Jill Weisensel

Home Visits – Making a Safe Approach

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This is Gary Klugiewicz.

Joel Lashley and I are are currently conducting an Interventions for  Patients with Challenging Behaviors Instructor Class for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.   The Interventions Class is a specialized class that we conduct for contact professionals in healthcare, mental health, and social work.   We are being  supported by Kati Tillema from the Vistelar and Chief of Police Thomas Poellot from  Cudahy Police Department.  The instructors attending  the class come from healthcare, social work, law enforcement, private security, and emergency medical services.

Pasted below in a photo from the training we did outside the classroom that simulated the stairs leading up to a private residence.  Since my contact professionals that we train have to make “house” calls, training in how to approach a private residence is very important.  We are talking about how to prepare for, investigate, drive by, park your vehicle, and approach the residence.   This applies to police, home care workers, and utility workers to mention only a few.  Dave Young’s 10-5-2 Foot Concept has real application as you start walking up the steps.   What are you evaluating?  When do you start communicating?  Where and how to you safety close the distance to take care of the business that you came to complete.   These are the safety focused questions that the class will answer.

We look forward to a great week in Milwaukee.

Stopping Sexual Assaults: Developing the Protector Mindset in Men

Hello, this is Gary Klugiewicz.

As you probably know, I am a great fan of the RadioHealthJournal.net.

Recently, they had a program entitle: Enlisting Men against Sexual Assaults that dealt with mobilizing men to help prevent sexual assaults on campuses.

A synopsis explains that “Colleges are now required by Federal law to present anti-sexual assault training to new students, but rather than instilling “no means no,” some experts think we need to do much more to enlist men to help prevent sexual assault. Experts discuss how it can be done by making men allies, rather than regarding them as potential perpetrators, and through bystander training.”

This is great podcast on an important topic.

For more information about bystander mobilization and how to training college students to apply it, check out Jill Weisensel’s book entitled Confidence in Conflict: Campus Life.

CinC for Campus Life book

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office To Host Wisconsin Jail Association Worship On Verbalization, Proxemics, Bystander Mobilization and Crisis Intervention Strategies

The Wisconsin Jail Association is conducing an eight (8) hour workshop on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Milwaukee Country Sheriff’s Office Training Academy (9225 South 68th St, Franklin). Instructors for the workshop are from Vistelar, a Milwaukee-based conflict management training company, and will include Gary Klugiewicz, Joel Lashley, Pete Jaskulski, Mike Mastaw, Derrick S. Washington, Sr, Jill Weisensel and Bob Willis. Online registration is at http://www.wjawi.org.

Gary Klugiewicz, Director Training at Vistelar, said, “We are excited to be putting on this workshop for Wisconsin correctional professionals.  This cost effective, information packed, training event will provide valuable additions to the attendee’s tactical tool belt while introducing them to the valuable resources provided by the Wisconsin Jail Association.”

Here is just some of what attendees will learn:

  • Staying safe and defending your verbal and physical response in a video rich world
  • Communicating with, persuading, and non / de-escalating people who are different from you
  • Utilizing Point-of-Impact Crisis Interventions (P.I.C.I.) tactics that reduce conflict and promotes safe resolution
  • Developing your tactical verbal response and translating it into your verbal testimony and written reports
  • Mastering tactics for controlling distance, relative positioning, and proxemics to stay safe in close quarter encounters.
  • Using Bystander Mobilization to get people to intervene before things get out of hand.
  • Keeping everyone safer with RIPP restraints during non-cooperative prisoner escort / transportation.

The normal cost of the workshop is $35.00 but it’s free for those who attended the 2015 Wisconsin Jail Association Annual Conference. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The Wisconsin Jail Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those who work in and operate Wisconsin Jails. Vistelar is a global consulting and training organization focused on preventing and managing conflict at the point of impact (www.vistelar.com).