Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training

Feb. 7, 2017

Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training

Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training is now available to any interested groups at Webster University. The training program teaches students skills to effectively intervene in problem situations they see on campus. These situations can range from simple to serious. The list of topics includes: relationship abuse, discrimination, hazing, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and depression. The goals of Step UP! are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors
  • Increase motivation to help
  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

The session can be delivered in 60 minutes, or in a more complete 90-minute version which allows for more interactivity. Eleven staff members were trained as facilitators on February 2, representing the office of diversity and inclusion, the multicultural center and international student affairs, the dean of students office, housing and residential life, athletics, office of student engagement, the university center, and first-year experience and undergraduate persistence. If you’re interested in having a training session for your group, contact studentaffairs@webster.com.

The Step Up! Program was developed by the University of Arizona in collaboration with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Their statistics show that most other bystander intervention trainings are focused on one specific scenario, like the “It’s on Us” initiative, which exclusively addresses sexual assault. The Step UP! program is effective in a wide variety of scenarios. More information can be found at: http://stepupprogram.org/

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