December 22, 2017
Active Bystander Training
Saturday January 27
1 – 3 PM
Are you an Active Bystander? If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do? How do you decide?
Portsmouth Public Library will host an Active Bystander Training workshop on Saturday, January 27 from 1 – 3 PM.
Limit 50 participants. Please call 766-1720 or visit the Reference Desk to register.
Training Active Bystanders (TAB) helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyzes the situation in which they find themselves, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. The TAB curriculum heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. It emphasizes that active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need, instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. TAB gives bystanders the competencies they need when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling. When people have the tools to create justice in the moment of need, it can transform those who take the training, the trainers, and the community.
This 2-hour workshop was created by Quabbin Mediation of Orange, MA and will be taught by founder Sharon Tracy.
Founded in 1995, Quabbin Mediation is a community-based organization committed to helping people in Central and Western Massachusetts resolve conflicts, acquire communication skills, and intervene in harmdoing situations. Sharon and the other founding staff worked with Orange District Court personnel, the Presiding Justice, attorneys, police, businesses, school principals, human service agencies, and faith organizations to create an organization that would serve the needs of the North Quabbin area. Over the years, the organization’s staff and volunteer mediators have helped many thousands of people resolve their disputes. Quabbin Mediation is a member of the international Association of Conflict Resolution and of the National Association for Community Mediation.