Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: From Prevalence to Prevention, Updated 1st Ed. - C6516


About Course #C6516

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, and other risks. 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.

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,

Warren Heydenberk, EdD

M. Lys Hunt, LICSW, MSW

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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