Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

For Students Who Are Bullied

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

For Students Who Are Bullied

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For Students Who Are Bullied THE BULLYING WORKBOOK FOR TEENS: Activities to Help You Deal With Social Aggression and Cyberbullying By r. c. Lohmann & J. V. Taylor 2013, New Harbinger Publications

REVIEW BY SARA DOUGLAS

Bullying and cyberbullying are hot topics among the school psychology community. Because many students are susceptible to bullying, addressing these power imbalances is particularly salient for school psychologists. While many schools offer programming to prevent bullying, it is also important to have resources to help students who already have been bullied.

The Bullying Workbook for Teens seeks to empower teenagers to take an active role in mitigating the harm caused by bullying behaviors. The workbook is specifically written for teenagers who were previously, or are currently, victims of bullying. The workbook comprises 39 activities that help students consider their experiences, identify the thoughts and feelings associated with them, and learn ways to cope with the uncomfortable emotions they caused. Each activity is prefaced by psychoeducation about the corresponding topic. For example, the activity used to help students recognize their own positive traits is introduced by an explanation of the importance of self-confidence, as well as a story to help students understand how bullying can lead to self-deprecating feelings. The three-part structure of each activity (topic instruction, contextualized example, and activity) follows a logical structure to promote students' internalization of the concepts. …

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