Empowering Teen Peers to Prevent Bullying

The Bully Busters Program for High School
Program Book
Pages: 194
ISBN: 9780878226641
Item Number: 5613

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In this schoolwide program, older students undergo intensive bully-prevention training to enable them to become peer leaders of lively and informative small-group sessions for younger students.

Through group participation, younger students learn important relationship skills and have the opportunity to share their concerns about communication, relational aggression, dating issues, cyberbullying, acceptance, and other challenges. Both older and younger students benefit by building cross-age connections, breaking up cliques, and fostering tolerance of individual differences.

  • Part 1: Program Content and Implementation provides a thorough overview and discussion of program principles, offers guidance for organizing and getting started, and discusses program evaluation.
  • Part 2: Peer Leader Selection and Training includes suggestions for peer leader selection and details procedures for 12 training modules, plus team-building activities to help prospective peer leaders develop group cohesion.
  • Part 3: Facilitator’s Overview of the Peer Leader Guide provides background, commentary, and suggestions for helping peer leaders be good role models and conduct the group activities described in the Peer Leader Guide.

While all reproducibles are available as a download for this title, some books will also contain a CD. The CD provides a complete copy of the Peer Leader Guide, plus additional forms, handouts, and all other materials required to run the program.

Book Review

Empowering Teen Peers to Prevent Bullying is a great resource for anyone who wishes to begin a bullying prevention program for high school students. The Peer Leader Guide, sold separately, is equally useful… This program combines four strategies that are geared specifically to teens: connecting with older peer mentors, working in groups, increasing connectedness, and teaching social and emotional skills… This book is recommended for any social worker who wants to enhance student connectedness, social/emotional skills, and/or leadership skills.”

—Stacey Grenz, MSSW, LICSW, School Social Work Journal


Part 1: Program Content and Implementation

Chapter 1: Overview and Discussion of Program Principles
Chapter 2: Organizing the Program and Getting Started
Chapter 3: Evaluating the Program

Part 2: Peer Leader Selection and Training

Peer Leader Characteristics
Peer Leader Selection
Peer Leader Training Format
Peer Leader Training Curriculum and Agenda
Peer Leader Training Modules
Introduction and Foundational Knowledge

  • Module 1: Forming Teams
  • Module 2: Overview of Program Concepts and Process
  • Module 3: Characteristics of a Peer Leader
  • Module 4: Peer Leader Code of Ethics
  • Module 5: Exceptions to Confidentiality—When to Refer
  • Module 6: Group Inclusion/Exclusion—Lifeboat Activity
Peer Leadership Skills

  • Module 7: Basics of Communication
  • Module 8: Open-Ended Versus Closed Questions
  • Module 9: Micro-Skills
  • Module 10: Group Development Theory
  • Module 11: Group Facilitation Techniques
  • Module 12: Group Facilitation Practice
Team-Building Activities

  • Team Challenge 1: Inner Tube
  • Team Challenge 2: Target Frisbee
  • Team Challenge 3: Twittering Machine
  • Team Challenge 4: Pop Quiz

Part 3: Facilitator Overview of the Peer Leader Guide

The Peer Leader Guide is available as a separate manual from Research Press.
The CD at the back of this book provides a reproducible version of the guide and
includes additional forms, handouts, and other materials required to run the

Session 1: Getting Started
Session 2: Building Connections and Community
Session 3: Trust
Session 4: Empathy
Session 5: Listening and Communication Skills
Session 6: Internal Influences on Choices
Session 7: External Influences on Choices
Session 8: Conflict Resolution
Session 9: Healthy Relationships
Session 10: Relational Aggression
Session 11: Verbal Aggression
Session 12: Physical Aggression
Session 13: Cyberbullying
Session 14: Cliques
Session 15: Dating and Relationship Issues
Session 16: Intolerance and Harassment
Session 17: Wrapping Up
Session 18: Saying Goodbye

The following video provides insights into training sessions for high school students enrolled in a teen mentoring program.

Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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