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Step Up!

Step UP! is a bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others.

Step UP! training will prepare students to identify a situation as a problem and to intervene safely, thereby reducing the outcomes of problematic behaviors. The goals for students are:

  • Recognize reasons why people may not intervene
  • Develop specific intervention skills
  • Increase motivation and confidence to help.
  • Empower participants to act on their values.
  • Create a safer, healthier, more caring environment.

Step UP! aims to positively affect MCC students, employees and the community by utilizing the S.E.E. Model: Safe Responding, Early Intervention and Effective Helping.

  • Safe – never put yourself in harm's way but talk to someone, make a phone call (911 if necessary) and/or engage others.
  • Early – intervene early before the problem becomes a crisis or disaster.
  • Effective – know what to do and how to do it.

Step UP! teaches five decision making steps:

  • Notice the event.
  • Interpret the event as a problem.
  • Assume personal responsibility.
  • Know how to help (safe intervention or seek outside help).
  • Implement the help – Step UP!

These skills will not only impact student decision making on campus, but will serve them in the future as they protect family, friends and fellow citizens. These skills are applicable in all environments.

For more information call any Counseling Office at 816.604.1000.