Psychology: Bullies, Victims, and Bystanders: From Prevalence to Prevention, Updated 1st Edition

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Bullying presents a danger to the bully, the victim, and bystanders. The impact of bullying on victims includes significantly increased risks of suicide, homicidal ideation, self-injury, depression, acute stress disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and violence. Bystanders experience negative effects from witnessing bullying and bullies are also impacted psychologically by their own aggression.

This basic-level course provides an overview of current bullying research, including its prevalence and impact in schools and work places and its effects on victims, bystanders, and bullies. You will learn the types of bullying a victim may experience including direct and indirect bullying in the forms of verbal and physical aggression, cyberbullying, sexual bullying, and relational aggression. Types of bullying that are specific to the work place such as threatening a victim's job security are area presented. To help learners understand why bullying occurs, theoretical models such as attribution theory, dominance theory, and ecological theory are discussed.

Social Workers completing this course receive 4 clinical social work continuing education credits.. 

Psychologists will receive 4 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Define bullying and the types of bullying behaviors.
  • Describe the prevalence of bullying in schools and the workplace.
  • Describe theoretical understandings of bullying behavior.
  • Identify the characteristics of victims and bystanders.
  • Explain the short- and long-term effects of bullying on the mental health and well-being of victims, bystanders, and bullies.
  • Describe effective prevention and intervention strategies to address bullying.


Roberta Heydenberk, EdD, teaches conflict resolution and guides independent research studies as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Dr. Heydenberk, who earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Lehigh University, has extensive experience in the areas of conflict resolution, bullying prevention program design, and multicultural education. She has conducted bullying and conflict resolution research for 18 years in wide-ranging settings and age groups, and has received awards for her initiatives in these areas.

Warren Heydenberk, EdD is faculty emeritus at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he teaches conflict resolution and language arts classes within the College of Education. He received a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Dr. Heydenberk has extensive experience in conflict resolution and bullying prevention programs. 

M. Lys Hunt, LICSW, MSW received her master’s degree in social work in 1999 from the Boston University School of Social Work. She specializes in providing child and adolescent and family therapies.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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