Cassingham Elementary School will host an anti-bullying program, the Bully Proof Workshop, at the school on Monday, Feb. 7.

Cassingham Elementary School will host an anti-bullying program, the Bully Proof Workshop, at the school on Monday, Feb. 7.

Jim Bisenius, a central Ohio child and adolescent therapist, will meet with Cassingham students and staff during the school day and present a program for parents in the evening.

Two Cassingham faculty committees the Social/Emotional Development of Youth and International/Multicultural researched programs and secured funding from their school and the school district to bring in the Bully Proof Workshop.

Bisenius has 16 years of experience as a therapist specializing "in teaching extremely targeted youth how to handle bullying situations," according to his web site.

"Almost all students who target others are also victims of bullying somewhere else in their lives," he said. "The techniques taught in the student assemblies are important for both those who target, and those being targeted to practice and master."

Bisenius earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University and master's from Ohio State. He worked for nine years for Moundbuilders Guidance Center, a mental health services provider based in Newark.

His program has been used in some 450 schools and other outlets across the state. He has received a "Child Advocate of the Year" award from the Knox County community, as well as a "Violence Prevention Award" from the Licking County Mental Health Association.

"Students will learn what bullies look for in their targets and action steps to take to control their reactions to bullies. Our students will build a sense of power in handling bullying situations and the ability to help someone who is a target of bullying," said Eric Acton, Cassingham teacher and the school's Social/Emotional chairperson.

The parent workshop, covering how to teach children to respond to verbal bullying, physical bullying, social bullying and group manipulation, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Cassingham Theater at 250 S. Cassingham Road.

For more information about the Bully Proof Workshop, contact Amy Thompson, Bexley Schools Public Information Coordinator at keycommunicator@bexleyschools.org or 238-6663.