About the course
Course duration: Approximately 3 hours. You can take the course at your preferred time and your own pace.
Learning approach: Create your own learning journey by navigating the different activities.
How does it work? The course is 100% online.
Language: The course is available in English and Greek.
Certification: Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance from KMOP Education Hub and COFACE Families Europe.
Free: The course is free of charge and is developed on the open-source platform, Moodle, which is accessible based on registration.
Modules and training materials
The course is split into three modules consisting of various activities and organised into learning paths to help you keep track of your progress, and gradually guide you to achieve the course objectives. You can learn through multimedia material, interactive activities, and practical exercises that will keep you active and make the course engaging.
Bullying and its impact on communities
School bullying and violence is a worldwide worrisome phenomenon that occurs within a broad context, where it becomes very difficult for educators and pupils to control violent behaviour in school environments. Violence in educational settings is a daily reality that deprives millions of children and young people of their right to education and free expression of their identities without any discrimination. According to an estimation by Plan International, 246 million children and adolescents experience violence in and around school every year. Girls are disproportionately affected compared to boys, as well as those children who do not conform to prevailing societal norms. All children can be bullied, yet evidence shows that children who are perceived to be “different” in any way are more at risk. Key factors include physical appearance, ethnic, linguistic or cultural background, including not conforming to sexual and gender norms and stereotypes; social status and disability.
Develop your understanding of the dynamics of bullying and help your community
This first e-learning course focuses on school bullying prevention and management, providing effective skills for teachers mainly, but also for all professionals in any educational setting who work with children, adolescents, and their families. The training follows an interactive approach to ensure each thematic unit is fully understood and can be implemented successfully. You are going to receive clear and detailed instructions on how to apply all the methods and techniques you need to know, to gain the ability to deal with bullying behaviour, contribute to the development of a healthy school environment and consequently help children, families, and the wider society where we all live.
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
- Understand the characteristics of bullying behaviour and the types of bullying
- Describe the cycle of bullying and the social dynamics of the phenomenon
- Learn how to talk to children, victims of bullying and children who are engaged in bullying
- Explain the reasons why cyberbullying is different from other types of bullying
- Develop actions you can take to prevent bullying and create a positive school climate.
- Understand the significance of the taking a “whole school approach” to prevent and tackle bullying
Welcome: Meet your trainer
Included: 1 video (duration: 00:04:51 )
Module 1: School violence and bullying: Understanding the phenomenon
By completing this unit you will gain a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of bullying.
Part 1: Aggression and Violence
Part 2: What is bullying
Part 3: Cyberbullying
Part 4: The cycle of bullying
Part 5: Where bullying happens
Part 6: Factors associated with bullying
Part 7: Reactions to Bullying
Part 8: Signs of bullying
Part 9: Short- and long-term effects of bullying
Part 10: The big picture: What the statistics say about bullying
Included: 6 videos (duration: 00:25:52), 4 infographics, 1 interactive graph, 12 terminology cards, 3 texts, 1 quiz, bibliography and links to external resources
By completing this unit, you will gain an overview of the relation between prevention and intervention, understand the value of the whole school approach and become familiar with techniques that will help you to be effective in your prevention efforts.
Part 1:Introduction: The great corellation between prevention and intervention
Part 2: The whole-school approach
Part 3: The prevention of bullying
Part 4: What you can do as a teacher
Part 5: Helping pupils to become confident and assertive
Part 6: The active listening technique
Part 7: Three facilitating conditions for the teacher acting as a counsellor
Part 8: Preventing cyberbullying
Included: 1 video (duration: 00:03:05), 7 texts, 2 interactive infographics, 5 interactive cards, bibliography and links to external resources.
In this unit, you are going to receive clear and detailed instructions on how to apply all the methods and techniques you need to know, in order to gain the ability to deal with bullying behavior, contribute to the development of a healthy school environment and consequently help children, families and the wider society where we all live.
Part 1: Intervention: the time frame, the goal and strategies.
Part 2: Non-punitive versus punitive methods
Part 3: Communication with the child who suffers from bullying
Part 4: Communication with the child who engages in bullying: General Principles
Part 5: CommunicatIon with parents and other adults responsible for children’s upbringing
Part 6: The method of G.Robinson & Β.Maines (‘No Blame’)
Part 7: Case Study
Part 8: The method of A.Pikas (“The Common Concern Method”)
Part 9: Case study
Part 10: The three-step method
Included: 5 videos (duration: 00:34:92), 2 branching scenarios, 1 presentation, 3 texts, bibliography
Course completion: quiz
Who developed the course?
This course was developed based on the expertise of the KMOP Education Hub, by educational psychologists with many years of proven experience in the prevention and treatment of violent and intimidating behavior in children and young people. It is fully asynchronous and will take place within a Learning Management System called Moodle.
Meet your trainer : Dr. Antonia Torrens
Dr. Antonia Torrens is an educational psychologist, General Manager of KMOP (1998 – cont.) and Vice President of COFACE Families Europe. She is a graduate of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds an M.ED and Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. In 2004, she undertook at KMOP (Center for Social Action & Innovation) the establishment and operation of three housing structures and a day center for the mentally ill within the national program “Psychargos”. Dr. Torrens has an excellent knowledge of National and EU funded projects and is an experienced Project Director and Project Manager.She has supervised numerous projects at national and international level, both in the field of the physical object of the works, and in the production of educational tools that contribute to the better living of socially vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities, unemployed, victims of violence and trafficking, elderly, ethnic minorities and many others.
In 2015 she created and since then she runs the “Live Without Bullying” program, an innovative program aiming to prevent and deal with school and cyber bullying implemented and financed by KMOP. The program has so far assisted more than 30,000 children and teachers throughout Greece and it has signed memorandums of cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Sports and other public bodies. It has also been distinguished as a best practice by COFACE Families Europe and in October 2022 it was distinguished globally by the organization “Hundred” in Finland, as one of the 100 most important and innovative actions in the field of education.