Let’s Stop Bullying! Disablist Bullying Course Information

Let’s Stop Bullying! – Course Information

Disablist bullying (bullying because of a disability) is a growing problem, and its effects are damaging people’s life chances of ever living an ordinary life. This training course is the outcome of many years of sit down conversations with people with intellectual disabilities, their supporters and family members. It is driven by what past participants of the stop bullying workshops have said and expressed the need for in relation to continuing their knowledge and skills in dealing with bullies.

The course is aimed at persons with an intellectual disability coupled with a family member or direct support worker that has in interest in learning about bullying and how to stop it from happening. The overall aim of this course is to empower participants to take a leading role in interrupting the cycle of bullying for all those that have an intellectual disability.

By the end of this course each learning couple will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to influence change around the issue of bullying with their peers and fellow workers.

Upon completion of this course, the learning couple should be able to:

  • Define disablist bullying, state why it is a form of bullying, and promote its prevention;
  • Recognise cyberbullying and the many different ways it can happen;
  • Understand what relationship bullying is, and how it can manifest within environments that are restrictive;
  • Discuss the relationship between bullies, victims and bystanders, and come to realise that bullying is a group issue;
  • Demonstrate “what to do” and “how to deal with” bullying behaviors directed towards themselves and offer support to others;
  • Comprehend the importance of self-esteem and keeping mentally healthy;
  • Apply problem solving strategies to the many ways that we can help ourselves to work out our daily living relationship difficulties;
  • Act with confidence when exercising the right to make a complaint;
  • Access and refer to anti-bullying policies within support services and state how they should work for all involved.

The training days will be:

  • Driven by the lived, learned and felt experiences of our advisory group (people with intellectual disabilities)
  • Determined that people be aware and know of their right to be safe and not to be bullied
  • Motivated by the reality that if a person who has an intellectual disability feels bullied then it needs to be taken seriously and something needs to be done.

The program for the training days will consist of large and small groups interacting in a comfortable and safe environment. Each person will be encouraged to:

  • Listen actively
  • Engage in program activities
  • Think about what they say
  • Ask questions
  • Use LEGO® to build models that relate to the topic being taught.

Training tools used to illustrate key points and offer support to the process of the days will include role-play, group work sessions, open discussions, and visual aids such as DVD and PowerPoint. LEGO® Serious Play® will also be used to support imagination, creativity and to consolidate learning.

The course will be broken down into 8 day 4 1/4-hour sessions with a 45-minute break for lunch. Learning couples will be expected to present their new knowledge to a group that is made up of their learning peers at graduation ceremony held in December 2019.

More information about the Let’s Stop Bullying Course can be found in the course flier. The DisAbuse project is an international collaborative initiative tackling bullying in a disablist bullying setting, led by the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre in DCU, Ireland. More information about the DisAbuse project can be found on the DisAbuse Project Website or Facebook page.