ST. LOUIS, MO – School counselors across the country are now better equipped to handle bullying prevention in their schools, thanks to a partnership from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the CyberBully Hotline.
The Bullying Prevention Specialist training program, which was created by ASCA and exclusively sponsored by the CyberBully Hotline, recently saw its first wave of graduates complete the training.
“The need for professional development on bullying prevention is great, as many school counselors are responsible for responding to student bullying complaints,” said Margaret Schatz, national marketing director at the CyberBully Hotline. “We’re happy to help counselors gain access to bullying prevention resources.”
Dozens of school counselors have completed the program, with many more expected to finish over the next few months. Thanks to a partnership with the CyberBully Hotline, the program was made available for free to ASCA members through June 30, 2014.
To finish the program, counselors must complete a series of readings and webinars on bullying prevention and develop a detailed curriculum action plan that outlines how they intend to accomplish their bullying prevention goals.
“We’ve heard from ASCA leaders that this program is the most successful professional development program they’ve ever offered,” said Ms. Schatz. “Considering how challenging it can be to respond to incidents of bullying and cyberbullying, that’s not a surprise.”
The CyberBully Hotline has put a number of professional development programs into play since its founding in March 2012. Its ongoing Professional Development Series offers a balanced slate of webinars, guides, and reports on bullying and other related issues, such as teen cutting and self-injury and teen depression. Renowned experts such as Barbara Coloroso, Stan Davis, and Dr. Elizabeth Englander have appeared in the series.
“The efforts of our organization alone have given thousands of school counselors access to professional development materials on bullying prevention,” said Ms. Schatz. “We’re proud to be a leading group in this field, and we look forward to giving even more school leaders opportunities to learn about bullying in their schools.”
About the CyberBully Hotline
The CyberBully Hotline is an award-winning anonymous bully reporting program that helps students report any issue. Schools and school districts from coast to coast have adopted implemented the CyberBully Hotline as a student tip line solution to collect student feedback on bullying, planned school violence, student mental health issues, and more. For more information on the CyberBully Hotline, please visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com.