We are so excited to be continuing our RESPONSE ABILITY® conversation in a more intimate, intentional and expanded format. It is our hope that this is the start of a campus movement. After all, we each have the power and responsibility as individuals and bystanders to make a change in our community.

Heather Howard, Director of Center for Student Leadership, Involvement and Service, Sonoma State University

Determine your values and discover your voice to overcome the bystander effect.

The PersonalPower: A RESPONSE ABILITY® Workshop empowers college students to go beyond bystander behavior and to intervene in problem situations. This workshop fosters personal development and it teaches students to empower others to do the same. Instead of telling individuals what they are doing wrong or what problems exist around them, empower them to take action in order to make positive change on their campus and within their communities.

The news and the media are constantly showing us what is wrong with society and what issues are constantly becoming more and more prevalent, especially on our college campuses. Students know what problems they face, but they don’t always have the tools necessary to combat these issues. Through the lessons shared in the workshop, participants will be guided towards living a life of confidence and integrity.

This workshop explores personal and organizational values, what bystander behavior is, what barriers keep us from intervening, intervention styles and skills and concludes with skill building and a commitment to lead with integrity. The workshop is targeted to impact behaviors like hazing, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual abuse/assault, bullying and discrimination on college campuses.  The workshop is also customizable and open to personalized areas of focus. Participants will be actively engaged in developing their skills.This is the only offering that gives participants a chance to practice intervention skills that will help them make a difference.

Learning Outcomes

  • Commit to being a person of action – living out organizational/personal values and confronting unhealthy behaviors
  • Break down the barriers that keep bystanders from intervening when problematic behavior arises
  • Develop collaborative and supportive relationships with fellow participants
  • Demonstrate and practice strategies for interventions

Workshop Details

  • 5-hour interactive workshop
  • Includes a participant workbook and a post assessment
  • Gives participants an opportunity to practice intervention styles and skills

Who Is This Ideal For?

  • Fraternity and Sorority Organizations
  • Athletes
  • First Year Students
  • Residence Hall Associations
  • Orientation Leaders
  • Student Organizations
  • Peer Educators

For more information about the PersonalPower: A RESPONSE ABILITY®Workshop call 303-745-5545, email or visit