$90 – $149

De-Escalation: Grace under Fire

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Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space

1200 12th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98144

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Aggression and violence touch all areas of society, and we can no longer have any illusions that nonprofits, businesses, or schools are a sanctuary.

Nonprofit staff that work closely with clients who are emotionally unstable are especially vulnerable. These problems are compounded by substance abuse or mental illness. On occasion, the aggressive individuals they encounter can be co-workers.

With recent news of shootings and workplace violence rocking the country, we’re now having important conversations about how we can prevent more tragedies from taking place in our neighborhoods. The ability to understand and recognize dangerous behavior and the willingness to learn de-escalation techniques is a great place to start.

Participant Outcomes

  • Calming and de-escalating conflict with aggressive individuals
  • Recognizing and effectively communicating with mentally ill or drug intoxicated individuals
  • Using spacing, stance, the eyes, and voice to calm an individual or establish safety
  • Preventing emotional distress and burnout

Preventing problems before they happen is one step we can take toward making our society more peaceful. Specific topics that will be addressed include:

  • Verbal de-escalation techniques
  • Recognition of patterns of behavior associated with people who are emotionally dis-regulated, whatever the cause, and methods of de-escalation appropriate to individuals in such conditions
  • Basic understanding of behavioral patterns of people with mental illness
  • Use of spacing, stance, vocal tone, and the eyes to calm an individual or establish control


Meet the Trainer

Ellis Amdur, M.A., Edgework founder, received his B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1974, and his M.A. in psychology from Seattle University in 1990. He is both a National Certified Counselor and a State Certified Child Mental Health Specialist. Ellis has worked in the field of crisis intervention since 1988. He has developed a range of training and consultation services, as well as a unique style of assessment and psychotherapy. These are based on a combination of phenomenological psychology and the underlying philosophical premises of classical Japanese martial traditions.

In April, he will be releasing a new book, Words of Power, which will offer de-escalation skills to ordinary people who, unlike his previous professional audience, only face aggressive individuals on an occasional basis. All of his written work can be accessed through www.edgeworkbooks.com


Cancellation policy:

The cancellation fee is $45.

If you must cancel your registration, you may request a refund minus the $45 fee up to 3 working days prior to the workshop date. After this date, no refunds will be issued. Please note that “no-shows” will be charged the full workshop fee. All fees must be received within 90 days after the workshop or a service fee of $45 will be added.


Questions?

Please inform Bridget Chan at bridget@501commons.org if you need to cancel or make amendments to your registration.

Contact Pragya Madan at pragya@501commons.org for more information about this workshop.

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