Consultation in Bullying Prevention: An Elementary School Case Study
This manuscript outlines a consultation with a public elementary school that was aimed at assessing and strengthening the school’s anti-bullying programs. We gathered consultation data through interviews and observations and also reviewed existing program evaluation data. We evaluated these data in light of current research on bullying prevention to identify the school’s strengths in addressing bullying and to develop recommendations to fill any gaps in its anti-bullying efforts. An overarching strength of the school’s model was its integration of a bullying prevention program within an existing behavioral management system. Our suggestions to the school span multiple levels of bullying prevention, including assessment, implementation, and specific programming. This manuscript highlights the role for professional consultants in collaborating with school communities in the prevention of bullying and provides a model for this consultation process.
School Community Journal, 2015, Vol. 25, No. 2, 85-112.