Special Areas of Practice – Bullying

Week 10: Special Areas of Practice – Bullying
There are many different forms of bullying. Each type negatively impacts all involved. Social workers are often called on to provide counseling to victims and perpetrators, make presentations about bullying to raise community awareness, and develop programs to prevent bullying.

This week, you explore bullying through a variety of lenses and evaluate different approaches to bullying intervention.

Learning Objectives
Students will:
Identify the definitions, forms, and impact of bullying
Apply intervention approaches to forms of bullying
Evaluate an agency’s approach to trauma-informed services
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Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Required Readings
Webb, N. B. (2011). Social work practice with children (3rd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Chapter 15, “The Interpersonal Violence of Bullying: Impact on Victims, Perpetrators, and Bystanders/Witnesses”
Garcia Biggs, M. J., Simpson, C., & Gaus, M. D. (2010). Using a team approach to address bullying of students with Asperger’s syndrome in activity-based settings. Children & Schools, 32(3), 135–142.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Nordahl, J., Beran, T. N., & Dittrick, C. J. (2013). Psychological impact of cyber-bullying: Implications for school counsellors. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(3), 383–402. Retrieved from http://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/cjc/index.php/rcc/article/view/2665
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Discussion: Bullies at School
One of the most frequent places where children experience bullying is at school. Being different often makes someone an easy target for bullies. Choosing the best course of action to prevent or stop bullying is not always obvious.

In this Discussion, you determine how to intervene most effectively and describe the specific steps you would take to stop bullying at school.

To prepare: Imagine you are a school social worker in an elementary school, and you become aware that there are some “cliques” or “gangs” of fourth or fifth graders that routinely pick on their peers who do well in their schoolwork.

By Day 3
Post:

Identify the signs and characteristics you might observe that would indicate the above scenario is bullying.
Explain how you would respond. Include what steps or intervention strategies you would take.
By Day 5
Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ posts who identified different strategies.