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Personal Safety is a State of Mindfulness


Social workers, crisis workers, case managers, ACT team members, community support workers, and visiting nurses routinely find themselves faced with difficult and potentially dangerous situations. Unfortunately, on occasion, social services workers are confronted with life-threatening circumstances. It is a sad and undeniable truth, the risk of becoming a sexual assault victim, a hostage or even a homicide victim is ever-present.  The good news is my Personal Safety training series will help you avoid these kinds of traumatic experiences. 


Personal Safety Training for Social Workers This day-long workshop incorporates both didactic and experiential learning. The first half of the training is designed to create a new and safer mind set for people working in social services. A safety-first mind set will keep you ever-mindful of the risks involved while learning strategies and safety techniques designed to keep you from becoming a victim.  The second half of the day is devoted to martial arts training. This passive yet highly effective form of self-defense empowers women and men of all capabilities while building confidence and self-reliance. Read what some of the participants said about this valuable training.  Call me today for the next training date:  207.373.1480 or email me @


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This PERSONAL SAFETY TRAINING for SOCIAL WORKERS program was approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 6.5 continuing education contact hours! Check The Next Training Date !

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This PERSONAL SAFETY TRAINING for SOCIAL WORKERS program is approved by the State of Maine and meets their requirements for MHRT certification. Check out the state's web site at the link below for more information on MHRT


Personal Safety Training for Social Workers®

This course is an 8-hour in-person training that includes life-saving physical intervention techniques! Developed in 1996 the course has evolved to keep up with legislative changes, environmental influences, and social work education. 6.5 CEUs More Info HERE

Key Benefits
Feel empowered!
Learn how to avoid becoming a victim
Learn how to keep yourself and your clients safe!
A Partial List of the Topics Covered in the Training
Cyber Stalking
Surviving A Hostage Situation
Preventing a Crisis
Edged Weapons
Preserving the Client's Safety
Deescalating the Mentally ill
And much, much more!
Who Should Attend
Crisis Workers
Social Workers
Residential Staff
ACT members
Clinical Staff
In-home support staff
CSU Staff
If you would like to purchase the Manual for the workshop please click HERE!

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Watch the video on how to create your own defense shield!

Crime in the United States:

  • Approximately 12 million violent crimes are committed in the United States every single year.
  • The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
  • According to the most recent data available on the Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics’ web site, in the United States in 2009, more than 307,000 people were victims of a violent crime:
    • 88,000 forcibly raped
    • 15,000 victims of murder or non-negligent manslaughter
    • 408,000 robbed
    • 807,000 assaulted
  • The city of Detroit, Michigan is just one alarming example of how violent crime is thriving.  So far this year in Detroit, car thefts are up 83%, robberies are up 50%, burglaries are up 20% and property destruction is up 42%.
  • Gang violence is rampant. USA Today reports that criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated one million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation.
  • One in four women in America will be raped. The FBI reports that only one in four rapes is recorded in the Uniform Crime Reports. And those reports do not include rapes that end in death, since those are reported as homicides.

In light of these data, is it sufficient to expect law enforcement to ensure your personal safety? Consider the fact that there are approximately 800,000 police officers in the nation. Since there are some 312 million people in America, the ratio of law enforcement to citizens is 1 to 40. While they do their best to keep us safe, police are not omnipresent. Therefore, it’s imperative that you do your part to STAY SAFE!



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Read What Some of the Former Workshop Attendees Have Had To Say About This Valuable Training!!!

The most valuable training I have ever had.” “Thank you for opening my eyes!” “This was a very well taught and useful workshop for work and community living.” “Better able to deal with potential attackers.” "Mr. Holbrook was very informative and captivating.  Excellent class."

"I wish I had paid more attention the first time I took this workshop!  I could have been killed!"

"Great training - made me open my mind! Thanks!"

"I enjoyed this very much! Instructor made techniques easy to learn and kept training interesting and fun while learning about some serious stuff!"

"Personal stories helped cement everything in my mind!"

"Great workshop! Everything was explained in a very mild way - made us all feel safe. Thanks for coming!"











Dr. Mark I. Holbrook offers a 6-hour training course modeled after his popular in-person Personal Safety Training for Social Workers® that he has taught since 1996. The online course includes 27 content areas broken up into 6 1-hour sections of content specific to social worker safety. The course is designed with the adult learner in mind and includes 35 video clips selected specifically to illustrate important safety points. The case examples used throughout the course are from Dr. Holbrook’s professional experiences as a social worker, a clinician, a police officer, and executive director as well as from those submitted by social workers from across the country. This personal safety training course is up-to-date and relevant to real-life social services work. The course has been described as “provocative,” “enlightening,” and “life-saving” by former students and professionals. While the focus of the training is on how to avoid trouble by using the only weapon that can’t be taken away and used against a person, their brain, the training also includes an optional section of self-defense videos. As a bonus students receive a copy of the 80-page Personal Safety Training manual.

The Personal Safety Awareness® course is the ONLY online course to have been approved by the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board. The course met their mandatory requirements for 6 CEUs in personal safety awareness training FROM 2010 TO 2013. Dr. Holbrook is also an approved provider of continuing education in Alabama.

This training INCLUDES a copy of the Personal Safety Training Manual listed above!!! You get both the Personal Safety Training manual, a $29.95 value, and the 6-hour training course, all for one incredibly low price of just $70.00.

-- Check with your licensing authority to verify course acceptance as regulations change from time to time.I make no guarantee that any course will be approved by any regulatory Board at any time. It is incumbent upon each student to check with relative Boards of authority prior to taking any course. --


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"Great training. I found this online course easy to use."

"This training was filled with important safety information I had not thought about before. This should be required at the college level."



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New Journal Discussion - Violent Clients

February 03, 2011 -- Social workers need training to deal with difficult or violent clients and manage their feelings to protect themselves mentally from such outbursts, according to an article in the current issue of the National Association of Social Workers’Social Work Research Journal.







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