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Course: The Bully Vaccine
by Jennifer Hancock

CE Credit Hours: 3
Fee: $14

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The Bully Vaccine is a book that takes an operant conditioning approach to the problem of bullying. It explores not only how to use operant conditioning to essentially train bullies to stop, but also provides detailed information on what resources victims of bullying can access as they learn how to get a bully to stop and leave them alone.

This book is ideal for anyone who works with: young people dealing with bullying in school, adults facing workplace bullying, and elder care professionals who are dealing with nursing home bullying. While the book was written specifically to address school bullying in the United States, the techniques taught are applicable and effective for all age ranges, locations and situations. (There is also an edition 'For Sensitive Readers' [younger children] this course is NOT based on that edition).

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Teach others about what motivates bullies to do what they do
  • Explain the underlying dynamic of bullying and why interventions tend to fail
  • To discuss how operant conditioning can be used to help clients to get bullies to stop
  • To explain the extinction burst dynamic to clients and their families so that they will be better able to extinguish bullying behavior directed towards them.
  • To facilitate a discussion on the importance of ongoing mental health care for victims of bullying
  • Share more techniques and strategies to help clients who are victims of religious and/or sexual bullying
  • Refer clients to additional sources of support including their ability to gain law enforcement protection when necessary

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians. This course is not based on the edition 'For Sensitive Readers' [younger children].
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Jennifer Hancock

Jennifer Hancock has transformed the lives of many people by sharing her pragmatic Humanist approach to living life fully and intentionally. By encouraging people be the best, most ethical humans they can be, she consistently challenges people to think about and question who they are, what they are and more importantly, how they want to be.
She is one of the few individuals in America who was raised as a Humanist and she brings her delightful sense of humor, creativity, and compassion combined with a no-nonsense approach to all of her work and her coaching. She will help you focus on what really matters in your life and will teach you the practical skills you need to live your life the way you know you should be: ethically, compassionately and responsibly.

In Jen's Own Words

I have a slightly unusual background. Two intellectual parents in a Los Angeles beach town raised me. That means I am a rare native Angelino. I am also culturally half Jewish, half Catholic and, as it turns out, all Humanist. I owe my Humanism to my parents who made the radical decision to respect my freedom of belief as a child, which at the time, just wasnt done. Not only was I free to believe as I wanted, I was actively encouraged to think for myself and to challenge my assumptions through the extensive use of the Socratic method by my parents. Volunteerism and compassion for others was an active part of our family values. In other words, Humanism is natural to me. It was how I was raised and what I was taught to value. It is not something I learned about as an adult.

My academic career includes a degree in cognitive linguistics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa where I trained dolphins, and some time spent learning mandarin at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. And yes, both Hawaii and China are awesome places to be and for the record dolphins dont feel like wet rubber. More like wet skin.
Anyway, my first job out college was as the Director of Volunteer Services for the LASPCA. I feel like I did a lot of good there. The feral cat management program I wrote has been adopted, literally, all over the world. My volunteer program was ground breaking and I ended up mentoring volunteer administrators in SPCAs across the country in addition to being a speaker at international conferences on volunteer administration.

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