Active Bystander Training

Training Information

Polykala’s Active Bystander training enables participants to take safe and constructive action against discriminatory and harmful behaviour.  Our training promotes a culture of decentralised social leadership. That means staff (irrespective of position) are supported to stand up for a just, fair and inclusive workplace or community. 

Too often social leadership in the form of starting difficult conversations or holding people to account is left to people from minority backgrounds. Our society, we believe, can do much better. If all of us take responsibility for upholding inclusive tolerant social standards then more of us can develop a sense of belonging. Being an active bystander requires reflectivity, emotional intelligence, courage and a sense of humour. Making a difference is all of our business. 

We begin by reflecting on what people reckon is ‘okay’ and what is ‘not okay’ within the workplace. We then offer a set of tools and behavioural frameworks to change workplace culture through interpersonal interventions. This can flow into wider workplace cultures creating social change. We do with using Forum theatre where participants are learning on their feet and embedding concepts in real-time. 

Key Outcomes

  • 1. Gain awareness of the barriers to bystander intervention.
  • 2. Learn techniques to intervene with skill and finesse.
  • 3. Be able to engage in ‘difficult conversations’ with greater effectiveness.
  • 4. Recognise the potential for social leadership to create inclusive social norms.

Topics Covered

Intention & Impact

Personal & Social barriers to intervention

Direct & indirect intervention techniques

Forum Theatre dynamic roleplay

"The session was very well run, and very engaging. They used a variety of techniques to encourage learning, and appeal to a range of different learning styles. Everyone who attended had a positive perception of the session. I would not hesitate to use Polykala again for more training."
Dr. Laura Aisbett - Community Development Officer, Mitchell Shire Council


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Program Information

Active Bystander training

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  • Delivery mode: Online
  • Workshop length: Half day / Full day
  • 2 expert facilitators
  • 10-25 participants
  • Participant evaluation

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