Physical Alternatives Courses

Principles of Stabilization and Control

Duration: sixteen-hour workshop to ten-day train-the-trainer instructor school

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for managing physical engagement in situations of physical resistance or violence, such as security officers and individuals working in higher-risk areas of their organization (e.g., emergency department within a hospital) — or trainers of these individuals. 

Course Description:

This course covers defensive tactics (control, protect, stop-the-threat, stabilization) that go beyond proxemics and basic personal protection.

The first level of this course emphasizes using the lowest level of intervention, minimizing the length of the intervention, and the use of team tactics. This is a hands-on course that teaches how to mesh verbal skills with physical alternatives in situations when an individual is physically acting out and physical engagement cannot be prevented (non-escalation), avoided (de-escalation) or disengaged from.

There is one version of this course for non-public-safety professionals (e.g., emergency department nurse, crisis response team member) and a second version fo public safety professionals (security, law enforcement, corrections)

The second level of this course covers physical alternatives that are more intrusive for use in situations where individuals are placed in physical danger and there is a need for immediate and aggressive action to keep everyone safe. This course is only for public safety professionals.

Training Content:

Level One

  • Advanced situational awareness, threat assessment, and proxemics
  • How to respond to, report on, and debrief institutional emergencies of all types ( first-responder philosophy).
  • Escorting
  • Stabilization

Level Two

  • Handcuffing and physical restraints
  • Defense tactics
  • Decentralizations
  • Focused strikes

Optional Add-Ons

  • OC (pepper) spray
  • Baton
  • Weapons control