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Bullying as a Developmental Precursor to Sexual and Dating Violence Across Adolescence

February 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST


About This Webinar

Research suggests that adolescent bullying can be a precursor to harmful adult behaviors (Espelage, et. al., 2022). Thus, adolescent bullying continues to be a key focus of scholarly research across the globe. This webinar discusses longitudinal studies of the bully-sexual violence pathway (Bully-SV pathway), where bullying is a precursor for harmful behaviors. Such harmful behaviors may include teen dating violence and other forms of sexual violence, such as sexual harassment, sexual coercion, and sexual assault. 

Potential mechanisms underlying the bully-sexual violence pathway include social dominance orientation, exposure to sexual education, alcohol use, etc. The discussion includes several school-based intervention approaches that have shown modest success in reducing rates of bullying and SV. This webinar will also discuss strategies for supporting communication with youth around bullying and bullying prevention. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand the research on youth bullying as a precursor to adolescent sexual violence and teen dating violence
  2. Recognize risk and protective factors targeting interventions to address the link between bullying and sexual violence/teen dating violence
  3. Identify programs addressing risks and protective factors to reduce these forms of violence


Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. She is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She is an elected National Academy of Education member, was awarded the SPR Prevention Science Award in 2020, and received the 2023 Bully Research Network Outstanding Career Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997.

She advises members of Congress and the Senate on bullying prevention legislation. The findings of her research are guiding state, national, and international efforts to prevent youth violence and promote positive school climates. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Continuing Education

The following CE credits will be submitted for this session:

  • Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: This webinar is approved for 1.5 CE credits for Social Work, LPCs, and LMFTs from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on February 29, 2026. 
  • Case Managers: This program will be submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board-certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on February 29, 2025. 
  • Certified Family Life Educators: This program will be submitted to the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) for 1.5 CE credit for CFLEs. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on February 29, 2029. 
  • Board Certified Patient Advocates: This program is approved by The Patient Advocate Certification Board to provide CE credit to Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA). The course has been approved for a total of 1.5 CE contact hours, of which 0.0 are in the area of Ethics. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on February 29, 2026. 
  • Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences (CFCS): This course is awaiting approval for 1.5 CE credits from the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for CFCS. **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on February 29, 2029. 
  • OneOp Certificates of Attendance available for documenting additional professional development hours.

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February 29
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
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