Social Worker Personal Safety and Situational Awareness Training

Personal Safety Training for Social Services Professionals Working at or Away from the Office

This training empowers social service professionals with practical strategies necessary to enhance their personal safety at the office, while working in the field and during activities of daily living.

Specific skills to enhance awareness of surroundings are explored.

In addition, safety and security plans are integrated with communication plans. Topics include the importance of schedule sharing, designating emergency contacts and specific check-in times.

Force deflection techniques, built around intuitive protective movements, are demonstrated.  (Participants are not subjected to any physical contact or exertion)

Duration: 90 minutes – 3 hours

Content customized to best suit clients needs/ areas of concern

Available in live webinar format 90-120 minutes.  (Certain elements demonstrated over live video)

Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists & Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Home Health Care Providers, Case Managers.

Topics Covered Include:

  • General situational awareness as the foundation to personal safety
  • Intuition: A vital protective mechanism never to be ignored, deemed “silly” or “irrational”
  • Understanding the victim selection process and presenting as a “hard” vs. “soft” target
  • Access control, lighting and security considerations“
  • Four at the Door” Best strategy when waiting at the client’s door
  • Protocol while visiting clients in higher risk/ rural locations
  • Communication planning and distress phrases
  • Route planning, safe havens and medical consideration
  • When visits with members/ clients become challenging
  • Armed robbery.What are the rules for eye contact?
  • Attempted abduction. The primary and secondary locations
  • Recognizing drug lab activity in the area
  • –Confronted over racial, religious, gender presentation bias. How will I deal with this?–
  • Introduction to de-escalation.  Emotional intelligence, Active listening and Compassion.
  • Demonstration of force deflection techniques (Not available in webinar format)
  • Conferences, travel and commuting safety
  • Elevators, parking lots and isolated areas
  • Random gunfire? Cover versus Concealment?
  • Broken down in a remote area with no cell coverage. How do I deal with a stranger offering help?




What is Situational Awareness Training?

Vehicle- Ramming Attacks

Resource: National Association of Social Workers Website


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