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  • Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Roberta Heydenberk, EdD 
  • Warren Heydenberk, EdD
  • M. Lys Hunt, MSW, LICSW (Revision Author)
Peer Reviewer(s): Patricia Agatston, PhD, LPC
Item#: C6516
Contents: 1 Course Book (62 pages)

Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: From Prevalence to Prevention, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # C6516
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Bullying presents a danger to the bully, the victim, and bystanders. The impact of bullying on victims includes significantly increased risks of suicide, homicidal ideation, self-injury, depression, acute stress disorder, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and violence. Bystanders experience negative effects from witnessing bullying, and bullies are also impacted psychologically by their own aggression. 

This basic-level course provides an overview of current bullying research, including its prevalence and impact in schools and work places and its effects on victims, bystanders, and bullies. The course defines the types of bullying a victim may experience including direct and indirect bullying in the forms of verbal and physical aggression, cyberbullying, sexual bullying, and relational aggression (humiliation, ostracism, and peer rejection). The course also describes types of bullying that are specific to the work place such as threatening a victim’s job security. To help learners understand why bullying occurs, theoretical models such as attribution theory, dominance theory, and ecological theory are discussed.

The social and psychological consequences of bullying are profound and certain groups of people are at greater risk for victimization in schools and work settings. The course describes the common characteristics of victims so that clinicians are better able to assess for victimization and intervene appropriately. The course outlines the risk factors for victimization including an individual's physical characteristics, sexual orientation and gender expression, socioeconomic status, as well as an individual being gifted or having mental or physical health issues.

The course provides specific individual, group, and ecological approaches to intervention and strategies for prevention. Because early, effective intervention is essential for protecting victims, bystanders, and bullies from the short and long term consequences of bullying behavior, the course provides important practical information on prevention and intervention. The course discusses the development of school and workplace anti-bullying policies, directions for intervening when bullying is occurring, and the counseling of victims and bullies. A resources list and case example are provided.

Course Objectives

  • Define bullying and the types of bullying behaviors.
  • Describe the prevalence of bullying in schools and the workplace.
  • Describe theoretical understandings of bullying behavior.
  • Identify the characteristics of victims and bystanders.
  • Explain the short- and long-term effects of bullying on the mental health and well-being of victims, bystanders, and bullies.
  • Describe effective prevention and intervention strategies to address bullying.


Roberta Heydenberk, EdD, teaches conflict resolution and guides independent research studies as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Heydenberk, who earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Lehigh University, has extensive experience in the areas of conflict resolution, bullying prevention program design, and multicultural education. She has conducted bullying and conflict resolution research for 18 years in wide-ranging settings and age groups, and has received awards for her initiatives in these areas. Her research, which has been presented at more than 30 national and international conferences, has also appeared in peer-reviewed journals, magazine articles, and in the textbook, A Powerful Peace: The Integrative Thinking Classroom (2000), which she co-authored with Warren Heydenberk.

Warren Heydenberk, EdD, is faculty emeritus at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he teaches conflict resolution and language arts classes within the College of Education. He received a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Dr. Heydenberk has extensive experience in conflict resolution and bullying prevention programs. His research in both areas has appeared in academic journals, magazine articles, and in the textbook he co-authored with Roberta Heydenberk. Dr. Heydenberk has taught in elementary, secondary, alternative, and higher education and has served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.


M. Lys Hunt, LICSW, MSW, received her master’s degree in social work in 1999 from the Boston University School of Social Work. She specializes in providing child and adolescent and family therapies. Ms. Hunt has served as a senior clinician on the Arbour Family Team, as a social work fellow in the department of psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard University), and as a clinical supervisor for mental health, intervention, and prevention programs in the Boston area office of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). Licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Ms. Hunt maintains a private psychotherapy and consultation practice and serves as the behavioral health planner for Western Schools.

Patricia Agatston, PhD, LPC, is co-author, with Robin Kowalski, PhD, and Susan Limber, PhD, of Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age, Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Grades 6-12, and the Cyber Bullying Prevention Curriculum for Grades 3-5. Dr. Agatston earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and a doctorate in clinical psychology at The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and has presented nationally and internationally on cyberbullying. Dr. Agatston is a licensed professional counselor and prevention specialist with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia. She serves on the board of directors for the International Bullying Prevention Association.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above. 
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.