If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do?
Active Bystanders’ Training helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. The training heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others.
Active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. Bystanders gain competencies they need if they decide to act when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling.
This training is a pilot project, co-sponsored by Open Spirit and Jewish Family Services of Metrowest. It is offered without charge; we ask participants to help us evaluate it for future groups. It is led by Rev. Liz Magill, working with Quabbin Mediation’s program.
The number of participants is limited and registration is required.