Prevention. Action. Change. offers both public courses and private classes and seminars for individuals, groups, organizations, businesses and government agencies. Each training is tailored to the particular needs and concerns of the participants.
Workplace Safety Training: This highly interactive seminar helps organizations identify barriers to the achievement of a truly safe and supportive workplace presented by organizational policies and protocols, staff roles, and personal challenges. Participants gain skills in assertive communication, boundary setting, and de-escalation, awareness of safety issues, learn physical escape and response skills, and explore trauma healing and trigger prevention and response. 8 hours. This training can also add in a focus on any of the following: sexual harassment prevention and response, active bystander intervention, de-escalation, trauma healing, and adrenaline management.
Lunch-n-Learn Workshops: One hour presentations include: Effective Communication in the Workplace, 4-Elements of Communication, Dealing with Conflicts, Day to Day Self Defense, and Child Safety.
Empowerment Self Defense Training: Due to their increased risk of harassment, assault, and abuse PAC self defense courses are targeted to women, LGBTQ people, and those with disabilities.
• Adults: Our basic 5 hour training offers participants the opportunity to raise their awareness, enhance safety skills, and gain inner confidence and outer strength. Participants explore issues through discussions and activities and take on every day challenging interactions at work, home, and in the public, learning to set boundaries and de-escalate situations. Physical self defense skills taught include strikes and grab defenses, are practical, effective, and fun and accessible to all regardless of physical conditioning or ability.
• College Self Defense Course: Focused on safety issues for female-identified and LGBTQ students, this 6 to 12 hour course addresses common safety concerns of college students related to life on campus and in the community, travel, the workplace, and relationships. Participants gain skills in assertive communication and boundary setting, de-escalation, and bystander intervention. Physical defense skills include strikes and escape skills and do not require physical strength to be effective. Students engage with one another around the underlying issues that perpetuate campus violence and gain knowledge of their rights under Title IX and discuss ways to create change.
• Young Adult Programs: Training for middle and high school students provide increased awareness of safety issues, new verbal and physical self-defense skills, tools and tips for increasing safety, and a greater clarity about setting limits and expressing needs. Students explore the roots of gender-based violence, learn how to reduce their risks, and to become active bystanders for their peers. Transitions training offers 8th and 12th grade students opportunities to reflect upon and prepare for upcoming challenges. For older students risks related to college life are specifically addressed.
• Parent/Student Self Defense Training engages students with their parents to learn and practice physical, verbal, and mental skills for feeling safe and respected in everyday life as well as in potentially dangerous situations. Parents and young people explore their different perspectives while gaining practical safety skills.
Active Bystander Intervention: The goal of this three-hour training is to give participants the awareness to recognize micro-aggressions and identity-based harassment in the early stages and the skills to intervene both for their own safety and as an effective ally to others targeted. The training is highly engaging using small group and pair exercises, role-play, and movement to generate discussion and create an engaging and impactful learning environment.
De-escalation: This training teams gain and enhance their skills in recognizing and anticipating escalating or unsafe situations and physical, verbal, and environmental tools to de-escalate situations along the continuum of escalation. Training also covers methods to protect and/or extricate oneself when de-escalation has failed and you feel threatened and pre and post action tools for adrenaline management and recovery.
Healing through Empowerment: Healing through Empowerment uses mindfulness techniques, body-based exercises, discussion, role play, verbal and physical self defense techniques, and reflection as tools for healing from abuse and assault trauma. Learn to observe and honor your own responses and preferences as felt in the body and develop practices to identify and express what you want, need, and feel in your own life. With an emphasis on choice and control, explore and gain tools for managing adrenalin, connecting with the body and feeling its strength and stability for safety, healing, and growth.