Collaboration with IN Foundation: Bullying prevention and intervention training

As a part of the continuing efforts of IN Foundation to promote bullying prevention, a training was held on March 11th and 12th in Banja Luka with the purpose of strengthening competencies of school personnel in bullying prevention and intervention. The training was designed and conducted by Assoc. Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, Director of Child Protection Center of Zagreb, and Tea Brezinšćak, MA, Psychologist working at the Child Protection Center of Zagreb.

IN Foundation – a foundation for social inclusion of children and youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina – established in July 2009, in cooperation, and with the financial support of Stichting Kinderpostzegels, Netherlands, has focused its work into thematic field of prevention of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Foundation was instituted with the aim to improve the quality of life of children and young people in B&H through promotion of social inclusion in all spheres of life that are relevant for their growth and development. The issue of violence has been selected as one of the crucial programmatic areas with the aim to adequately respond to this growing social problem, which will be overarched with the common programmatic title “Zero tolerance to violence in the lives of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

The primary goals of the current training were to strengthen the knowledge and skills enabling the participants to develop and implement comprehensive, empirically based prevention activities and programs, to recognize the signs of bullying, and to develop interventions with respect to the specific needs of the individual child.

The following topics were included:

- types, prevalence and signs of bullying

- multisystemic approach in bullying prevention

- treatment of bullies and victims of bullying

- working with families of children involved in bullying

- the role of personal and professional resources in confronting school based bullying