School Issues

What is it

In my opinion, anything that impacts the performance and wellbeing of a student in school can be considered a school based issue, however, not all school based issues originate in a school, hence, the school community may need to access support from outside agencies address the ‘school issue” in question. One such issue is “bullying.

What it includes

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools defines bullying as…  an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Online bullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies, e.g. the internet or mobile devices. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflicts or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. In short, bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships involving a pattern of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour.

What we do

Here are some strategies parents can discuss with children and teens, which may help, improve their situations:

1.Avoid the bully if possible and stay with friends who can have your back, why cause a fuss when you can avoid it?
2.Walk away, and ignore the bully, as many bullies thrive on attention and the negative reactions they cause others 
3.Tell an adult, the bully may call you a ‘snitch’, but this is better than the alternative
4.Talk about it with someone, do not bottle your own anger up
5.Practice assertiveness:
(a)I don’t like: ____________________ (specific behaviour the child does not like)
(b)It make me feel: _________________ (sad, angry etc)
(c)Can you please: _________________ (tell the bully how you would like them to behave instead)

Our Practitioners

Bernadette Sharry

"Associate Psychologist (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

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Dr Bronwyn Massavelli

"Senior Clinical Psychologist"

Dr Bronwyn Massavelli, Clinical Psychologist B.Psych Sc (Hons 1), M.Clin Psych, PhD (Psychology). MAPS, MCCLIN, MPAIG, MPAWS Dr Bronwyn Massavelli is a registered Clinical Psychologist and provider wi...

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Jasmin Singh, Counselling Endorsed Psychologist

"NDIS Approved Provider, Developmental Assessment (Special Interest in Child & Family)"

Jasmin has completed six years of study at the University of Queensland to attain her registration as a psychologist. She has worked in private practice and in mobile service settings. She presented h...

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