Friday, 16 November 2012
A bullying prevention project led by ECU’s Professor Donna Cross has been awarded $620,000 by the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
This four-year project will involve the implementation of a whole-school program to prevent bullying behaviour in Australian schools, as well as a targeted counselling intervention designed specifically for young people who bully others.
This targeted intervention draws on Motivational Interviewing, a counselling technique which will be used to motivate and assist young people who bully others to understand and change their behaviour.
Secondary school teachers, psychologists and pastoral care staff in Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland will be trained and supported to implement and use the program in order to reduce the prevalence of bullying and associated mental health problems.
Professor Cross will work with co-investigators Professor Marilyn Campbell (Queensland University of Technology), Professor Phillip Slee (University of South Australia), Professor Ken Resnicow (University of Michigan), Professor Christina Salmivalli (University of Turku, Finland) and Associate Professor Stacey Waters (Edith Cowan University), to implement and evaluate the intervention during 2013-2016.