Where Do You Stand? Bystander Intervention Training
WDYS_training_WebThere are many different ways men react to and resist opportunities for intervention. Almost all men know, though, that uncomfortable feeling in their gut when someone crosses a line—a man in anger calling a woman a bitch or another man sexually harassing a woman, for example. But much of the time they may not act on it. Men have been socialized to dismiss that discomfort. This one day training for trainers – grounded in Hilde Nelson’s ideas about dominant and counter stories, Michael Gershon’s theory of the gut as a “second brain,” Salovey and Mayer’s ability-based theory of emotional intelligence, and recent research on how and why men do and don't intervene as active bystanders – prepares professionals and peer educators to conduct an hour-long bystander intervention workshop. Participants will be able to communicate how dominant stories of masculinity impede men’s emotional intelligence and how counter stories connected to “gut check” and emotional intelligence empower men to trust their gut and take action.


All participants will receive the WHERE DO YOU STAND? facilitators guide and curriculum. The training builds on the intervention scenarios in the WHERE DO YOU STAND? campaign materials.

The Day-Long WHERE DO YOU STAND? Bystander Intervention (BI) Training Agenda

I. Introduction
   A. Why men need BI training
   B. BI and the process of environmental change
II. Dominant Stories and Counter Stories of Masculinity
   A. Explaining dominant and counter stories – Hilde Nelson
   B. Real Man exercise and BI
   C. Strongest Man exercise and BI
   A. How the campaign was developed
   B.Connecting campaign materials with a workshop
IV. Continuum of Sexual Violence
   A. The continuum exercise using scenarios from the campaign
   B. Primary prevention and the continuum
V. From the Continuum to BI: Three Components
   A. The importance of stories
   B. Gut Check and Emotional Intelligence
   C. Moving from Gut Check to the BI Toolbox
VI. Wrap Up
   A. Defining a successful BI intervention
   B. Solomon Asch and the social influence process