Bystander Intervention Workshops

When and How to React If You See Someone Being Harassed?

Times have been challenging as hate crimes and violence are on the rise. Domestic violence has escalated during the pandemic and angry rhetoric is all over social media and in public spaces. Our day-to-day lives can increasingly feel uncertain. We wonder what we’d do if we saw someone getting harassed or put in harm’s way. Bystander Intervention workshops give your employees the tools they need to assess situations and determine whether or not to interrupt the harm and violence. If they decide to intervene, they will have the skills to do so while keeping a watchful eye on their own safety and that of others. 

Workshop Custom Designed to Fit Your Needs:

  • Connect with Silvia 
  • Quick phone call with you or your chosen team
  • The survey is designed and your staff gives feedback
  • Using the data gleaned from your employees, your workshop is custom-built to meet their specific needs, ensuring that class hits home on every level

Investment: $495/hour – 2 hour minimum

Travel: negotiated beyond the Portland Metro Area.


Consider the four-hour hybrid Self Defense/De-escalation/Active Shooter workshop.

Your investment: $1695

Contact Silvia to discuss options.

The Bystander Intervention Workshop Will Cover:


How do you move through the world fully present?

~ Empowerment


What do you need to look for and be aware of?

~ How to decide what to do


What skills do you need to intervene safely and stop the harm?

~ Options & Strategies

Silvia’s Street Creds


Sixth Degree Black Belt – Over Three Decades of Teaching and Training

Master’s Degree in Education – Focus on Special Needs

National Women’s Martial Arts Federation – Certified Empowerment Self Defense Instructor

Association of Women Martial Arts Instructors Hall of Fame, Class of 2020

FBI Portland CAAA Executive Board: Family, Safety, Community

This workshop was invaluable for what our team does with daily interactions. So many of the scenarios we worked on are exactly what I’ve been exposed to in my duties. Kudos to TriMet for arranging this much needed, timely personal training!

Stephanie Thornton

On Street Customer Field Rep, TriMet

This workshop was incredibly helpful. I’ve never had this kind of training. It was so worth it! I learned to remember to breathe, as well as to avoid/disarm a potential weapon.

This was a great class and I wish we had more time!

Being able to practice staying calm while someone is yelling at me was so important. I feel like I can trust myself and stand up for myself while working to make a situation safer.

City of Portland, Urban Forestry Department