Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program


Here at Illinois Wesleyan University, we are committed to providing Step Up! Bystander Intervention Training, with the hopes of increasing students, faculty and staff’s understanding of their role in maintaining a community of care and trust and also to introduce them to the importance of being an active bystander.  Since August 2013, 833 students, faculty and staff have been trained by Counseling and Consultation Services in multiple venues (RA Trainings, Greek Organizations/New Member Program, Awareness Events/Campus-Wide).  These trainings are ongoing, and can be requested.  We look forward to increasing the number of individuals trained at IWU!

The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program, along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and national leading experts, has developed the Step UP! Be a Leader, Make a Difference program.

Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students 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 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

Most problematic behaviors on college campuses involve bystanders. Step UP! training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, reviews relevant research and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the 5 Decision Making Steps, and the S.E.E. Model (Safe; Early; Effective).

You can all make a significant difference. Thank you for your interest!

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