Author Terri Ryan is set to host a three day intensive workshop on the topic of bullying at Glencomeragh House, Kilsheelan from March 13th-15th.
Terri’s most recent book ‘The Bullies Predatory Footprint’ offers readers an insight into the opportunistic and cruel behaviour of bullying that is exercised to repress and maintain an ascendancy of dominance and control over others.
She intends to utilise her research and experience to enlighten attendees of the workshop on this “power and control” driven issue.
“I had a reasonably cosseted life going to boarding school at 12 and it wasn’t until much later in life that I learnt of the treatment of children in Ireland within the Industrial School system. This shocked me very much and made me question the way systems and power works to the benefit of the individual or not. As a mother I was horrified that all the love and development of children cherished in the home could be undone within the harsh environments of some school playgrounds, and as a school teacher, I witnessed bullying in the school too,” Terri says.
The Mitchelstown woman (with Tipperary origins) says she also witnessed “a considerable amount of bullying” during her time in the public service and in managerial roles. She explains: “I came to know second hand about the particularly cruel bullying that took place of a proud elderly man with 6 children. He was humiliated publically repeatedly by a senior female manager, and made to do the most unpleasant tasks. Overtime, his responsibilities were removed publically, and he experienced the intimidatory use of competence and disciplinary procedures. He was excessively monitored, with various formal rules applied and targeting procedures specifically towards him making him account for his every move and action. The man finally broke down. His union did nothing to help and although I wasn’t in his Department I believe his colleagues joined in the effort to oust him. Even if the man was grossly incompetent, I didn’t understand why he was not allowed his dignity”.
Terri’s aims to clarify the legislation available, the role of unions, and the policies, procedures and guidelines available in schools, workplaces and on social media sites amongst others when she visits Glencomeragh House. For more information, visit www.glencomeragh.ie.