R8 uses positive psychology, grounded in neuroscientific research, to transform organizational culture from the misery of bullying and abuse into the joyfulness of empathy and compassion.

Throughout the R8 System, we will draw on Shawn Achor's The Happiness Advantage. In his book, he lays out "Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work." Individuals must reflect on their conduct in a positive way with the understanding that they can change. 

Brains are malleable and with work, can transform positively.

Although Achor does not address abuse or bullying in any sort of direct way, his evidence-based argument for positive mindset, openness to possibility, social investment are all crucial tenets of a non-abusive or bullying environment. They speak to the growth mindset encapsulated in R8's re-educate and rehabilitate.

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Shawn Achor's  approach is a concise way to organize and construct a transformative system like R8.

Jennifer Fraser chose it because of his reference to extensive, rigorous neuroscientific or psychological research to back up his prescription for happiness. 

A toxic organizational environment, infected with bullying and abuse, is the opposite of happiness. 

By starting with exercises that shift your individuals and organization’s mindset from bullying and abuse into empathy and compassion, you will be well-prepared to work through the case studies. It's all about relationships and how we respond to one another.

The R8 System is about becoming intentional.

We can choose to sweep bullying and abuse under the carpet or we can transform workplaces, schools and sport organizations into healthy places where everyone flourishes and contributes.

An organizational culture that is built on relationships of mutual respect should not shy away from safe, anonymous reporting which reverses trends toward dismissing, ignoring and covering-up.
The R8 System is about becoming intentional.

In this course you will learn:

  • The competitive advantage of positive psychology

  • How to change performance by applying a growth-mindset

  • How to train in order to capitalize on the "path up and out"

  • The importance of using errors and failures to build upward momentum

  • How to limit focus to manageable goals during times of organizational change

  • How to minimize barriers to change

  • How to recognize the value of social investment

Course curriculum

  • 1
    R8 Step 1: The Power of Positive Psychology
    • How To Navigate This Course
    • Introduction
    • Introduction Video
    • R8 1 intro
    • Intro Quiz
  • 2
    R8 Step 1 Happiness Advantage
    • Module One: Happiness
    • Happiness Video Lesson 1
    • Happiness Video Lesson 2
    • Happiness Video Lesson 3
    • R8 1 Happiness Advantage
    • Quiz #1 Happiness Advantage
  • 3
    R8 Step 2 Fulcrum and Lever
    • Module Two: Fulcrum and Lever
    • Fulcrum Video Lesson 1
    • Fulcrum Video Lesson 2
    • Fulcrum Video Lesson 3
    • R8 1 Fulcrum and Lever
    • Fulcrum and Lever Quiz
  • 4
    R8 Step 3 Tetris Effect
    • Module Three: Tetris Effect
    • Tetris Video Lesson 1
    • Tetris Video Lesson 2
    • Tetris Video Lesson 3
    • R8 1 Tetris Effect
    • Tetris Effect Quiz
  • 5
    R8 Step 4 Falling Up
    • Module Four: Falling Up
    • Falling Up Video Lesson 1
    • Falling Up Video Lesson 2
    • R8 1 Falling Up
    • Falling Up Quiz
  • 6
    R8 Step 5 Zorro's Circle
    • Module Five: Zorro's Circle
    • Zorro Video Lesson 1
    • Zorro Video Lesson 2
    • R8 1 Zorro's Circle
    • Zorro's Circle Quiz
  • 7
    R8 Step 6 20 Second Rule
    • Module Six: 20 Second Rule
    • 20 Second Rule Video Lesson 1
    • 20 Second Rule Video Lesson 2
    • 20 Second Rule Video Lesson 3
    • 20 Second Rule Video Lesson 4
    • R8 1 Twenty Second Rule
    • 20 Second Rule Quiz
  • 8
    R8 Step 7 Social Investment
    • Module Seven: Social Investment
    • Social Video Lesson 1
    • R8 1 Social Investment
    • Social Investment Quick Quiz
  • 9
    R8 Step 8 Transform Negatives into Positives
    • Module Eight: Negative to Positive
    • Negative to Positive Video Lesson
    • Negative to Positive Quick Quiz
    • R8 1 Negative to Positive
    • Negative to Positive Quiz
  • 10
    Assignment for Those
    • Assignment for Those Taking the Course for Pro-D or Continuing Ed Credits


  • Dr. Jennifer Fraser


    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.