Being a teenager is difficult enough without having to worry about bullying. If you have experienced bullying or cyberbullying, you aren’t alone. Bullying and cyberbullying are at an all-time high, and the effects of both can be tremendous for a young person who is already dealing with major school, life, and home stressors.
The Bullying Workbook for Teens incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help ease anxiety, fear, stress, and other emotions associated with being bullied. The workbook is made up of 42 step-by-step self-help activities designed to help you learn anti-bullying tips and strategies, manage emotions such as anxiety, fear, anger, and depression, and learn constructive communication skills to help you express your feelings.
With this workbook as your guide, you will also learn how to identify toxic friendships, how to build your own self-confidence, and importantly, how to ask for help when bullying gets out of control. The exercises in this book are designed to be useful in everyday situations, so that you gain helpful tools to help you combat bullying or cyberbullying in your life. Bullying can happen to anyone, but there is hope to make a change and stand up for yourself, once and for all.
If you are experiencing bullying, this book will offer sound psychological support to help you gain confidence in yourself and in your interactions with others. It is also a great resource for parents, educators, and counseling professionals.
About the Author
Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, MS, LPC, is a national board certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor. Lohmann has worked as a school counselor at the middle school and high school levels, and has helped hundreds of teens deal with feelings of frustration and anger. Raychelle has participated in extensive research on anger and specializes in individual and group counseling for anger management. She is the author of The Anger Workbook for Teens and Staying Cool...When You're Steaming Mad.
Julia V. Taylor, MA, is author of Perfectly You, G.I.R.L.S. (Girls in Real Life Situations), and Salvaging Sisterhood. She speaks nationally about relational aggression, body image, media literacy, and other teen topics. Taylor has experience working in middle and high school settings as a professional school counselor.
Foreword writer Haley Kilpatrick is the founder and executive director of Girl Talk, a national nonprofit organization through which high school girls mentor middle school girls to help deal with the trials and triumphs of the tween and early teen years. She is also the author of The Drama Years. She lives in Atlanta, GA.
Table of Contents
Activity 1 What Is Bullying? 1
Activity 2 Safety First 5
Activity 3 Ignore, Respond, or Tell 8
Activity 4 Asking For Help 12
Activity 5 Taking Steps Against Cyberbullying 15
Activity 6 Cyberbullying or Not? 19
Activity 7 Private Matters 23
Activity 8 Bullying or Drama? 26
Activity 9 Just Hit Delete 29
Activity 10 Alliances 32
Activity 11 Damage Control 36
Activity 12 Reducing the Stress of Online Attacks 41
Activity 13 Emergency Action Plan 45
Activity 14 Journaling 49
Activity 15 Code Blue Box 52
Activity 16 Special Places 55
Activity 17 Just Breathe 58
Activity 18 Exercise 61
Activity 19 Boosting Your Confidence 65
Activity 20 Clever Comebacks 68
Activity 21 Humor 72
Activity 22 In Control or Not? 77
Activity 23 Accepting Yourself 80
Activity 24 Faulty Thinking 83
Activity 25 Reframing Negative Thoughts 86
Activity 26 The Isolation Trap 90
Activity 27 Self-Defeating Speech 93
Activity 28 Depression 96
Activity 29 Expressing Anger 101
Activity 30 Irrational Fear 104
Activity 31 Anxiety 108
Activity 32 Empathy 113
Activity 33 Real Friendships 116
Activity 34 Toxic Friendships 119
Activity 35 Breaking Up with Friends 123
Activity 36 Self-Empowerment 127
Activity 37 Mentors Matter 130
Activity 38 Antibullying Organizations 134
Activity 39 Moving Forward 138
Raychelle C. Lohmann lives in Bluffton, South Carolina, and Julia V. Taylor lives in Hillsborogh, California.