“Working with PAC is inspiring and energizing! PAC helped my staff feel at ease and comfortable to share their honest thoughts and give the agency feedback. The team-building activities are engaging and fun. PAC was even able to draw out the most reticent  employees. At the end of the day, we left feeling connected, excited and ready to take next steps as an agency.”

-Agency Director

Navigating Challenging Interactions: This 3-session online course is designed to build participant skills in boundary setting, bystander intervention and de-escalation in order to promote and maintain a safe and welcoming workplace or organization.

Session 1 (1.5 hours): addresses situations involving the crossing of personal and professional boundaries and builds skills in assertive communication, boundary setting, and adrenaline management.

Session 2 (2 hours): focuses on situations in which participants are witnesses to the microaggressions and identity-based harassment targeting others. Session 2 explores the 5Ds of Active Bystander Intervention: Delegate, Distract, Delay, Document, and Direct, as well as the role race, class, position, and power play in when and how we intervene.

Session 3 (2 hours): focuses on the direct skill of de-escalation; recognizing the stages and signs of escalation, methods for de-escalating oneself, and the use of effective intervention strategies and tools.

Survey: Prior to the start of the series, participants will receive an anonymous survey asking them to share incidents that have experienced or witnesses in order to best align each course with the needs and concerns of the group. COVID related situations are included in the training.

Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response: This highly interactive training helps employees at every level recognize and understand the dynamics of sexual harassment and practice tools for intervention, response, and reporting when they are the target or when they witness others being targeted. The session also includes material on a range of identity-based microaggressions, helping build empathy and awareness across difference. Fully compliant with Maine State requirements for sexual harassment training. 2-hours

Building a Safe and Welcoming Workplace: This comprehensive training works with teams to identify and address factors contributing to a welcoming and safe workplace climate and the institutional, group, and individual barriers to this goal. Participants gain skills in assertive communication, boundary setting, and de-escalation in tailored scenarios, physical skills for intervention and response, space and situational assessment and planning for change. half or full day

Assert Yourself: This training gives employees the tools they need to: present in their ideas, needs, and positions with confidence and persistence, identify and de-escalate potential conflict points, and manage adrenalin in the moment. 3 hours.

De-escalation and Conflict Management: 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.

Empowerment Self Defense: This training brings together awareness, verbal and physical skills for safety and self-defense. Participants address locations and situations of concern including office and public settings, travel scenarios, and interactions with known and unknown people. Physical skills include dealing with touch that is not welcome but not threatening up to and including physical assault. May be combined with any of the above offerings. 1.5 to 10 hours.

Every training is tailored to the needs and concerns of the company and team. We use pre-surveys to gain input as well as using the full range of engagement tools within the training including: small and large group discussions and activities, pairs work, movement, centering, and grounding techniques.

Interactive: People don’t sit much in our trainings! Unless that is their choice. Choice is an important factor in our work. We assume that many participants in any training have experience harassment, abuse, and or assault in their lives and that people arrive with a full range of life experiences and learning styles. Our trainers are highly skilled and work to create environments which are both challenging and supportive.

Lunch-n-Learn format topics include:

  • Exploring organizational culture
  • Effective Workplace Communication
  • Conflict skill-building
  • Day to day self defense
  • additional custom topics available

Past Trainings

Prevention. Action. Change. partners with organizations to design workplace trainings that are tailored to their specific needs and concerns. Workplace Safety Training has been presented with:

  • Allagash Brewing – Portland, Maine
  • Mano en Mano – Millbridge, Maine
  • Next Gen America – Maine and Arizona
  • University of Southern Maine – Portland, Maine
  • Preble Street Resource Center – Portland, Maine
  • Advocates for Children – Lewiston, Maine
  • Maine Diversity Hiring Coalition – Statewide
  • Health Equity Alliance (HEAL) – Bangor, Maine
  • SMRT Architects – Maine, Massachusetts, New York
  • Maine Mobile Health – Bangor, Maine
  • Port Resources – South Portland, Maine