Prevention Through Perspectives
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Prevention through Perspectives is a nine-week program that includes 15-20 minute weekly classroom activities for each key component of combating bullying. The nine core themes include emotional understanding (perspective taking), compassion, kindness, self-esteem, value, coping skills, self-control, stress/anxiety relief, and socialization. This program may be used with children who have already been observed bullying a child with or without special needs, but it is purposefully structured for use with children who the professional using the program may deem at risk for bullying. This interactive program, designed most specifically for counselors, can most beneficially be used to help teach a bully, in a one-on-one setting, the consequences of their actions by what perspective and feelings the victim may be suffering from as a result of the bullying. Although designed for optimal use in an individualized setting, this may also be used as a classroom activity involving inclusion classrooms and general education classrooms for use of educational purposes in perspective taking on children who may look and act different than the typical population.