Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: From Prevalence to Prevention, Updated 1st Edition - B4221


About Course #B4221

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

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. You will learn 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. Types of bullying that are specific to the work place such as threatening a victim's job security are area presented. To help learners understand why bullying occurs, theoretical models such as attribution theory, dominance theory, and ecological theory are discussed.

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 4 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

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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