General Bystander Intervention Program

Being in college, involved in organizations and groups or just being active in life, we live in community, which brings us into contact with situations that may need outside help. Research indicates many alcohol, drug, violence, discrimination and other type of incidents are witnessed by people or some parts of it are known by others not involved directly.  What kind of helpers are we?  What kind of helpers do we want to be?  What responsibilities do we have? What information, knowledge, or skills do we need to be the kind of helpers we want to be?  Step Up - Peers Helping Peers is an interactive program designed to help us understand more about ourselves as helpers in a variety of situations, what kind of help is needed, and how that help can be provided. It is based on open, honest and non-judgmental discussion in response to scenarios, video segments, role playing activities and discussion questions. The learning goals of this two-hour training are:

•         Understand own behaviors & attitudes about helping.

•         Understand why help might be needed.

•         Reflect on what help could be offered and performed.

•         Increase awareness, motivation & confidence to help.

•         Learn more about helping - direct & indirect/, emergency/non-emergency,...

•         Understand the importance of perspective taking.

•         Reflect on possible personal strategies of helping by participating in discussions reflecting on scenarios, video segments and role playing activities.

•         Increase the likelihood of helping in problematic or high risk situations.