The Beyond Bullying Program: An innovative program empowering teachers to counteract bullying in schools

Year: 2003

Author: Parada, Roberto, Marsh, Herbert, Craven, Rhonda

Type of paper: Refereed paper

As with other damaging behaviours, prevention for aggression and violence should begin as early as possible. Bullying may be one early indicator of a group of behaviours that contribute to the development of antisocial and/or aggressive behaviour patterns in late adolescence and adulthood. The 'Beyond Bullying Program' is an entirely new bullying management and prevention program. It has been developed at the SELF Research Centre, University of Western Sydney, Australia in collaboration with Westmead Hospital's Department of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry, and the Marist Education Centre, a psychoeducational and welfare unit for catholic schools in the Parramatta Diocese of Sydney. This novel anti-bullying program takes a multi-modal approach which, unlike previous interventions, not only highlights school climate but also stresses school and teacher empowerment by training school staff in specific techniques to enhance self-concept, create a positive school climate and manage bullying incidents. In this paper we review the rational for the key components of the intervention program, particularly concentrating on the Teacher Interaction Module.