SDCA is pleased to present..


The Heroic Imagination Project

Friday, September 23, 2022
(lunch will be provided)
6.0 Contact Hours will be available
Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center-Sioux Falls


This training will be divided into three sessions, each with its own objectives.

In our first session, we introduce the Heroic Imagination Project, define what we mean when we talk about heroic behavior and everyday heroism, discuss the hero’s journey, and break attendees into small groups for a series of discussions on these topics.

In our second session, we discuss the psychological barriers that prevent people from taking action on behalf of others. We consider some of the psychological research on bystander behavior and we also talk about real-world examples of inaction.

In our final session, we bring our own research to the table and present four things that anyone can do to prepare for a time when heroic action is needed. We present findings from one of our recently-published journal articles and also from a major research project in progress to give attendees a picture of what differentiates heroes from bystanders.

What is the Heroic Imagination Project? What started initially as the controversial Stanford Prison Experiment by Dr. Philip Zimbardo in 1971 became a collective social experiment called the Heroic Imagination Project, a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to training people to act in more heroic ways. Since 2010, HIP has been conducting trainings and workshops for businesses and schools across the United States and many nations around the world. Whether taking on bullying, improving workplace culture, or confronting discrimination, HIP has been committed to teaching skills so people and groups can act heroically every day. Learn more HERE

Presenters: Thomas Sartor-Thomas Sartor is the Vice President of the Heroic Imagination Project and a partner/event director for the Hero Round Table series of conferences. Thomas has spent the last eight years helping build and grow the everyday heroism community worldwide.

Ari Kohen- Ari Kohen is Professor of Political Science, Schlesinger Professor of Social Justice, and Director of the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. His books, Untangling Heroism: Classical Philosophy and the Concept of the Hero (2014) and In Defense of Human Rights: A Non-Religious Grounding in a Pluralistic World (2007) were published by Routledge. Recent articles have appeared in Human Rights Review, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Discourse & Society,Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Social Justice Research, Politics, and Polis. Kohen is the co-editor of a book series with the University of Nebraska Press—Contemporary Holocaust Studies—that focuses on contemporary research and teaching on the Holocaust. The first volume, Unlikely Heroes: The Place of Holocaust Rescuers in Research and Teaching, was published in 2019 and the second volume, Antisemitism on the Rise: The 1930s and Today, was published in 2021.


SDCA Affiliate; Professional; New Professional Members: $125

SDCA Retired or Student Members: $80

Non-Members: $200
Group Rate (5 attendees): $750 download a group registration form HERE or email us at [email protected] to access this rate.

Register Online HERE
* This is a LIVE event, and will not be recorded.

LODGING INFORMATION:  Rooms may be booked at the Best Western Plus  Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center at (605) 336-0650. There is a block of rooms for the SD Counseling Association at the rate of $110.00. The block will be released on August 22 and the rate cannot be guaranteed after that time.

REFUNDS: Cancellation requests must be received prior to Sep 1, 2022– Entire registration fee less 20% for processing. NO REFUND for cancellations made after Sep 1, 2022.

Requests for cancellations and refunds must be made in writing by mail or email 
Mail requests: SDCA PO Box 95 Aberdeen SD 57402
Email requests: [email protected]


   The South Dakota Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2042. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The South Dakota Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This organization, The South Dakota Counseling Association approval ID 1058, is approved as a provider for continuing education by the: South Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners. 
Rebecca Christiansen-ACEP Administrator
Po Box 95
Aberdeen SD 57402-0095
[email protected]