Numerous books have been written about bullying, but most of them only deal with external interventions—those that suggest teaching students more appropriate social skills. Here, Gary Plaford examines internal interventions; external interventions; monitoring and controlling bullying behaviors; issues related to students-the bullies, victims, and bystanders; the latest research on the brain and emotional intelligence; managing emotional triggers; building connections; and creating an outward focus.
Bullying and the Brain also includes a study guide to help teachers and administrators plan the necessary steps to address bullying problems at school and worksheets to assist in interventions. This book will be of interest to parents and educators of students from elementary to high school.
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"The issues raised by Platford are worth considering and, therefore, I recommend this book."—Teachers College Record
"Gary Plaford's book provides practical information about one of the most serious and prevalent problems in our schools, bullying. Not only does it provide detailed information about brain research relating to bullying, it looks at the problem from a systemic point of view, offering concrete strategies that can be used by school staff to help change the climate of their schools. This book is an excellent tool for teachers, social workers, counselors, administrators alike!"—Cindi Skoog, director, Monroe County Wrap-Around
"This book is a must read for teachers and counselors alike. It provides a very realistic look at the issue of bullying in our schools. Plaford takes a practical approach and provides fantastic insights, terrific interventions and useful tactics to curbing the problem."—Vicki Pierce, therapist and executive director, Community Kitchen of Monroe County, Inc.
"Gary Plaford's message about using brain research to understand student behaviors is powerful and informative. His timely writing gives those working with children constructive and practical advice for making learning environments safe and supportive. Our staff is applying his teaching in our school and we see great success!"—Linda Black, principal, Arlington Heights Elementary School
"Gary Plaford's manuscript about the research on emotional intelligence, particularly as it relates to empathy and bullying in the schools is pertinent to anyone who works with children. In my experience working with children and their families in mental health and school settings, emotional intelligence (or lack thereof) is a key factor in determining an individual's ability to alter their problematic behaviors.
We cannot address children's emotional issues in a vacuum. As difficult as it might be, we, the members of the "village" must come at the bullying problem from all angles. Since school is a significant part of a child's life, we shouldn't ignore the opportunity to use this environment to improve emotional intelligence in our efforts to decrease bullying behaviors.
Gary Plaford provides concrete steps and practical ideas to teach empathy, improve emotional intelligence, and decrease bullying behaviors with the research to back it up.
I highly recommend this book to all professionals who work with children as many of his ideas can be applied in a variety of settings beyond the school environment."—Karen Brosius, MSW, LCSW, child and family therapist
About the Author
Gary R. Plaford is director of social services at the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. He has presented at numerous state conferences and taught classes at Indiana University on bullying, child and adolescent issues, and understanding behavior.