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Stung by “B”s is now shipping. The paperback is available from this website. The ebook and paperback are also available from Amazon. As a mother-daughter team it has been an incredible journey of discovery for us. We have had a great time talking with people who had stories to share and we appreciate their honesty and self-reflection. As parents, grandparent, and social workers, the topic of manipulative behaviors or “subtle bullying” is of great interest to us and is a timely topic for the world in which we live. We feel privileged to bring this book of true stories to you. We believe that you will find our book as instructive to read as it has been for us to write it.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find what you need.


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About Us

Theresa JK Drinka, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker. She has also been a program developer, administrator, educator, and clinical researcher. In 1996 she established Drinka Consulting and Training, conducting human systems analysis and team development. In addition to co-authoring the book, Health Care Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Practice and Teaching, Dr. Drinka has authored articles, videos, and book chapters on inter-professional dynamics, self-directed work teams, mental health, and patient and team assessment instruments.

Jeni Synnes, M.S.S.W., L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker and a program manager. She has spent her career working primarily in mental health and geriatrics. She specializes in offering behavioral management techniques to staff to help prevent burnout when working with challenging clients and colleagues.

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True Friends

We have missed writing the blog for the past few months. Theresa has been consumed by the process of moving and I have been inundated by changes at work. Hopefully our blogs will become more frequent as things settle down.   When my friend stopped by for a visit the other day he asked me, […]

The Many Faces of a “B”

A few weeks back I posted a picture on Facebook of Jeni and me standing by my propane tank, on which I had painted a picture of a bee. A friend commented that the bee on the propane tank looked rather friendly as compared to the fierce looking bee on the front cover of the […]

New Beginnings

One of the first questions we were asked by potential reviewers of Stung by “B”s, related to our target audience for the book. This was a difficult question to answer because we believe that our book applies to anyone who has been stung by manipulative behaviors, or anyone who might be stung by them. That […]