Do you want to keep brains, as well as bodies, safe in your organization?

We prioritize making bodies safe in school, sports and the workplace. You can't enter a construction site without a hard hat and steel toed boots. Soccer players put on shin pads and football players wear helmets to protect against concussions. Schools practice lock downs and fire drills. You can't set up a company without adhering to strict, enforced safety codes. 


However, we fail to put in place comparable safe-guards for brains.

Research is one of the eight fundamentals of the R8 System.

We will all gain immeasurably with more insight into brain health and more knowledge about what harms and hinders brains. 

It is crucial that organizations are informed about the incredibly harmful effects of bullying and abuse on brains. It's time to lay to rest myths about berating, shaming and stressing individuals to increase productivity or enhance motivation. 

The research shows it does just the opposite. It hurts brains. 

I gave a presentation in November 2017 at the Association for Middle Level Education to about 150 teachers and administrators. I asked at the outset how many of them had attended, during their college training or while working at their schools, a professional development presentation, or some kind of course or assembly, that focused on the ways in which bullying by educators harms brains. Not one hand was raised. Not one.

Everyone who has the protection of bodies and brains as part of their position needs to know how bullying and abuse harm brains. The impact is significant and scarring. 

Scars and abnormalities in the brain caused by verbal and psychological abuse are invisible to the eye, and therefore not recognized by the law or by society as being just as destructive as physical and sexual abuse. However, this harm to the brain can be seen by MRI and fMRI scans and researchers are clear that toxic environments---created by bullying conduct---are highly detrimental to brain function. 

This course draws on the work of neuroscientific studies on the way in which bullying and abuse hurts brains. It is a call to action for anyone who is in a position to educate their people and protect their brains.  

Speak Up Now

Throughout the course and all courses in the R8 System, we will remind you of key principles of the new system expressed with the acronym "Speak Up Now."

We will also use Shawn Achor's positive psychology framework to rethink our understanding of bullying and abuse. The neuroscientific studies upon which he constructs his approach will allow us to reimagine and reinvent our failed efforts to halt bullying and abuse.
Speak Up Now

In this course, you will learn about

  • The way in which bullying and abuse cause brain damage

  • The danger to brains when the environment is toxic

  • The risks for vulnerable brains

  • Bullying and abuse's impact on both short and long-term health

  • Adolescent brains and their susceptibility to PTSD

  • How brains can be scarred by bullying and abuse

Course curriculum

  • 1
    R8 3 Introduction to Neuroscience of Bullying
    • How To Navigate This Course
    • R8 3 Introduction
    • R8 3 Intro 1
    • R8 3 Intro
    • R8 3 Intro Quiz
  • 2
    R8 3 Module 1 Neuroscience of Bullying
    • R8 3 Neuroscience of Bullying
    • R8 3 Module 1.1
    • R8 3 Module 1.2
    • R8 3.1 Neuroscience of Bullied Brains
    • R8 3 Neuroscience of Bullying
  • 3
    R8 3 Module 2 Bullying Causes Brain Damage
    • R8 3 Module 2 Bullying Causes Brain Damage
    • R8 3 Module 2.1
    • R8 3.2 Bullying Causes Brain Damage
    • R8 3 Module 2 Bullying Causes Brain Damage
  • 4
    R8 3 Module 3 Inside the Bullied Brain
    • R8 3 Module 3 Inside the Bullied Brain
    • R8 3 Module 3.1
    • R8 3 Module 3.2
    • R8 3 Module 3 Inside the Bullied Brain
    • R8 3 Module 3 Inside the Bullied Brain Quiz
  • 5
    R8 3 Module 4 Brain Scars
    • R8 3 Module 4 Brain Scars
    • R8 3 Module 4.1
    • R8 3 Module 4 Brain Scars
    • R8 3 Module 4 Brain Scars Quiz
  • 6
    R8 3 Module 5 Neuroplasticity and Organizational Transformation
    • R8 3 Module 5 Neuroplasticity and Organizational Transformation
    • R8 3 Module 5.1
    • R8 3 Module 5.2
    • R8 3 Module 5 Neuroplasticity and Organizational Transformation
    • R8 3 Module 5 Neuroplasticity and Organizational Transformation
  • 7
    R8 3 Module 6 Workshop
    • R8 3 Module 6 Workshop
    • R8 3 Module 6 Workshop
    • R8 3 Workshop
  • 8
    Assignment for Those Taking the Course for Pro-D or Continuing Ed Credits
    • Assignment
  • 9
    R8 3 References
    • R8 3 References

Meet Your Instructor

  • Dr. Jennifer Fraser

    Instructor

    Dr. Jennifer Fraser

    Dr. Jennifer Fraser is an award-winning educator and best-selling author on Amazon. Featured in the Huffington Post, National Workplace Bullying Coalition; Toronto Star, Changing The Game Project; National Alliance for Youth Sports; and Edutopia along with many other media outlets and foundations, Jennifer advocates for the rights of students and individuals to learn in an abuse-free environment.

    Since the publication of her third book, Teaching Bullies: Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom, Jennifer has been writing articles, and giving interviews and presentations across North America on the subject of abuse and bullying's impact on brains.

    With a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, Jennifer's development of the R8 System is in response to the devastation of bullying and abuse to organizations. She draws on psychology and neuroscience to stress how harmful and scarring bullying and abuse are to brains.

    Jennifer works with the brilliant StopIt! reporting system which she believes is the best way to keep students, student athletes, and employees safe, as well as organizational leaders informed. She has a forthcoming book entitled The Bullied Brain: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Brain Scars and How To Heal Them.