The Role of Psychological Safety for Counteracting Bullying

Jan 9, 2019 9:00-10:00 AM EST

Bullying implies an experience of vulnerability and insecurity, not only for victims but for the whole community. Psychological safety can counteract the negative effects for victims, but can also promote active anti-bullying behaviors among peers. The webinar will address these issues from a theoretical perspective, but also sharing recent evidence supporting the crucial role of fostering psychologically secure school environments.

CHRISTIAN BERGER, PhD, is an Associate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he serves as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Psychology. His research interests focus around peer relations, in particular how social status and aggressive and prosocial behaviors are part of the adolescent peer culture. He also focuses on how contexts affect the development of positive or negative interpersonal relationships. More broadly, he studies peer ecologies and school environments, and protective factors to prevent school violence and to promote a nurturing school social climate.

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