An active bystander training teaches effective skills for assessing, de-escalating, and diffusing a problematic situation. Active bystander training focuses on a bystander observing a problematic situation and determining if and how to intervene. This is distinct from self-assertion training that teaches how to de-escalate and diffuse unwanted attention when you are being attacked. An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.
This is a beginner’s workshop designed for those that may have none to little prior studies of bystander intervention. Participants are asked to commit to each of the three sessions as they will build off each other.
This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by: deploying unarmed civilian protection and peacekeeping units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, offering peace education for children and adults, providing crisis mediation, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches. www.dcpeaceteam.com
Facilitators:Eliane Lakam is a well-rounded and enthusiastic trainer who believes in the power of education in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes. Prior to joining DC Peace Team, Eliane served as a Bystander Intervention Trainer and advocate for several non-profit organizations and community groups including the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRF), One Love Foundation. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Prince George’s Community College, where she was the liaison between the board, the college staff, the faculty, and more than 40,000 students. On her spare time, Eliane can be found in a secret meditation room or searching for a free classical music concert in D.C.
Sal Corbin has worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is currently a Housing Specialist for Friendship Place and a Program Coordinator for the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict management as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.