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Mobs, Bullies and the Workplace: Counseling Implications For Workplace Abuse

Stopping the Violence

Research indicates that as many as 54 million American workers have experienced some form of abusive workplace.  Mobbing and bullying are two forms of workplace abuse that have extreme consequences for targets and their families.  Of the two, mobbing results in extreme consequence for victims and their families. Mobbing is the intentional prolonged malicious harassment of a coworker by a small group of other workers in order to force the target out of the workplace. It is a vicious, intentional and emotional assault created through innuendo, rumors, lies, threats and public discrediting.  Mobbing results in the humiliation, devaluation, discrediting, degradation, loss of reputation and the removal of the target through termination, extended medical leave, restructuring, suicide, or quitting.  It is a highly traumatizing experience that often results in significant financial, career, health, emotional, and social loss.


Learning Objectives

Workshop members will be introduced to the concept and implications of mobbing and workplace abuse. Audience members will

  • develop an understanding of mob characteristics
  • describe the types, frequencies and purposes of abusive workplace behaviors
  • articulate the extreme clinical and emotional consequences to targets
  • gain skill and understanding around the implications for mental health professionals.

Targets of workplace abuse present with a complex mix of mood and trauma disorders, confusion and shame.  The impact of mobbing has considerable treatment implications for counselors.  The issues are complex and require a broad scope of practice and clinical competencies.  Successfully helping mobbing victims requires a multifaceted approach assessing and treating a multitude of individual clinical presentations, family dynamics, and organizational dynamics.

A Seasoned Professional

Our presenter will be Dr Steven Vensel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Director of Counselor Education, Assistant Professor, Palm Beach Atlantic University. A native South Floridian, Dr. Vensel has accrued over 20,000 hours of professional counseling and supervision experience.  He is a state qualified supervisor for Mental Health Counseling; Marriage & Family Therapist, and Clinical Social Work interns.  He is the associate editor and co-writer of the Encyclopedia of Mental Health and Mental Illness (2016), a four-volume encyclopedia, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development where he specializes in reviewing manuscripts utilizing structural equation modeling.  Dr. Vensel’s research focuses on workplace mobbing and bullying, abusive workplace organizations, and its impact on individuals and their families. Dr. Vensel maintains a clinical counseling practice and provides recovery services to workplace abuse victims as well as advocacy and organizational consultation services for the establishment of workplace abuse policies and response protocols.

Children’s Services Council

2300 High Ridge Road

Boynton Beach, FL 33426
The Children’s Services Council’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and their families and enable them to attain their full potential by providing a unified context within which children’s needs can be identified and resolved by all members of the community. To achieve this, the Council plans, develops, funds, and evaluates programs and promotes public policies which benefit Palm Beach County’s children and families.  We are grateful for their generous hospitality in providing our meeting room for this event.

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  • Children's Services Council

    2300 High Ridge Road

    Boynton Beach, FL 33426

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