Getting to the Root of Problems
More often than not, a student who is bullying others is dealing with issues, sometimes major, of their own. Maybe they are being bullied elsewhere, maybe there are problems at home. This student, who is often times disciplined for their behavior, also needs an outlet and a chance to work through any issues they may have.
The CHADS' Mentoring Program is available to schools using the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. CHADS will provide one-on-one mentoring and relationship building with individual students who are mistreating others on a regular basis.
Counselors and teachers can select students who they feel would benefit from being paired with a CHADS’ licensed counselor or an Olweus trained specialist for one-on-one counseling sessions. The CHADS’ mentor spends approximately 20-30 minutes during each session to help identified students work through the issues that are affecting their lives. This mentoring program, usually offered at *no cost, has proven to make a measurable difference not only for those students being bullied but for the bully as well. Sessions are scheduled as needed for the student.
Programs are funded by St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund for children and families within St. Louis County. Some funding is available to cover programs outside of St. Louis County. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.