US employers react to laws. The HWB will convince employers to prevent & correct health-harming abusive conduct. The WBI HWB campaign began in 2001. WBI State Coordinators create groups of Healthy Workplace Advocates to lobby legislators.
From June 1997 until the present, the Namies have led the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals via our websites & over 10,000 consultations, telephone coaching, conducting & popularizing scientific research, authoring books, producing education DVDs, leading training for professionals-unions-employers, coordinating national legislative advocacy, and providing consulting solutions for organizations. We proudly helped create the U.S. Academy of Workplace Bullying, Mobbing & Abuse.
Freedom Week: What can Mental Health Professionals do?
Don’t say to clients “let’s change your behaviors that provoke the bully.”
Trust what abuse victims tell you. Believe that there are people as evil as have been described to you.
Stop holding targeted clients responsible for the unsolicited psychological violence they endure. Understand how work environments, not personal flaws, explain health-harming mistreatment. Stop committing the fundamental attribution error.
Be careful to not misdiagnose as borderline or adjustment disorder. Minimize psychological testing during acute phases of abuse so as to not skew results.
Learn and apply EMDR.
Suggest the client attend a trauma support group. Adopt a trauma-informed approach to clients abused in the workplace.
Learn the consequences for the client of FMLA, Workers Comp, and Disability (short- and long-term).