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Evelyn M Field OAM, FAPS is a practising psychologist, Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and regular media spokesperson. She is regarded as an Australian expert in dealing with school and workplace bullying. In 2014 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her anti-school and workplace bullying initiatives.
The core of her professional work is her simple, six step Social Survival Skills model. This basic recipe for relating is suitable for children and adults and improves their social and emotional resilience.
Following her successful debut as an enrichment speaker on cruises, Evelyn believes that people want simple presentations with a few facts, not many stats, and lots of skills, strategies and options! She provides keynotes, workshops and seminars that are ethical, educational and entertaining. She trains participants to understand, manage or treat those affected by school and workplace bullying.
As a speaker, she empowers participants to develop their social and emotional resilience; based upon the latest evidence-based psychological and neurological theory. Everyone can leave with simple, practical ideas that they can implement immediately!
Evelyn is involved with many professional groups including Convenor, Therapist Special Interest Group, International Association for Workplace Bullying and Harassment (IAWBH) the advisory council of the National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) and the Australian Psychological Society. She was involved with the Mental Health Foundation of Australia and schools counsellors associations for two decades and on the Victims of Crime Assistance League for five years.
Evelyn presents regularly to schools, organisations and therapists in Australia and overseas. She has published six books, numerous book chapters and a DVD.
I believe that everyone survives better when they belong to their social tribe or support network. However, many people don’t have the skills and strategies to socialise and build relationships while dealing simultaneously with difficult, dodgy people. I am also interested in the damage caused by bullying and finding the most appropriate treatment. Building social and emotional resilience, as well as dealing with school and workplace bullying, is my major interest when working with children and adults either individually or with the relevant organisations.
Bully Busting has been published in Italian, Croatian, Arabic, and Bully Blocking in Korean and Czechoslovakian. They are also published in the UK and USA. My new book, Bully Blocking at Work is also being published overseas. I also write for local newspapers and have had chapters in some Australian books.
Improving social support networks and helping people develop strategies to block bullies, because bullying can destroy people’s lives and negatively impact on others, including schools and organizations. I am also frustrated about the community focusing solely on school bullying when there is sometimes more bullying in the staffroom than in the classroom!
I am a practical person, I have become less interested in what happens and why – I want to help people learn simple strategies they can use the following day to improve their social skills and block bullies.