Customized bystander training for your school, college, or business
- Are based in a community responsibility model,
- Provide a framework for assessing, responding to, and preventing harassment in the workplace, schools, social and community environments,
- Present evidence from psychological studies on bystander behavior to help participants understand their own past behavior and the behavior of other bystanders,
- Provide data about the frequency of social bias-harassment and sexual assault, and about the harmful effects of harassment and why intervention is critical,
- Describe the range of behaviors that are unacceptable and legally actionable,
- Increase empathy for targets of harassment,
- Increase awareness of when harassment is occurring,
- Provide skills and tools for more effectively providing support to targets of harassment,
- Offer a method for assessing when and how to communicate with a harm-doer,
- Build communication skills for having honest and important conversations about discrimination and harassment that build bridges, educate the community and increase respect and safety for all members,
- Review the personal and environmental factors that promote and inhibit bystander behavior,
- Address and dispel myths about sexual harassment and rape,
- Identify high risk characteristics of bullies violent perpetrators, and
- Help participants develop new behaviors to help promote respectful, inclusive communities.
Half Day Training
Presentation of statistics and information followed by group discussions, partner and group activities and exercises, videos, and practice with scenarios.
Full Day Training
Our full day bystander intervention training includes the half day content plus a racism timeline and discussion of harassment based on skin color and ethnicity; in depth discussion of sexual assault and sexual harassment; and work on privilege, power, and perspective.
Two Day Training
The two-day training allows more time for covering each topic in depth, helping participants identify their own implicit biases, and working on personal, professional, and organizational goals.
These trainings are based on the following principles:
- All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
- All people deserve to be safe.
- All people deserve to be in their/our home, school, place of employment, and community free from harassment, discrimination and violence.
- All people deserve the opportunity to learn, work, and engage to their fullest capacity without barriers imposed upon them/us because of the social bias of another.
- All people deserve to be judged on their character, rather on their social identities.
- We are all exposed to messages that teach bias. We must continually do internal work to examine our own biases to ensure that we are not causing harm to others.
- We have an ethical and political obligation to step up and help each other when someone is being targeted for biased-based harassment or violence.
- Acting in solidarity with those targeted can reduce the negative impact.
- The optimal way to respond as a bystander is through de-escalation using the principles of non-violence.
- Non-violence, education, and community dialogs are the optimal ways to create peaceful, respectful communities.
- By acting non-violently, we foster empathy, friendship and respect.
- Non-violence chooses love, compassion, and respect over hatred and violence.
- Non-violence can prevent heated situations from escalating.
- Non-violence is based on the belief that through reason and compassion, justice will prevail.
- Non-Violent Communication fosters compassion and openness and the opportunity for people to learn, grow, shift positions and develop new behaviors.
- Inclusion does not mean that you have to like everyone or make everyone your close friend. It means treating people with respect and fairness.