Johnstown Independent

Jan. 29 assemblies

Expert to present 'Bully-Proofing Youth'

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Johnstown students are about to learn how to handle bullies.

Special presentations are scheduled at all four school buildings Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Jim Bisenius, an award-winning therapist, will present "Bully-Proofing Youth," a practical and effective bullying prevention program designed for children in grades 1-12.

"The assemblies scheduled with Jim Bisenius are a part of our ongoing efforts to promote learning and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior," said Debbie Seibel, Adams Middle School principal. "Each building tailors their presentation and information to meet the need of their respective students."

Through assemblies and workshops, Bisenius instructs students and teachers in ways to eliminate bullying behavior.

According to his Bully-Proofing Youth website, almost all students who target others are victims of bullying somewhere else in their lives.

The techniques taught in the student assemblies are important for those who target and those being targeted to practice and master, he said.

Students will learn a step-by-step method to alter a bully's body language and reactions to eliminate future bullying.

Bisenius' presentations are touted as extremely entertaining and interactive, using humor, drawings, storytelling and role-playing.

He has 16 years of experience in child and adolescent therapy and specializes in teaching highly targeted youth the techniques to handle bullying situations.

He has taught his methods to student at more than 450 schools. Seibel said Bisenius previously made presentations to all district schools in the winter of 2012.

Bisenius earned a bachelor's degree from Miami University and a master's degree from Ohio State University. He has been recognized by Knox County with a "Child Advocate of the Year" award, and he received a Violence Prevention award from the Licking County Mental Health Association.

Johnstown also has online assistance for students who are bullied. A confidential report may be submitted online at Johnstown.k12.oh.us or by phone at 1-866-listen2me.

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