Tips to Finding a Qualified Anti-Bullying Specialist
Workplace bullying requires professionals who are specialize in this area. For example: investigators, trainers/facilitators, consultants, and therapists. ABRC developed has the following tips to help you select the most appropriate resources for your unique situation.
- Be sure to check the specialist’s educational background, and workplace training and experience. It is wise to ask for a resume/ CV, references, and testimonials.
- Are they accountable to a professional association? Do they have liability insurance?
- Find out where they studied, what they studied, and who is the current mentor? Training and hands on learning in this area is a never-ending process.
- It is important to know that each profession will offer a different perspective in their practices. For example, a police officer, teacher, life or business coach, will teach and offer support very differently than a social worker, nurse, or psychologist. All information offered by each profession is important, and yet, delivered from their own scope of practice. Ask about their scope of practice determine which is best for your needs.
- What comments do they make about their scope of practice? Be sure to have this clearly defined. Professional boundaries are essential to ethical practices.
- Request references from other professionals (psychologist, social workers, doctors, teachers, nurses) who have observed their work.
- Has the specialist had any personal experiences with bullying? If so, what did they do to resolve and/or recovery from their situation? Do they follow their own guidance?
- Review their work e.g. websites, face book, twitter notifications and any other sources of information they offer. Gather a sense of their work style, associates, and their following.
- What types of solutions, resources, options, do they offer people in complicated situations? Ask questions e.g. what is the most complicated case you have worked with? How did they help resolve it? Their answers will give you information on their knowledge base, style, and skill level. Is this a good fit for your workplace needs?
- Are they connected to anti-bullying networks? Who? You should review those networks. Do they maintain current research material? Are they collaborative? Have a wealth of referral sources? Ask for examples.
- Do they offer a sliding scale to accommodate lower incomes? If not, ask how they offer support to people who have lost their jobs and struggling with employment insurance or others?
© Crockett 2014