Gary Klugiewicz and I will be training with the Alaska Department of Corrections all week. We will be teaching our Verbal Defense & Influence Instructor Class in Palmer, Alaska. This training will be emphasizing the first half of Vistelar’s training curriculum that trains correctional contact professional i non-escalation and de-escalation tactics for minimizing the need to utilize physical force to overcome resistance. The second half of our training consist of those “Physical Alternatives” that are necessary when Words Alone Fail. But no matter whether verbal or physical force is needed to manage the situation, proper response in required.
For a contact professional working within a correctional facility, proper response requires that you remain alert, be decisive, and have a preplanned practiced response in mind.
Start with the acceptance that safety begins with remaining ALERT to your surroundings. Being aware of your surrounds is especially important with you are experience direct inmate contact. Watching the interactions between inmates and other staff. Learning the non-verbal cues and signals that inmates exhibit. Observe the distance and positioning between these you, inmates, and other staff members.
Being Decisive begins in managing your state of readiness. Using your eyes, ears and nose. Practicing your skills to increase your level of performance to be ready to take action when needed. Trust you gut feelings – they seldom lie. Know what you can and can’t do – physically and legally.
Have a Preplanned Practiced Response:
Have a preplanned and practiced response means you are practicing the skills you have learned in training. You are developing your own ability to execute when your life depends on your performance and minimizing mistakes that can literally cost you your life.
“Being ready to take action is more than being hopeful.” It depends on your alertness, your decisiveness, and your preparation and practice of your verbal and physical skills.
We look forward to our week with the Alaska DOC.
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