March 28, 2022

Verbal De-escalation training available online in April and May

The Purdue Police Department is offering free online Verbal De-escalation (aka Verbal Judo) training in April and May via Webex.

Verbal De-escalation is a two-hour PowerPoint presentation. The objective is to teach skills to help the attendee learn to remain calm and react more effectively when confronted with anger, to try to reduce the chance of escalation to physical aggression. It includes exercises involving body language/posturing and empathetic verbal language. Verbal De-escalation skills can be beneficial both personally and professionally.

The sessions are:

  • April 13 (W): 2-4 p.m. ET.
  • April 19 (Tu): 2-4 p.m. ET.
  • April 21 (Th): 10 a.m.-noon ET.
  • April 27 (W): 10 a.m.-noon ET.

  • May 3 (Tu): 10 a.m.-noon ET.
  • May 11 (W): 2-4 p.m. ET.
  • May 23 (M): 2-4 p.m. ET.
  • May 25 (W): 10 a.m.-noon ET.

These are duplicate sessions, so participants should only register for one.

To register for one of these sessions, contact Lt. Sarah Clark at sclark32@purdue.edu. Indicate the preferred session when registering.

The minimum age for participants is 18. Affiliation with Purdue is not required to register; however, priority will be given to Purdue faculty, staff and students.


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