BULLYING AWARENESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAM
The Bullying Awareness and Prevention Program is a comprehensive anti-bullying and violence prevention program which has three components – the ‘FINDING MY VOICE Student Program', ‘Positive Schools Bullying Workshops for Teachers', and the ‘STOP BULLY! Positive Parents Bullying Workshops’ for parents and carers.
In the workshops, students, teachers and parents are provided the skills to understand, recognise and respond to bullying behaviour.
The Bullying Awareness and Prevention Program is an evidence-based, whole-of-school approach that scaffolds existing frameworks, school policies and the curriculum. It has been reviewed and endorsed by the national body BeYou and is listed in the Australian Programs Directory.
Each of the workshops can be delivered in schools, community organisations and sporting clubs.
The STOP BULLY! Positive Parents Bullying Workshops and Positive Schools Bullying Workshops for teachers are run throughout the year. Check back for announcements and the Facebook page.
Telephone (03) 9548 1666 for more information or submit an online enquiry.
It would be great to see you at a workshop!
FINDING MY VOICE - Student Program and Bullying Prevention Workshops
The FINDING MY VOICE - Student Program and Bullying Prevention Workshops involves eight sessions / workshops that focus on understanding bullying, developing skills to handle conflict peacefully and stand up to bullies, and ways of managing strong emotions. Schools can choose to deliver the program in its entirety or specific, standalone workshops. Students participate in a range of activities including discussions, written tasks, roleplays, mindfulness and physical exercises.
The following topics are covered:
• What is bullying?
• Bully, victim and bystander roles
• Respect, self-control and managing anger
• Nine ways to deal with bullying
• Friendship and loyalty
• Effective communication
• Managing strong emotions
The program and eight workshops target students in grades five and six because the research has consistently shown that this is the age group when bullying occurs most frequently, and gradually reduces over years seven and eight in high school. Also, from a cognitive perspective, it is at this age that students can understand, engage with and apply the content in a meaningful way. Issues such as friendships and peer pressure really come to the fore at this age and so it is timely to talk about relationships, pressure from others and bullying.
What about younger students?
There are workshops available for students in junior school. The key topics are bullying roles, friendships and nine strategies to deal with bullying. Workshops can be delivered as a once off or a series of workshops.
Positive Schools Bullying Workshops for Teachers
The Positive Schools Bullying Workshops for primary school teachers examine the psychological aspects of physical aggression, cyberbullying and social aggression which can culminate in serious violent incidents. Teachers will gain a greater understanding of the psychology of bullying and learn specific strategies to respond to challenging classroom situations, aggression and bullying-related behaviours that they can use in the classroom immediately. Teachers will discuss ways of teaching students to stand up to bullies and receive written resources. Teacher wellbeing is important and self-care will also be discussed. It is an opportunity to network with other teachers.
The Workshop is for teachers of all stages of development and experience and contributes 6.5 hours to the professional development requirements to maintain VIT registration. The workshop addresses the three domains and five of the standards listed in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: standards 1.1, 1.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4 and 7.3. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.
STOP BULLY! Positive Parents Bullying Workshops
The STOP BULLY! Positive Parents Bullying Workshops are for parents of primary school children who are concerned about bullying and would like a better understanding of bullying behaviours and learn some practical ways to teach their children to stand up to bullies and provide support at school and home. Using these strategies can also improve family relationships.