Prof. Phillip Slee
Phillip Slee is a trained teacher and registered psychologist. Currently, Phillip is a Professor in Human Development in the School of Education and is Director of the Student Wellbeing & Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Research Centre at Flinders University. Professor Slee’s research interests include child and adolescent mental health, childhood bullying and aggression, and he has a particular interest in the practical and policy implications of his research.
Professor Slee has published over 100 refereed papers, 25 book chapters, and 15 books in the field of child development, bullying, school violence and stress, and has produced educational resources in the form of videos and resource packages. He has presented his work nationally and internationally in workshops and lectures. Presently, he is undertaking a number of international research projects on the topic of school violence with researchers from Japan, Korea, China, Canada, England, and the USA.
School Violence, Bullying, Stress and Mental Health - The PEACE Pack Intervention
School violence and the stress associated with a particular manifestation (school bullying) is frequently traumatic for young people and can impact markedly on subsequent mental health sequela. Current data suggests that one in five Australian school students is bullied once a week or more and that cyber-bullying is associated with greater anxiety and depression than ‘traditional’ schoolyard bullying. Educators can and do make an important and significant difference in the reduction of bullying and the enhancement of mental health and wellbeing in the classroom context. The P.E.A.C.E Pack Program: Coping with Bullying- Promoting Wellbeing was designed to facilitate this work. The program addresses all forms of bullying; physical, verbal, exclusion and cyber-bullying, with a strong emphasis on building the productive coping skills of the victims of bullying and involving students in a review of their own schoolyard experiences. Unlike other anti-bullying programs, the PEACE Pack takes a whole-of-school approach and focusses on relationship-building and decision-making among bullying perpetrators as well as bystanders, whose own wellness is considered to be integral to the ‘bullying solution’. Importantly, the PEACE Pack includes particular tools to support young people with special needs who may be experiencing bullying. Formal evaluations since 2001; involving pre and post testing and longitudinal studies and more than 12,000 students and their teachers in Australia, Italy, Greece, Malta and Japan show that the P.E.A.C.E Pack Program achieves significant reductions in self-reported victimization, reductions in bullying of other students, increases in coping skills, feelings of safety at school, school belonging and benefits to the reported wellbeing of students.