Bystander Intervention Role
This training is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates to be proactive in helping others. Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes don’t help. As a result, they are more likely to help in the future. The goals are to raise awareness of helping behaviors, increase motivation to help, develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns, and ensure the well-being of oneself and others.
Most problematic behaviors involve bystanders. This training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, reviews relevant research, and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the decision-making steps. In our daily lives, there are multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate including, among other things, cannabis or alcohol abuse, harassment, sexual assault or relationship abuse, and discrimination. The majority of the time a problem could have been avoided with intervention and most indicated they would like to learn skills to intervene.
Although research exists about bystander behavior in general, there has not been an interdisciplinary, comprehensive bystander intervention program. This training will help to learn strategies and techniques for intervening both directly and indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Doing so can lead to fewer problems as well as improve “company culture” and the general life of everyone. This training is not meant to cover all possible scenarios or variables, so it is imperative to have an open, honest, and non-judgmental discussion to consider their ability to make a difference. It’s vital to set aside any biases, history, or preconceived notions before beginning the training and to continue identifying any that may arise during the training.