University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bystander Intervention: Stepping In with Care and Confidence

Course Description

Have you ever witnessed something that left you uneasy or concerned for another person at work, but you didn’t know how to step in and improve the situation—so you did nothing? You are not alone. It is common to feel unsure of what to do when we witness behavior that concerns us.

This highly interactive workshop will introduce you to important intervention skills for building healthy, inclusive, and engaging workplaces. You will have the opportunity to practice multiple intervention options in real-life scenarios, and will leave equipped with options to interrupt and improve concerning workplace situations when they arise.

Why should you attend?

  • Learn skills that build your confidence and increase motivation to identify, intervene, and interrupt behaviors that negatively impact the workplace.
  • Examine various options for effectively intervening and improving negative situations through the 4 D Model.
  • Develop your ability to assess a situation and confidently select an effective intervention option.
  • Practice bystander interventions and skills to use in your workplace, including what to say.

To make the most of this workshop, participants are strongly encouraged to first attend the following workshops, or be familiar with the content covered:


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Tamie Klumpyan, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


Engagement, Inclusion, Diversity


This course is part of the Inclusion@UW program.

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