Do you want to be prepared to help, if you see someone being bullied? How can you help? How can you do this safely? How can you do this without risk of making things worse? Bystander Intervention techniques teach ways to reduce the impact of aggressive social behavior.
What is bystander intervention?
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 bystander intervention training?
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.
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.
Can I put together a group and have you come teach us?
Any group that wants to ask me to come, should contact me.
I can effectively handle 10 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 10-15 willing people, we can figure out a date and time to conduct this class.
How long is the class and what times can you do it?
Currently, the class is configured as 2 two-hour evening classes, 7-9 PM. I have a request for a single 4-hour daytime class. I can do that. Times for this can be 10-2 or 12-4 or 2-6. This would have a half-hour break or two fifteen-minute breaks.
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?
No one is turned away for inability to pay. Suggested donation is $30-60 for the four-hour program. When I work in non-profit settings, I am sharing these donations with the venue.