A major challenge faced by many workplace bullying targets is finding a therapist or counselor who can help them. Too many mental health practitioners are unfamiliar with workplace bullying and what it can do to people. Clinicians who lack this understanding may dismiss the client’s experiences, blame the client, offer unwise advice that backfires on the client, and/or misdiagnose the client’s mental health condition.
Help is here
Fortunately, we now have a much-needed and excellent educational primer on workplace bullying for clinicians in the form of An Introduction to Workplace Bullying for Mental Health Practitioners, a DVD produced by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) and featuring Jessi Eden Brown, a licensed mental health counselor and WBI’s professional coach.
I’m one of Jessi’s biggest fans. She has provided counseling and coaching services to hundreds of clients who have experienced workplace bullying. She brings tremendous compassion, insight, and understanding to her work. You can learn more about her background and experience at her private practice website.
The DVD is divided into seven compact, informative chapters:
- The Phenomenon
- Why Bullying Happens
- The Perpetrators
- Is Your Client a Target?
- Impact on People
- Supporting Your Clients
- Additional Resources
It’s really good
I watched the full DVD over the weekend. It’s a brisk, soup-to-nuts, evidence-based introduction to understanding workplace bullying and working with targets of this form of mistreatment, running just under 40 minutes. There were a few audio glitches early in the program — WBI does not have a fancy production center — but the rest was smooth, like watching a well-organized continuing education presentation. It’s easily the best resource on this subject.
The DVD costs $49.95 and can be ordered directly from WBI.
September 19, 2013 update: WBI sent me an updated DVD with the glitches smoothed out. I’ll reiterate my strong recommendation of this resource for all mental health practitioners.