The incidences and threats of overt conflict in public workplaces have risen dramatically in recent years. This conflict ranges in severity from explosive verbal clashes to physical confrontations to mortal injury. While the possibility of conflict and violence in the workplace has always existed, recent news reports support the idea that the frequency and type of this “public” violence has taken a dramatic turn for the worst. The danger of workplace violence is increasing in situations where personnel are interacting with increasingly agitated, frustrated, or angry co-workers or members of the public, and/or involved in disciplinary or termination procedures and negotiation.
The use of effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills, not just simply as policy, is the key to diffusing volatile situations. In the event violence does erupt, people who are trained and prepared to quickly remove themselves, and others, from danger stand a substantially greater chance of avoiding injury and the emotional trauma associated with assault.
The session takes into account the mental, emotional, and physical factors essential to achieving a healthy workplace environment.
AACT-Now – Communication and Physical Skills Training: The four focus areas for successfully
dealing with potentially confrontational, conflictual, and violent situations are:
1) Awareness: Identifying Dangerous Interpersonal Dynamics. Accurately recognizing and understanding the text and subtext of the messages we receive from others reduces our risk of being caught unawares or finding ourselves unable to cope with emotionally charged, and potentially explosive, situations.
2) Attitude: How to Act. Controlling for the “Predator or Prey Reality”. How an individual projects him or herself onto the social environment has a direct impact on how others will relate to him or her. Self-image, attitude, use of body language, and overall bearing all directly affect whether or not an aggressive and violent individual will seek-out a person as a target of verbal abuse and physical assault. By learning to effectively use the SELF individuals can avoid and defuse most potentially explosive situations.
3) Communication: Avoiding the “Head in the Sand Syndrome”. Good communication often depends more on what people hear than on what they say. Accurate awareness of an individual’s emotional surroundings allows one to anticipate danger and irrationality before it becomes explosive. By clearly perceiving, and non-defensively responding to, the communications of others, one can effectively and decisively influence the immediate social environment in a positive way.
4) Training in appropriate reactions: Learned Reactions for Personal Safety. Once a situation becomes assaultive or violent it is crucial that the intended victim act quickly, decisively, and appropriately, to remove themselves from danger or, when necessary, to safely separate individuals from others and/or isolate them 3 as needed. Hesitation and ambivalence greatly increase the likelihood of injury, so, as with any crisis response, it is crucially important to stress the importance of using the coordinated efforts of the mind, emotions, and the body, when dealing with a physical threat.
Who is Edmond Otis?
Edmond Otis, is a licensed psychotherapist and internationally known speaker and performance coach who works with professionals, businesses, public and private organisations, athletes, sport teams, and everyday people – to increase resilience, perform under pressure, facilitate change, and dramatically improve outcomes and results.
Edmond and his family moved to New Zealand in 2008 and became citizens in 2015. He is a senior lecturer in Health and Sport Science at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and prior, a Senior Lecturer in Humanities, and Director of Martial Arts in Athletics, at the University of California, Riverside, where he was twice recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award.
Edmond is also a life-long practitioner, and internationally instructor in traditional karate. He has coached numerous individuals and teams to national (USA) and international championships and has personally developed many high-ranking instructors.
Edmond blends these distinctive skills and insights into his training and consulting style – teaching real skills, and creating dynamic content, effective strategies, and pragmatic solutions for today's most complex professional, personal and performance challenges.
“More than anything I’m most interested in the endless of ways that our thoughts, our emotions, our behaviours, and our relationships impact our performance, our health, our happiness, and our quality of life."
What previous participants have said about the training
"Given the escalating number of violent incidents that staff are having to mange this was a very timely course, full of useful and practical content which we came away feeling inspired to convert into action. Feona ensured the session ran smoothly technology-wise. Edmond was an excellent presenter - well prepared, authoritative, engaging"
"The Teamwork + Clarity + Consistency = Effectiveness formula struck a real chord and made me realise that this is definitely an area where we could make improvements."
"Really enjoyed, one of the best I've been to. Felt really positive after with good ideas and strategy for putting this into action at work"
"The presenter was very engaging and the material was very relevant"
"Edmond was concise, relatable, knowledgeable and understanding of staff frustrations"
"I learnt more methods to recognise and de-escalate a situation/problem"
"Edmond is very effective and presents concrete and specific examples that are very helpful. Love the 'Happy Warrior' stance/mantra/philosophy"
"This seminar was excellent and I'll be referring back to it a lot"
"Edmond was great. He made things clear and easy to understand with good examples. It was a really useful session"
Date and Location
Thursday 25 August, 9am - 12.30pm
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