Prepare offers a variety of customized staff development workshops and work safety programs for employees on-site and in the field. Classes are focused on enhancing communication skills, risk assessment, threat management, and safety while traveling.
Although the physical safety skills are often the highlight of our program, our classes cover learning how to listen carefully, think clearly, problem-solve, and give direction is much more difficult while under high levels of stress. Since the human response to fear, crisis, challenge or stress is a rush of adrenaline, Prepare training uses real life scenarios that allow participants to feel what it is like to experience the adrenal state and to grow more acclimated to functioning effectively while adrenalized.
We help participants recognize how to apply the techniques learned in the course to work situations. Moreover, employees often report that they bring the same feeling of safety, empowerment, and communication skills from their Prepare training into their daily personal lives.
Prepare will design a program that focuses on the specific needs and environment of your workplace or field site. Contact us so we can learn more about your goals and expected outcomes, and to discuss options for curriculum, format, and pricing.
Program Options for Workplace Safety and Professional Development Training
Workshops and Skill Building
Prepare offers focused Workshops of 1.5 – 4 hours on specific topics such as communication skills, professional development, leadership skills, and an introduction to personal safety and self-defense.
Comprehensive Safety Training
Our programs for businesses and agencies include safety training for employees who work in high-risk settings (at the workplace or in the field). These programs range from 6–30 hours, depending on goals and group size.
Prepare programs are typically taught in modules of 3 hours. The most popular workplace safety format is a 9-hour program, taught in three, 3-hour sessions. The first session highlights core concepts and explores the fundamentals; the second and third sessions focus on experiential learning, role-plays, and rehearsals. These role plays are customized to your industry and employee needs, and feature our suited instructor.
Participants tell us they feel more confident, relaxed, and prepared to handle challenges and stress with more poise and grace. They can listen carefully, think more clearly, problem-solve more creatively, and communicate more effectively. They feel safer doing their job and in their every-day lives.
- External awareness to the environment (where am I, what is happening?)
- Internal awareness to one’s feelings (how does this person/situation make me feel?)
- Threat Assessment (is this situation annoying or dangerous?)
- Accessing external resources (can I find help nearby and/or quickly leave and get to safety?)
- Adrenaline/stress (how can I manage physiological arousal and not “shut down?”)
- Threat Management (what is the best option to keep me safe? can I move to safety, can I verbally set limits or self advocate? Is physical resistance an option?)
- Body Boundaries (how close is someone getting/are they breaching the norms of social behavior?)
- Emotional Boundaries (how is someone “pushing my buttons” or manipulating me?)
- Communication skills (how can I use words and nonverbal communication to say what I mean clearly and powerfully?)
- Bystander Intervention (can I find a way to stand up for others?)
- Allied Behavior – Can I find a way to stand up for others?
Stories from Prepare Clients
An organization that supports journalists engaged Prepare to train people travelling to destabilized regions to be able to better manage the day-to-day challenges and worst-case scenarios encountered in conflict zones.
A large trauma services agency hired Prepare to help their social workers manage home visits. The goals were for social workers to see the early warning signs that the visit was non-productive and/or potentially dangerous. Exit strategies, verbal de-escalation, boundary setting, together with rehearsal for worst-case scenarios were the focus of this program series.
A legal services agency worked with Prepare to ready their support staff for agitated clients and their families. Using the reception area as the setting, support staff rehearsed various strategies to manage individuals and families in crisis.
In addition to general personal safety, a marketing company wanted Prepare to help staff communicate more clearly and respectfully in a high stress environment. The goal was team building between client services and project managers.
To support a lagging sales department, Prepare was hired to jump start morale and sales results and to get folks to “think out of the box.” Independent thinking, taking charge of one’s own success, and performing out of one’s comfort zone were the goals of this program.
Summer youth program
Empowering staff to create positive communication protocols was the focus for this workshop. Staff learned from Prepare to give and receive feedback and to set clear boundaries respectfully. That, in turn, enabled staff to communicate more effectively with each other, and with the youth in their care.
Loss prevention department
A major retail chain had these objectives: to shift security from behaving reactively to being proactive, to incorporate more negotiating skills, to reduce physical confrontations, and to strengthen problem solving skills.
Participants and employers are often amazed by the positive effects that a course like ours can have. Since the human response to fear, crisis, challenge or stress is a rush of adrenaline, we teach using real life scenarios that allow participants to feel what it is like to experience the adrenal state and to grow more acclimated to functioning effectively while adrenalized.
Although the physical safety skills are often the highlight of our program, our classes cover more than just how to stay safe or how to intervene in a confrontation. Learning how to listen carefully, think clearly, problem-solve, and give direction under high levels of stress is much more difficult while in this adrenal state.
We help participants recognize how to apply these skills in work situations. Participants tell us they feel more confident, relaxed, and prepared to handle challenges and stress with more poise and grace. Our graduates often report that they bring the same feeling of safety, empowerment, and communication skills from their Prepare training into their daily personal and professional lives.
Some of the positive effects of Prepare training for employees include:
- ability to handle stress
- increased patience and tolerance of colleagues
- improved confidence and self-esteem
- motivation to handle new and challenging work
- ability to provide clear and complete direction and feedback
- creative and flexible problem solving
- leadership development
- greater general awareness