Training and ongoing technical assistance are offered for schools interested in implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
Scope of the Training & Ongoing Consultation
- A 2-day training offered to members of a school's Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee (BPCC). Trainings are conducted by OBPP Certified Trainers-Consultants.
- Ongoing telephone consultation for at least one full school year (18-24 months preferred) with an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant.
Who should attend the training, and where does it take place?
- School administrator (principal or assistant principal)
- Teacher representatives from each grade
- Counselor and/or school-based mental health professional
- Parents (non-staff members)
- Non-teaching staff (e.g., nurse, bus driver, athletics director or coach, cafeteria worker, playground supervisor, school resource officer)
- Community representative
As the training involves much interaction between participants and the trainer as well as building-level planning, no more than two school committees may be trained at one time by a trainer. If two trainers are present, they may train up to three committees at one time. Trainings typically take place at the school, at district administrative offices or at a convenient location in the community.
- Increase participants’ knowledge about the nature, prevalence and impact of bullying among children and youth (including impact on academic achievement, mental and physical health).
- Through interactive learning, familiarize participants with all core elements of the OBPP and strategies for bullying prevention and intervention.
- Develop skills to build awareness among students and staff of various roles played in bullying situations and to encourage positive behaviors as witnesses.
- Develop skills to intervene effectively in incidents of bullying with both students and parents of those involved.
- Develop a plan (including a timeline) to implement the OBPP in the school with fidelity.
Why is training/ongoing consultation important?
Training is important to help ensure that the BPCC at each school has the necessary information, support and strategies to successfully launch and sustain the OBPP with fidelity. The purpose of consultation is to provide ongoing assistance in the implementation of program elements, with particular attention to trouble-shooting challenges that may arise, and helping to maintain the program over time.
What does the consultation involve?
A Certified Trainer-Consultant will provide at least one full school year (18-24 months preferred) of consultation to an on-site coordinator at each school following the BPCC training to assist with program implementation. (An on-site coordinator is a “point person” at a school.) Typically, this consultation is conducted by telephone and occurs each month for approximately one hour.
Can we opt out of the consultation and just participate in the training?
No. Training is not offered without a commitment to engage in ongoing consultation with a Certified Trainer-Consultant to support implementation of the program components. We have found the consultation to be critically important to the success and sustainability of the program.
Certified Trainer-Consultants may charge:
- No more than $3,000 for a 2-day training involving 1 or 2 schools’ Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committees (BPCCs) (even when more than one trainer is present).
- If two trainers are present (required when 3 schools' BPCCs are being trained), fees may increase accordingly, up to a maximum of $4,500 for the 2-day training.
- A maximum of $125/hour for 12 to 24 months for telephone consultation for each school site. (Includes the cost of the phone call.)
No more than an additional $250 per half-day of travel time for the trainer to travel to and from the training site
(Many trainer/consultants charge less than these maximum rates.)
- Travel costs for the trainer, including airfare (if appropriate), lodging, meals, and local transportation;
How can my school receive training?
School personnel may either locate an existing OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant or have school personnel attend an Olweus Trainer Certification Course.
How does my school work with an existing OBPP Trainer-Consultant?
A. Locate an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant.
- If your district has more than three school buildings, you may find it more cost effective to train members of your own school district to become OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant. Information about Trainer-Consultant Certification costs and the application process are found in the OBPP Trainer Certification section of this website.
- If you have any questions or difficulty in finding a trainer for your school or are interested in hosting a Trainer Certification Course in your area, please contact Jane Riese (email@example.com), who will be happy to help. Jan Urbanski (firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to help with questions about state-level OBPP Trainer Networks.
Click here for a listing of OBPP Certified Trainers-Consultants. Trainers-Consultants are listed in the state where they reside. Don't forget to check the availability of trainers in neighboring states if your school is near a state border
Although our trainers are given a national OBPP Certification (meaning that they may train schools anywhere in the US), you are encouraged to identify a trainer from your general area to reduce travel costs, increase the possibility of on-site consultations, and benefit from their increased familiarity with state regulations. Trainers-Consultants will answer questions about the program, the nature of the training and consultation, their availability, and the specific training and consultation costs involved. They may also help you determine whether this program is a good fit for your school and how it aligns with other school initiatives you may have in place.
Trainer-Consultant rates will vary. Some trainer-consultants have agreements with their states to provide training to their state’s schools at no cost. Others work for non-profit agencies or as independent contractors. Some are employees of school districts and may be available only during summer months. All of our trainers-consultants are trained to guide your school committees in their implementation of OBPP with fidelity.B. Securing an OBPP Certified Trainer-Consultant within your district.