Community of C.A.R.E.
A phrase we use to describe Butler University’s encouraging and supportive atmosphere where everyone is empowered to engage in healthy behaviors, to support others in doing the same and to look out for one another. Our collective responsibility fosters a strong, healthy, and connected community.
This concept has evolved into an empowered bystander model taking on the acronym C.A.R.E. It stands for:
C - Concern
A - Assume responsibility
R - React
E - Evaluate and follow-up
Research shows that a person is less likely to intervene in an emergency situation when others are present than when they are alone. It is our natural inclination to assume that someone else will address the problem.
Our commitment to C.A.R.E. encourages us to acknowledge concerning situations, assume personal responsibility, and have knowledge of safe and positive options for intervening. Effective reactions, depending on the situation, could be direct (personally stepping in or speaking up) or indirect (enlisting the help of a peer or a professional, such as friends, a resident assistant, University Police or a counselor.
The Community of C.A.R.E. is just an idea. The daily actions of our students, faculty, and staff make it real.
For more information or to request a C.A.R.E. training, please contact Steve Hines, Psy.D. HSPP, Staff Psychologist/ Outreach Coordinator.