School counselors rarely have cause to turn to the DSM, but most of us (all who graduated from CACREP programs) had at least some training in the DSM during our graduate level coursework. Also, while we aren’t qualified to apply diagnoses from the DSM, familiarity with the text is useful when working with students who do have mental health diagnoses. In that vein, I found the controversy surrounding the development of the DSM 5 interesting.

Since most bullying and harassment take place outside the purview of adults, the importance of bystander intervention is gaining more and more attention as a means to mitigate or even eliminate occurrences. This article, for example, tells how a tragic incident of dating violence in one small Massachusetts town and spurred its residents to adopt the Mentors in Violence Prevention program.

More information, this time from PreventConnect, on bystander intervention. The thorough wiki includes current theory, research, and interventions.

Character education is becoming a buzzword once again as a possible response to bullying, especially as some research seems to indicate that formal anti-bullying programs can have unfortunate and unintended consequences. There are a number of prepackaged programs out there, but I’m not familiar with this one. Has anybody used it?