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.
- Learn the consequences for the client of FMLA, Workers Comp, and Disability (short- and long-term).
- Learn more about workplace bullying at our comprehensive professional training.
- Make workplace bullying one of your clinical specialties.
- Study the science behind bullying and stress-related diseases.
Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week sponsored by the Workplace Bullying Institute, is a chance to break through the shame & silence surrounding bullying. It is a week to be daring & bold. Here are different ways to celebrate Freedom Week:
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