Bystander Intervention

Gain the skiils needed to recognize and interrupt moments of harm of potential harm



Whether it’s a member of the public, a client, student, or a coworker, people sometimes say or do things that cannot be tolerated in the workplace. When frustration has caused someone to lose their temper, political beliefs have led to a confrontation, or a lack of knowledge causes someone to make discriminatory remarks, you can intervene and put a stop to the behavior

Attend this live, interactive class to learn the 5 Step and 3 D’s of Bystander Intervention, practice using them, and get answers to your questions.



This program is for anyone who has witnessed inappropriate comments and/or behaviors in the workplace, didn't know how to respond, and wishes to gain the knowledge and skill to intervene in the future.



  • Introduction to Bystander Intervention: What it is and why it matters
  • Understanding and utilizing the 5 Steps of Bystander Intervention
    1. Situational Awareness: Noticing what's going on
    2. Interpreting a situation as a problem
    3. Assuming personal responsibility
    4. Knowing how to intervene
    5. Taking action (intervening)
  • Intervention options: The 3 D's
    1. Direct
    2. Distract
    3. Delegate



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October 18, 2022
8:30am - 11:30am ET
Live Interactive Program via Zoom




  • All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.

MSU employee discount available. Please contact Kristi White at for more information.


Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, is an Associate Professor, Associate Director, and Director of Professional Development in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, with a concentration in Communications, and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders, and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners’ ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, and conducting workplace investigations.

With her passionate and engaging style, Dr. Riley develops and presents customized leadership development programs for both public and private sector organizations, from manufacturing to the Courts. Organizational leaders and HR professionals from across the globe including Bahrain, Cameroon, Canada, Georgia, Nigeria have participated in her workshops.



    • Cancellation more than three weeks prior to the program start date: full refund.
    • Cancellation two weeks prior to the program start date: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation after program materials have been posted/provided to participants (normally 2 days prior to program start date): no refund.
    • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.

    • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start: 50% cancellation fee.
    • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start: no refund.
    • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program. Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs (when in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.



  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


NOTE: Due to the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19, we are temporarily reducing the number of continuing education credits required for recertification to 14 credits. This reduction applies to recertifications that are due in December 2022.

This program has been approved for 3 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

Learn more about Recertification



  • All course materials.
  • Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.



  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.

Questions?  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at