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1 Safety at Work Lake Washington Institute of Technology 25 September 2014 Presented by: Kevin St. Jacques, Psy.D., LMHC Copyright 2014

2 Today we will learn… How to manage ourselves in a crisis How to de-escalate an aggressive individual How to stay safe

3 Who is this guy? USAF Anthropology Psychology De-escalation Violence reduction

4 What is this thing we call aggression?

5 Survival Fight-Flight-Freeze Fear Response Externalized Fear

6 Cycle of Aggression Violence Safety Rage Control Anger Congruence *Triggering Event(s) Post-Crisis Depression

7 Anger vs. Rage Anger  Anger is an emotion  Anger “fuels” the discussion, has a goal  Sends a message  Internal  External  Look at your own reaction/use as gauge Rage  Rage is an attempt to dis- inhibit self  Unleashing from what is holding them  Rage is destructive

8 It’s not personal unless you make it so

9 Hurrying Slowly

10 Rules of Self Control I don’t have to agree that we are in an argument I don’t have to give back what I get It’s not personal unless I make it so

11 Intuition

12 Circular Breathing East Indian Warriors Not a “time-out” Practice Two variations When to use

13 Circular Breathing Method #1 Sit comfortably with feet on the floor Eyes open Breathe in through nose Imagine the air traveling down your body Pause Exhale, imagining the air looping back up and out your nose

14 Interpersonal Space The Bubble Texture  Nuances in the behaviour Do Not:  Trespass another’s space  Let others Trespass yours

15 Body Language Stance Arms/hands Eyes Barriers

16 Verbal Communication Volume Tone Content Choices Consequences

17 De-escalation

18 Acknowledge Feelings

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20 Find Area of Agreement

21 Set Boundaries

22 Ladder Technique Choose most dangerous behavior If de-escalation works, continue… Voice strong and forceful

23 Personal Safety Valuables Report suspicious individuals Buddy system for walking to parking lot Signs of potential violence Emergency plan

24 Discussion and Questions

25 Contact Information Kevin St. Jacques, PsyD, LMHC Ellis Amdur, MA, NCC, CMHS

26 Disclaimer The information in this resource does not stand alone. Edgework and St Jacques Consulting Group. LLC take no responsibility for anyone attempting to implement the methods outlined in this presentation without training by a certified representative of Edgework (listed on the Edgework website), or under specific licensing agreements in train-the-trainer programs. Edgework/St Jacques Consulting Group, LLC intellectual property, both written materials and information presented in training seminars, may not be used in teaching without express written permission. No part of this presentation may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, without permission in writing from: St Jacques Consulting Group, LLC th Drive SE Bothell, WA Contact Edgework for nine profession-specific books on de-escalation of aggression and communication with mentally ill individuals by Ellis Amdur, including Grace Under Fire, and


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