FAQ about classes

What is active bystander intervention?

Active bystander intervention includes any and all behaviors that interrupt socially aggressive behaviors in public spaces. This can be as interactive as distracting an aggressive person long enough to remove a targeted person from a public space. It includes how to interrupt hate speech and how to stand up against hate speech aimed at you. It can be as non-interactive as helping to remove hate graffiti.

What is active bystander intervention training?

The focus of my work is to arm participants with the tools to assess their own strengths and weaknesses. Then, to provide techniques they can choose from to safely advocate for respect and civility in our society. No two people will make the same choices when witnessing social hostility; the class is designed to help you choose what practices are most likely to work for you. The program draws from curricula for civil disobedience, verbal self-defense, interrupting sexism and date-rape prevention, and interrupting racism and homophobia programs to create a 4-hour program that covers the needs of contemporary America.

I am now trained and certified to provide Bystander Intervention for Teens, which is aimed at children, twelve and older. This program teaches the principals of participatory bystander actions and how they benefit society. This is a two-hour program that is taught by me, with a co-trainer.

Can I put together a group and have you come teach us?

To begin the process of creating a class for your group, register here.
I can effectively handle 12 minimum up to 30 people at a time, if there is a room big enough for 30 people to be talking at once during 1:1 practice sessions. If you can gather 12-15 willing people, we can figure out a date and time to conduct this class.

Can you teach my children?

Children twelve and up can participate in Bystander Intervention for Teens which is designed for a younger audience. This program teaches the principals of participatory bystander actions and how they benefit society. It does not include role playing by participants. This is a two-hour program that is taught by me, with a co-trainer.

Children under twelve are best served by programs aimed at their developmental level. There are anti-bullying curricula available elsewhere.

How long is the class and when can you do it?

Currently, my active bystander program is configured as 2 two-hour evening or afternoon classes. I also run it as a single 4-hour daytime class.

I am now certified to run Bystander Intervention for Teens. This class is done in a single 2-hour meeting.

What are the requirements for a venue?

Space that is big enough for participants to stand up and practice 1:1 in a line. A room where other people are not passing through during the class. MBTA access. I prefer being able to offer unencumbered physical access/single floor level or elevator building, but this is principle as much as practical.

I can travel by car during the weekdays. On weekends, the venue needs to have MBTA access, or someone needs to drive me there.

Can you do this as a webinar?

No. I can’t see a way to offer this as a webinar. In order to get a good sense of bodily safety and judgement about approaches, people need to be in a room together.

What does it cost?

The cost is $60 for the four-hour program, whether the program is done in one four-hour or two two-hour sessions.