When you or a loved one or your organization are dealing with workplace bullying, there are resources available to help. Individuals so affected are often vulnerable and experiencing complicated situations. Others may be hoping to help someone else and prevent further harm. Organizations may be seeking experience and knowledge on how best to proceed; whether it be from a proactive or reactive perspective. In each of the above, ABRC offers qualified support. Our objective in creating this document is to help you select professionals who bring significant qualifications, experience and specialization in the area of Workplace Bullying.
In any of the cases listed above, you are within your rights to ask any or all of the following questions until you have established a level of comfort with the service provider where you can talk openly and honestly about the situation that encouraged you to step forward:
- What is the specialist’s educational background, specialized training and their experience in addressing workplace bullying? You may wish to verify this information by requesting a copy of the individual’s resume, training certificates, references and testimonials;
- Is the individual’s training and practical experience current?
- Perspectives may differ from one specialist to another depending upon current or previous professions. For example, a police officer, teacher, clinical therapist, or coach will support you drawing upon the experience and training they bring to the relationship. Once again, here’s an opportunity for you to explore the individual’s background and approach prior to making a commitment to work with this person.
- Ask about professional boundaries i.e. how the information you disclose will be used and ensure that you will be involved in any decision making.
- You may be asked to authorize an individual to speak on your behalf; that is not transferring responsibility for decision-making, but may alleviate some of the associated stress knowing that someone else is fielding your mail from the employer and suggesting or drafting a suitable response on your behalf.
- Inquire whether the professional is prepared to speak to their personal experience with bullying. Ask about techniques and coping mechanisms that they found helpful and what steps they personally explored to recover.
- Consider how and where they promote their practice. Conduct a google search or look at their LinkedIn profile or visit their individual or company web-site.
- Is this individual connected to any anti-bullying networks? Do these networks provide associates with current research material? Do they share a practice with other professionals or specialists?
- There are occasions when an individual dealing with workplace bullying may find it difficult to seek support due to limited financial resources. ABRC offers a sliding scale in fees based upon the individual’s personal circumstances.
If you find an individual who calls themselves a specialist or expert in addressing workplace bullying, any or all of the above questions will assist you in determining whether this individual is a good fit. Transparency is essential. It is ABRC’s objective to prevent future harm to those already experiencing complex situations. We are equipped to respond quickly, assess the degree of support you require, understand your personal circumstances and support you in developing a plan towards resolution.
Linda Crockett (780) 965-7480 email@example.com