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Surviving Violent Encounters (2 day)

This 16-hour seminar is designed to prepare law enforcement officers for violent encounters and threats and improve their ability to survive. It will help them understand and recognize the physiological and psychological changes that occur when a person is suddenly threatened. They will learn how these psychological and physiological changes affect performance and the ability to survive and understand how physical training, mental imagery, tactical self-talk, breathing and centering improve stress inoculation, startle recovery and the ability to apply de-escalation techniques. The instructors will discuss techniques that control stress responses so de-escalation strategies can be effectively applied. The seminar will deal with the latest research on how threats impact psychological and physiological responses, and will explore ancient survival traditions and why these traditions are relevant today. Case studies with audio and video recordings will be used to illustrate principles.