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Preventing and Interrupting Harassment Through Active Bystander Training

Feb. 27, 2019, 1pm-4pm


The goal of this three-hour training is to give participants the awareness to recognize microaggressions and identity-based harassment in the early stages, and the skills to intervene both for their own safety and as an effective ally to others targeted in the workplace, in public, and other settings. This is a highly engaging training using small group work, pair exercises, and movement to generate discussion and create a fun and impactful learning environment. The training focuses on four areas: 
  1. Grounding: Participants will learn and practice tools for managing adrenaline in high stress situations. 
  2. Boundary Setting: Participants will explore tools for boundary setting and self-advocacy in a range of situations including when they are targeted for harassment. 
  3. De-escalation: Participants will share and practice skills for intervening in heightened situations to avoid and interrupt escalation. 
  4. Bystander Intervention: Participants will discuss and practice ways to intervene directly, indirectly, and through use of distraction in a range of situations from microaggressions to overt harassment. The focus is firmly on interventions that increase the safety of the person targeted rather than on confronting the harasser. Participants also explore resources and tools for recording and reporting harassment.

Intended Audience: Tools provided in this training are helpful for anyone who interacts with the public, manages volunteers, hosts events of any size, and can be applied to any office setting in general.

Cost + Registration:
  • $65 MANP Members / $105 Non-members
  • To register yourself, click the link below
  • To register someone else, email Learn@NonprofitMaine.org

About the Presenter:
Clara Porter has over 20 years of experience in the field of violence prevention and response. She holds a Masters of Social Work, is certified in empowerment self-defense (ESD) with both the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation and Center for Antiviolence Education, as well as in advanced trauma first aide. In recent years Porter has been engaged in applying ESD approaches to the work environment, engaging organizations in identifying the barriers that exist to a safe and fulfilling workplace and crafting health-promoting solutions. Since 2016, Prevention. Action. Change. has also trained community members across Maine to recognize and safely intervene to address incidents of identity-based harassment.

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Location: The Opportunity Alliance
50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, ME 04106
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