Brandman University Faculty Member Conducts FREE Workplace Bullying Workshop on October 10

(SAN DIEGO, CA)(OCTOBER 1, 2013) — For those who have ever experienced bullying in the workplace, Brandman University is hosting a free workshop entitled, “Seeking Civility? Getting Your Workplace Bully to Back Off,” on Thursday, October 10 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm in room 103, 7460 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA, 92108.    Seating is limited and registration is required.

Brandman University adjunct professor, Catherine M. Mattice, will conduct the workshop and take participants through the process of getting workplace bullies to back off. Mattice is also president of Civility Partners LLC and author of the recently published BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work.  Mattice will outline how bullies operate, how those who are bullied can be assertive and build resilience, and how to talk with their supervisors and human resource department in a way that will get them to listen.

Participants will gain information in the following areas:

•          Definition of bullying, and examples of behaviors

•          Comprehensive knowledge about the social system of bullying, including traits of bullies, targets and organizations

•          An understanding of damage caused to targets, bystanders, and the organization to help those bullied can make a business case to their managers for stopping it

•          The three steps of assertiveness and other communication tactics

•          Knowledge in a person’s own conflict management style and how it affects their reaction to the bully

•          Specific action items to take to address the bullying

•          The keys to building resilience

•          An action plan for successfully talking with managers and getting their help

To register for the class, call 619-296-8660 or email [email protected].


“It might sound shocking at first read, but according to many national and international studies approximately 35% of the workforce is bullied at work,” explains Mattice. “Workplace bullying is repeated and ongoing psychological abuse, including aggressive communication, humiliation, and manipulation and it often drives targets to quit.”

Mattice began studying workplace bullying when she was in graduate school at San Diego State University. “I worked with a bully,” says Mattice, “and not only did I experience the effects on an individual – me – but I saw the repercussions his behavior had on the whole office. I decided to write a paper on this person for school so I could understand him and the office dynamics, and came across the term ‘workplace bullying.’ Turns out academics have been researching this phenomenon for 25 years, and things went from there.”

Mattice is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University where she teaches online communication courses. Civility Partners’ ( mission is to eradicate workplace bullying and help clients create a positive workplace culture. Civility Partners also runs the educational website,, for targets and employers seeking information about workplace bullying.


 About Brandman University 

Brandman University is a private, non-profit institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Established in 1958 and a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman blends a legacy of academic excellence with progressive, innovative curriculum and strong support services designed for working professionals. The university serves more than 12,000 students annually in 50+ undergraduate, graduate, credential, and certificate programs in arts and sciences, business, education and health, both offered online and through 26 campuses in California and Washington.  Brandman’s online programs have been named among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with undergraduate earning the No. 8 spot in the country and No. 1 in California.




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