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Still a rite of passage? A perspective on current therapeutic attitudes and interventions in relation to cyberbullying

Jones, Callum


Callum Jones


This paper examines cyberbullying concerning therapeutic interventions. A section on bullying and how bullying impacts the therapeutic environment is included. The author provides his definition of bullying to incorporate cyberbullying and how it is no longer a “new issue” but an evolving one. The current status of therapeutic interventions used to support victims of cyberbullying has been explored, emphasising their effectiveness in assisting those experiencing bullying. A segment has been implemented to comprehend whether practitioners fully understand the potential implications of cyberbullying on clients, whether bullying is still seen as a “rite of passage” and what the possible consequences of this could be. Peer interventions and support groups concerning cyberbullying have been referenced, including The KiVa Programme, the Shared Concern Method and The Circle of Friends Method. These have highlighted specific examples of therapeutic and nontherapeutic approaches to intervene with cyberbullying. A section on potential further training is presented for practitioners working within educational environments. Moreover, physical, psychological, sexual and relational bullying are discussed in the article when applicable, with the umbrella term “bullying” used to discuss all forms of bullying at once. The paper has uncovered two key messages: (1) cyberbullying requires more awareness in counselling and is no longer a new issue and (2) more extensive training is required to assist therapists to work with cyberbullying victims.


Jones, C. (2023). Still a rite of passage? A perspective on current therapeutic attitudes and interventions in relation to cyberbullying. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 15, 2023
Publication Date Mar 15, 2023
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2023
Journal Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Print ISSN 1473-3145
Electronic ISSN 1746-1405
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Item Discussed Cyberbullying, Interventions, Therapeutic Attitudes/Perceptions
Keywords Psychiatry and Mental health; Applied Psychology; Clinical Psychology