On January 15th many in our community came together around the topic of bullying. We wanted to share the resources and contact information mentioned at this event. All of our panelists are happy to be ongoing resources for you and would welcome your messages.
One of the common themes throughout the evening was relationships. While strong relationships will not always prevent bullying they do provide the opportunity to address bullying. Taking time each day with your children/teens will create a foundation that will allow them to come to you when they need help.
Bullying is a series of traumatic events in the life of an individual. We as helping adults need to address it as trauma. We know that a trusted caring relationship can reverse the negative impacts of trauma.
Heather Hobart shared that it’s not always helpful or appropriate to have the youth that is being bullied face their bully. This is a harmful practice that in many cases causes more trauma. Much restorative work needs to be done before this can be a helpful interaction, and in some cases, it is never appropriate. Click here to download the Lamoille Restorative Center handout on restorative practices.
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Children and Youth Field Services Director, LCMHS
Clinical Coordinator /School Based Clinician Supervisor, LCMHS
Superintendent, Lamoille North District Schools
Executive Director, Lamoille Restorative Center
Facilities Manager, Craftsbury Academy
Member of Standing Committee, Parent/Child Rep. Lamoille County with Vermont Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Coordinator, Healthy Lamoille Valley