical strength, age, financial status, popularity, social status or by association (the people they know, who their family is). Harmful bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or postings on the Internet; and while most frequently occurring at school, can also happen in the workplace or other settings.
Created 7/23/15
Changed 7/23/15
Use References Bullying Therapy
See Also References Bullying Helplines (RP-1500.1400-100)
Bullying Prevention (FN-1500.1000)
Bullying Support Groups (PN-8100.1100)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW
Counseling (NTE F60)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (USA MH-500)
Personal Safety (ACH E-01)
Specialized Counseling (NPC F06)
Related Concepts
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Bullying", GoodTherapy.org, http://www.goodtherapy.org/therapy-for-bullying.html

"Bullying in Schools: Fighting the Bully Battle", National School Safety Center, https://docs.google.com/a/211la.org/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=c2Nob29sc2FmZXR5LnVzfG5zc2N8Z3g6MTQxNWFjMDkwMmIyNWRkMg

"Bullying Prevention", Virginia Rules, http://crim-justice-ii--2-p67-yr.battlefieldhs.schools.pwcs.edu/modules/locker/files/get_group_file.phtml?gid=2829095&fid=13553338&sessionid=726a1738b637c0ba6c2513348580077b

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