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by Kate Cohen-Posey, MS
by Kate Cohen-Posey, MS

Bully Proof: Teaching Clients to Empower Themselves Without Overpowering Others (Professional Guide)

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• 2020  176pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568872223

This book will aid the mental health professional to help their clients learn the skill set of unexpected responses to throw bullies (who use toxic verbiage) off balance in their attempt to establish dominance.  The techniques are not appropriate for physical assault, serious verbal threats, sexual harassment, or other hateful techniques that require intervention from appropriate authorities.  Instead, the program the author presents gives clinicians an arsenal of novel methods to help clients: (a) practice four categories of responses that change common attack-attack, attack-defend, and pursue-distance patterns; (b) contrasts commonly taught assertive language patterns with disarming responses; (c) apply neuroscience that validates the effectiveness of these methods to reduce clients' resistance to making changes in verbal patterns; (d) recognize character types and situations that breed the need to dominate and control, and distinguish which responses work best with which circumstance; (e) analyze protocols and surprising technologies to teach clients new strategies; and (f) review handouts that can be used to teach new skills.

"Kate has managed to cram in a mass of information, both technical and research-based, while still managing to weave in elements of experiential narrative that connect the information to our human experience. She is speculative on occasion, which I like to see, but always making it clear when she does so. Please learn from this book and also look for your story, or something like it, because I believe by giving Bully Proof your careful attention, you will find both."
     -Richard Hill MA, MEd, MBMSc, co-author of The Practitioners Guide to Mirroring Hands with Ernest Rossi; Managing Editor of The Science of Psychotherapy; President of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS); and author of Choose Hope

"This book is a valuable resource and practical guide for those who have experienced bullying, whether at home, school, or the workplace. Kate Cohen-Posey does a fantastic job helping readers improve their 'bully proof' skill set with easy-to-use, clear, step-by-step techniques. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to manage the bullies in their life using effective, intelligent, and often humor-based strategies."
     -Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA, licensed clinical psychologist and author of the bestselling book Trauma Treatment Toolbox

"Kate Cohen-Posey has for decades been at the forefront of educating people how not to be victims of verbal hostility. Her comprehensive new book, Bully Proof, will be a boon for the therapy professions."
     -Izzy Kalman, MS, School Psychologist and author of Bullies to Buddies: How to Turn Your Enemies Into Friends

Table of Contents

Empowering Skills

Chapter 1: Empowering Skill #1: Affirm 
Chapter 2: Empowering Skill #2: Ask 
Chapter 3: Empowering Skill #3: Actively Listen
Chapter 4: Empowering Skill #4: Hints and Humor
Chapter 5: To Be or Not to Be Assertive
Chapter 6: Bully Proof with Brain Power
Chapter 7: Traits and Temperaments of Tyrants, Targets, and Entrancing Talkers

Situational Bullying

Chapter 8: Intimate Empowerment
Chapter 9: Intergenerational Empowerment
Chapter 10: Empowerment with Peers
Chapter 11: Empowerment in the Workplace
Chapter 12: Teaching Clients Empowering Practices
Afterword and Acknowledgments

CE Program
A supplemental 6-credit, 40 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Bully Proof: Teaching Clients to Empower Themselves Without Overpowering Others - CE Program (6 Credits)

Companion Book
Mental health professionals who would like to purchase (for your clients) multiple copies of the companion book, Bully Proof: Empower Yourself Without Overpowering Otherscan contact Professional Resource Press for quantity discounts: [email protected] / (800) 443-3364 

About the Author

Kate Cohen-Posey, MS, is a mental health counselor with a clinical practice through Florida Behavioral Health in Lakeland, Florida.  Driven by a desire to provide clients concise therapeutic information, she started writing booklets.  John Wiley & Sons discovered these thera-tracts, called her, and said, “We think you’re the author we need.”  This proposal launched her career as a writer with several titles to her credit: the Brief Therapy Client Handouts books; Making Hostile Words HarmlessHow to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies, and more.  Booklist, citing How to Handle Bullies, Teasers, and Other Meanies, agrees she is an author of necessity.  Kate is passionate about teaching communication and other cutting-edge treatment approaches to professionals and developing such therapy tools as The Handy Brain Model and Brain Change Cards®.  Facilitating clients as they manage their own life challenges is her inspiration, joy, and source of new knowledge.

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