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Counselor Education


Bystander effect is a phenomenon in which the presence of others hinders an individual’s helping behavior. Bystander effect can occur in situations involving bullying, underage consumption of alcohol and suicide or suicidal ideation. Young people only intervene 19% of the time in a bullying situation, even though it has been found to be effective within ten seconds, 57% of the time (Center for Disease and Prevention, 2014). School Counselors can help students intervene, as well as implement various prevention and intervention programs and strategies such as Signs of Suicide (SOS), Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), and Bully-Proofing Your School (BPYP) to help create a safe school environment.

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