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Step UP! Facilitator Training hosts 150 participants in California

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help, but didn’t? This is known as the bystander effect, and that’s why the Step UP! Bystander Intervention Program was created.

The third biennial Step UP! Facilitator Training sponsored by the NCAA in conjunction with Step UP! partners was held May 16 and 17 on the campus of the University of California, Irvine. At the training, 150 participants received instruction on the theory and research behind Step UP!, observed a live training demonstration and practiced skills to teach peer intervention to students and student-athletes. The participants can apply these newly learned skills to any number of behavioral issues that lend themselves to safe, early and effective peer intervention: alcohol abuse/alcohol poisoning, sexual assault, discriminatory language, eating disorders, etc. 

A revised and fully scripted facilitator guide, a collection of training scenarios and a wealth of additional training support are available for free at stepupprogram.org.