• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
  • Roberta Heydenberk EdD
  • Warren Heydenberk, EdD
Peer Reviewer(s): Patricia Agatston, PhD, LPC
Item#: N1521
Contents: 1 Course Book (39 pages)

Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: From Prevalence to Prevention

Price $19.95
Item # N1521
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.

This continuing education course for nurses examines the effects of bullying on victims, bullies, and bystanders. The impact on victims includes increased risks of suicide, homicidal ideation, self-injury, acute stress disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and violence. Bullies also experience negative consequences as a result of their aggression. 

This course provides an overview of bullying research and describes bullying in different settings. In school settings, repetitive humiliation, ostracism, and peer rejection cause serious problems, including depression and lowered self-esteem. Types of workplace bullying include threatening job security and marginalizing a victim’s involvement in work. Sexual bullying is a combination of direct physical bullying, relational aggression, and direct psychological bullying. Of particular relevance is “cyberbullying,” which occurs through e-mail and instant messaging, via social media sites and online gaming, or through videos and photos posted online or shared via mobile devices. Typical types of cyberbullying are described, including “flaming,” harassment, slander and denigration, cyberbully impersonation, “outing,” “cyberostracism,” and “happy slapping.” Risk factors for victimization include physical characteristics, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, being gifted, and having mental or physical health issues. To help nurses understand why bullying occurs, theoretical models such as attribution theory, dominance theory, and ecological theory are discussed. Individual, group, and ecological approaches to intervention are presented, as well as strategies for prevention. The course discusses the development of school anti-bullying policies and the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in counseling victims and bullies. 

Course Objectives
  • Define bullying and the types of bullying behaviors
  • Discuss the prevalence of bullying in schools and the workplace
  • Describe theoretical understandings of bullying behavior
  • Identify characteristics of victims and bystanders
  • Discuss short- and long-term impact of bullying on mental health
  • 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 PA. Roberta 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 her textbook.

Warren Heydenberk, EdD, is faculty emeritus at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA where he teaches conflict resolution and language arts classes within the College of Education. Warren has extensive experience in conflict resolution and bullying prevention programs.  His research in both areas has appeared in academic journals, magazine articles and in his textbook.
Patricia Agatston, PhD, LPC, is co-author with Robin Kowalski, PhD, and Susan Limber, PhD, of Cyber Bullying: 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 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.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • 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.