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Bullying From Both Sides

Bullying From Both Sides
Strategic Interventions for Working With Bullies & Victims

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Foreword by Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence

October 2005 | 208 pages | Corwin

"A must-have resource for anyone dedicated to understanding and ending bullying in schools."
-Allan Morotti, Guidance and Counseling Program Chair
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

"Providing educators with a plan of action for how to identify and attack the problem of bullying, this may be the first book that includes the idea of working with and helping the bully along with the victim."
-Steve Hutton, Former Elementary School Principal
Villa Hills, KY

The ultimate guide to recognizing and reducing bullying behaviors in school!

Today's bullies and victims are far more complex than traditional labels of "thug" and "wimp" make them out to be. As a result, educators can't rely upon traditional methods to break the cycle of bullying. In response, this landmark new book challenges educators to work effectively with bullies as well as victims, and gives them the tools to do it.

Part One of Bullying From Both Sides offers concrete information to help educators understand and recognize the range of students at risk for victimization and aggression. Part Two provides counselors, administrators, and teachers with a four-point intervention plan that covers:

  • Surveying students to prevent school violence
  • Safeguarding victims
  • Determining when-and how- to contact parents
  • Handling female bullying and cyberbullying
  • Counseling for immediate and long-term support, and more!

With an annotated resource list of recommended books and videos, this invaluable resource will inspire and equip educators to prevent next week's crisis today. 

Foreword by Rosalind Wiseman, author of the bestselling book Queen Bees and Wannabes
Preface: Going Upstream
Part I. The Reality of Bullying, Bullies, and Victims
1. The Prevalence of Bullying
2. Definitions of Bullying and Teasing
3. Victims
4. Victimization and Retaliation
5. Bullies
Part II. Effective Intervention Strategies for Bullies and Victims: Parents and Schools as Partners
6. Strategic Intervention Point 1: The Best Intervention Is Prevention
7. Strategic Intervention Point 2: Safeguard the Victim
8. Strategic Intervention Point 3: Engage the Victim in Constructive and Supportive Interactions
9. Strategic Intervention Point 4: Engage the Bully in Constructive and Supportive Interactions
10. What Now? Taking Those First Steps
Recommended Resources

"This may be the first book that includes the idea of working with and helping the bully along with the victim. . . .  Detailed information provides educators with a plan of action about the problem of bullying. The passion of the author is evident."

Steve Hutton, former elementary school principal

"Clearly reflects considerable effort, knowledge, and expertise. . . . The author introduces many intervention strategies in a manner that is easily understood and can be generalized to many situations."

Diana Joyce
University of Florida

"The book's strengths are its step-wise tactics and strategies for counselors. Readers will respect the author's professional authority; I most certainly do."

Michael Auer
California State University, Northridge

"A must-have resource for anyone dedicated to understanding and ending bullying in schools."


Allan Morotti
Guidance and Counseling Program Chair, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

"The conventional adult wisdom about bullying—ignore it and it will go away—is faulty advice that sends a dangerous message to children. Roberts's book provides a very useful resource for school counselors who wish to counter that dangerous message in strategic, workable ways."

Counseling Today, October 2006
Key features
  • Details the roles of K-12 school support personnel, adminstrators, and teachers in working with both bullies and victims
  • Offers in-depth coverage of victimization due to socioeconomic status, special needs, and sexual orientation (whether actual or perceived)
  • Addresses cyberbulling and female-to-female bullying
  • Supplies realistic sample dialogues between interventionists and bullies, as well as interventionsts and victims
  • Provides a detailed, step-by-step 4-point strategic intervention plan that offers both immediate and long-term support strategies for helping bullies and victims

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