Step UP

Step Up Bystander Intervention Training

Have you ever been concerned about a situation and wanted to help...but didn't? This situation is more common than you might think, and is known as the bystander effect.  Step Up training provides a framework explaining the bystander effect, and teaches skills for intervening successfully using the 5 Decision Making Steps, and the S.E.E. Model (Safe; Early; Effective).  This training will help you learn strategies and techniques to intervene directly or indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

Training Goals

  • Recognize reasons why people may not intervene.
  • Develop specific intervention skills.
  • Increase motivation and confidence to help.
  • Empower participants to act on their values.
  • Create a safer, healthier, more caring environment.

Step Up was created by the University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program and developed for Loyola University New Orleans by the Office of Student Affairs.

Training Sessions 

The Step Up training is a 1.5-hour interactive program.  To request a session for your organization, class, or department, email Diana M. Ward, Ph.D. at  


There are a number of strategies you can use for effective helping.  The following Step Up resources are available in addition to the training session.

Strategies for Effective Helping

5 Point Formula and Sample Script

Values Based Decision Worksheet

The 5 Core Questions

Download the Step Up complete student guide HERE