Therapeutic jurisprudence group on bullying, mobbing, and abuse across the lifespan

If you’ve been following this blog regularly, then you may know that I have been closely involved in the creation of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, a global, non-profit learned organization dedicated to advancing therapeutic jurisprudence, “an interdisciplinary field of philosophy and practice that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of laws and public policies, legal and dispute resolution systems, and legal institutions.”

The ISTJ will be conducting many of its activities through Interest Groups organized around substantive topics of law and public policy. As part of that effort, I’ve joined with a small group of fellow members to form an Interest Group on Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse Across the Lifespan. The group will examine and address these behaviors from an interdisciplinary perspective, emphasizing the intersection of psychological trauma and law & public policy. Here are among the group’s possible activities:

  • Creating and improving trauma-informed public education programs and workshops about bullying/mobbing/abuse in all settings;
  • Examining how we can support targets and victims in litigation, such as providing information to attorneys and planning expert witness testimony and analyses;
  • Examining different approaches to legislation and public policy, i.e., differences and commonalities in dealing with abusive behaviors across the spectrum; and,
  • Organizing writing projects, programs, etc.

I should note that this group will not be able to provide individual counseling, coaching, or legal advice for those who are experiencing any of these behaviors. However, in the future we may be able to develop resource listings like that on this blog for workplace bullying to guide those experiencing abusive mistreatment in other contexts.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group, then you’ll first need to join the ISTJ (memberships run calendar year, Jan-Dec; $25 regular; free for currently enrolled students). After joining you’ll either want to indicate your interest in this topic of the TJ Forum page and/or e-mail me at dyamada@suffolk.edu.

4 responses

  1. The only thing needed is a working together of home, schools, public institutions and the courts to ensure and enforce civility across societies. Bullying and mobbing are deliberate and often organized methods to destroy an individual ( and with them entire families) emotionally and physically.
    Whoever inflicts such terror is knowledgeable about his/her actions and must account for them.
    Unfortunately MA courts are biased in favor of corporations ( the well connected) and they are the worst offenders.

  2. David,

    Received an email survey from a national Democratic leader wanting suggestions for more effective leadership. Here are some of my replies:

    Identity Politics 101: A bully of whatever stripe is worse and more dangerous than any non-bullying, white, male, heterosexual.

    Whether it’s realized or not, a core issue is bullying. Help educate the world through Healthy Workplace Legislation as an educational and fairness/justice start.

    Don’t make enemies of non-bullying straight, white, males. I’ve previously been a Democratic Precinct Captain. Because of workplace bullying I’ve lost a lot of money I could be contributing to the cause.

    Cheers for the ISTJ, and you.

  3. I’ve read a lot, if not all, of Mr. Yamada’s works in writing. Charles, I don’t recall him blaming or shaming white heterosexual men. Also confusing is that you relate to the issue by saying that you have experienced a lot of workplace bullying in your business. Do you think it is an overt, unaddressed issue, but white heterosexual males are being targeted as bullies? If so, what were the bullying circumstances in your business and how did you help the targets?

  4. I think Charles was sharing some of the feedback he gave in response to an online Democratic Party opinion survey, not criticizing any of my writings.

    Bottom line for me is that we need both workplace anti-bullying laws that apply to all and civil rights laws that protect members of groups that tend to be singled out for harassment and discrimination.

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