Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program
Have you ever witnessed a situation that did not seem right, but you did not intervene and later wished you had? Perhaps you thought you should not get involved, or that someone else would help. In situations where someone might be harmed or is struggling, there is often someone else who notices the warning signs before the issue becomes a problem.
About Step Up!
Step Up! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that uses workshops and communications to teach community members how to be that someone who steps up and helps others. Step Up!:
- Identifies reasons why people may not intervene;
- Provides five steps and three strategies to safely intervene; and
- Creates a safer and supportive environment for the Haven community.
Step UP! is based on a national program http://stepupprogram.org adopted by more than 120 colleges and universities nationwide. It has demonstrated success in helping students feel empowered to act and giving them a specific process and resources to intervene in a safe, early, effective way in situations that could endanger the health and safety of others. Step Up! teaches you how to effectively intervene in a variety of emergency situations.
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
Five steps and 3 (D) strategies
- Notice the event.
Be aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you.
- Interpret the event as a problem
Sometimes, we are not sure what we are witnessing. For example, if you see a student laying on the ground at 2:00 am. One could think the student is simply sleeping. But, what if the person is not sleeping and is actually having a medical emergency. Step 2 encourages students to trust their instincts. If something does not seem right, it probably is not. If a situation catches your attention and seems a bit off, interpret it is a problem.
- Assume personal responsibility.
Bystander research shows people are less likely to help if they are in a large group or in a crowd. Why? Often we think someone else will help, or if everyone else is not helping, then it must not be a problem. Be that someone who does something. If not you, then who?
- Know how to help.
The key to intervening is effectively knowing how and when to help, and more importantly, knowing how to help safely. The Step Up! program uses the S.E.E. Model
Safe Responding- Do not put yourself in a dangerous situation.
Early Intervention-Intervening early can avoid a small problem growing into a harmful situation.
Effective Helping-Effective helping is any helping.
- Step Up! Direct. Distract. Delegate.
- Direct-Directly addressing the situation.
For example, if someone is trying to take an intoxicated student to a room, you can directly intervene by taking the person aside and saying, “Hey, that person looks drunk. I don’t think it’s a good idea”.
- Distract-Making a simple distraction to diffuse the situation.
For example, if a couple is arguing and things are getting heated, you can call one of the person’s cell phones or you can tell one of them that someone is outside looking for them.
- Delegate-Finding someone else to address the concern.
This is a good option if you do not feel safe to directly intervening, you are not sure what to do, or you simply do not want to get directly involved. For example, if you are concerned about a friend’s wellbeing, you can tell an RA or a professional in the Counseling Center.
YOU are part of the Lock Haven University Community. We need you to Step Up!, Be a leader, make a difference. If you are interested in training for your group or organization, please submit your request to Sherry Moore firstname.lastname@example.org or George Rusczyk email@example.com