Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-School Counseling (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Bair

Academic Year



Bullying is a world-wide problem impacting students physically, emotionally, and mentally. Research has shown that bullies lack positive relationships and a sense of belonging at school. Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) is a proactive plan used to teach appropriate behaviors and prevent behavior problems. The program implements three tiers of support for students. This project explores the use of a Tier 2 PBIS intervention as a method to increase students’ relationship building skills and belongingness and decrease negative and bullying behaviors. The Tier 2 intervention consists of small group curriculum that focus on social skills to teach students to improve their communication skills to allow them to build better relationships and friendships thus increasing their sense of belonging at school. To determine the effectiveness of the small group sessions, a pre/post-test will be used to assess students’ growth.

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