Our Director of Training, Gerard O’Dea, and Professor Chris Cushion worked with a number of experienced conflict and physical intervention trainers from NHS boards around Scotland to introduce them to the SCENA Scenario-Driven Training Approach in early March 2022. The team – already competently teaching a variety of approaches to tactics including Maybo, GSA, Functional (read more)
We train your team to quickly identify and disengage safely from violence.
- Recognise an escalating violence risk
- Use preventative strategies to keep safe
- Use Body Language and Find Escape Routes
- Deploy effective self-protection if needed
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Hospitals and Healthcare
Local Government & Citizen Services
Primary and Secondary Schools
Our Experience in Breakaway Training
Dynamis breakaway training will enable your staff with the knowledge, skills and judgement to be able to protect themselves appropriately to your environment. Our self-protection courses are always tailored for your specific target context and your client group.
Safe Caring and Breakaway
Enforcement Team Self-Defence
Community Safety Wardens or City Enforcement Officers who carry out their work on the streets of our communities need effective situational awareness and appropriate tactics for their specific contexts, often involving bystanders and the equipment they carry.
Social Worker Personal Safety
In addition to the risk-assessment part of our lone worker courses, we also teach a module on Personal Safety and Breakaway which may be used inside the confined spaces of a person's home or flat, for example.
Ambulance and Paramedic Safety
With experience of working near to and inside a variety of vehicles, our trainers tailor courses for professionals who carry out their work on/near transport and within the confined spaces of their vehicles.
Experts in Breakaway training, since 2006
We have delivered tailored Breakaway Training Course programmes for a wide variety of clients such as those listed here, where we have worked successfully to deliver their objectives for the training:
- Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents facing Home Violence
- Learning Disability Client / Case Manager
- Breakaway Training for Enforcement Officers
- Personal Safety Training for Prison Officers at the Scottish Prison Service College
- Personal Safety Training for Homelessness Drug & Alcohol Support teams
A typical set of physical skills developed on our Breakaway Training Course would be as follows:
Managing Proximity while approaching unpredictable persons 10-5-2
Managing Proximity using a 2-5-10 rule away from danger
Understanding ‘Instinctive Protection’ when suddenly assaulted
Connecting ‘Instinctive Protection’ to sudden stimulus
Building ‘Frames’ which naturally protect the body
Strengthening the Frames
Maintaining balance during movement
Protecting our consciousness as a priority
Breakaway Tactic for the Hair Grab or Hair Pull
Breakaway Tactic for being grabbed by the arm
Breakaway Tactic for Biting, Pinching, Scratching
Breakaway Tactic for being punched, hit or slapped in the head
Breakaway Tactic for throat grabs
Escape tactics for disengaging from the assailant
THE 9 ATTITUDES (formulated by Tony Torres)
The Relaxed Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when there is nothing to worry about, when in a place or among people who make you feel safe and secure. An important anchor for all that is good and worth protecting in life.
The Alert Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when our innate body-mind system detects some anomaly in our environment which draws our attention and demands that we examine it closely to review if we are safe.
The Preventive Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when we identify that an anomaly in our environment is a risk to our safety and we actively need to do something to reduce the threat of it becoming harmful to us.
The Survival Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when our instinctive protective mechanisms have fired under a sudden assault and and we cognitively seek to leverage those reflexes to survive the initial collision.
The Reversal Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated at the moment when, fuelled by emotion, we physically, psychologically and emotionally regain balance and transition into productive movement to stop or slow the assailant.
The Engagement Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when we press an opportunity created by survival and reversal and exploit it by causing dysfunction in the assailant, in order to meet our protection goal.
The Escape Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when our protection goal is to move towards safety and away from the assailant immediately as the opportunity presents itself.
The Control Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when we cannot simply move towards safety and away from the assailant, usually in complex situations regarding some duty of care to them or others.
The Harm Attitude for Breakaway and Self Protection
Activated when the only viable option to create safety is to definitively stop the assailant from being able to continue to cause harm.
"our training approach is designed to be relevant, appropriate and immediately useful, no matter your background, experience or goals”
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Your team learn in a scenario-driven 'mesh'
Because of our unique training methodology which progresses understanding, decision-making and skills together and in-context, your team will learn breakaway skills and personal safety habits which will more-easily transfer to your workplace and make it safer for everyone.
Your teams will model and practice appropriate verbal skills for preventing and de-escalating conflict.
Legal Rules for Self-Defence
Your team will reflect on the legal basis for their actions, assisting in effective reporting.
Your team will develop their awareness of behaviour cues and the ways in which situations can trigger distress, anger or emotional disturbance.
Recognising Pre-Cues for Violence
Your team will learn about how advance knowledge of the precursors of violence can speed up their reaction time and enhance their safety.
Your team will develop personal safety habits and learn a small number robust, appropriate self-protection tactics versus the most common assaults.
Your team will be challenged to develop the ability to identify quickly when circumstances are threatening their personal safety.
Every personal safety incident carries risk, so your team must recognise high-risk situations using intuition and learn that if in doubt they must get out.
Escape and Exit Route Selection
Leaving the location of a violent incident, or a threatening one, is a primary option which your team will explore in every possible scenario.
Grab a coffee and speak to our training advisor.
With over 15 years of experience working with clients, we are confident that we can gain an understanding of your issues, resources, timeframes and budget quickly and soon propose a training plan which fits your needs.
Organise Breakaway Training Painlessly
Book your free training needs assessment.
Every organisation is unique and so you need a unique training course. Our free training needs assessment is a 30-minute process where we identify the risks your staff face and the training solutions you need.
We formulate a Bespoke Training Course.
Having understood the needs of your organisation we will create a bespoke training course tailored to your conflict flashpoints, issues and incident profile.
Your Staff experience relevant and beneficial training.
We will conduct your bespoke training course in Breakaway and Personal Safety Awareness.
Satisfaction and Course Follow-up
Following the training session, we will conduct questionnaires with all attendees to give tangible before and after data.
The power of evidence-based training
High Staff Engagement
Because of the immediate relevance your staff see in our course design and delivery, they are engaged, motivated and energised during and after the training.
Better Transfer to the Workplace
Because sessions are all driven by your own scenarios, issues and challenges with the people you meet in your work, it has immediate relevance and transfers directly to your day-to-day workplace.
"Time Well Spent"
Your teams get many, many opportunities to learn and practice their new skills during 'countless reps' of the target skills, actively learning in every session. There are no boring powerpoints!
Measurable Change Happens
With highly targeted new skills, your teams can make measurable changes to their interactions and truly realise your organisation's safety ethos, focussing on dignity and respect, safety and wellbeing.
Gerard O'Dea // Director of Training at Dynamis
Hi and thanks for visiting our webpage today.
In over 15 years of working with frontline staff who face difficult, distressed and dangerous behaviour, I have seen time and again how prepared staff can perform well and respond to challenging circumstances.
From teachers to nurses, teaching and care assistants to security officers in our hospitals and social workers in the community, if you deal with people every day, managing conflict becomes a necessity.
I became involved in this work because I saw the power of training and preparation in helping people to stay safe at work and to be more successful in working with their colleagues to create better outcomes.
I and my team of professional trainers now teach in over 200 training engagements every year around the UK and internationally for a wide variety of public-facing organisations just like yours.
We have sought out the best conflict management training content and the best learning methods in the world and bring them together for you and your team.
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What our customers are saying:
Very welcome training...
“For me this breakaway course was very welcome and it was for first time when I was doing something like this, it was very helpful training. I have learned techniques and tactics which will help me for my safety when I will be at work or outside.The course was very welcome and at the right time and the trainer also was very understandable.Thank you.”
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Real work life situations...
“Both breakaway course content and the trainer were excellent. Gerard does not allow anyone to feel bored or not motivated throughout. The real work life situations are being discussed and all staff participating can share their ideas. I did marked that the course was slightly too short as all my staff participating felt that the subject was very interesting and provided in excellent way therefore they ( and myself) felt that we could do easily go through another two days. Thank you Gerard”
Residential Home for People with Complex Needs - Newcastle
When: 1 to 5 Days based on your identified needs and scheduled for your convenience
Who: Groups of up to 12 care staff are led by each Dynamis trainer (larger groups by request). Nurses and Care Workers, clinical staff, key workers and therapists can all benefit from courses which are tailored for your specific environment.
Our small but highly focussed team of trainers are highly experienced and professionally qualified verbal and physical intervention specialists. They hold Level 3 Qualifications in physical intervention, conflict management and breakaway/self-protection and regularly attend CPD events which ensures the quality of their delivery. Dynamis is an ICM Accredited Quality Award centre, assuring clients of our robust processes for the design, development, delivery and support of our training programmes.
Where: Training is held at your venue
How: Our trainers deliver this course using a mix of lecture/presentation, Q&A, physical practice and scenario rehearsal.
Why: ✓ Matched to your needs ✓ Led by Professional Trainers ✓ Legally Audited ✓ Fully Risk-Assessed ✓ Values Dignity and Respect ✓Safeguards Client rights ✓ Offers Staff Practical Options ✓ Compliant with Government Regulations ✓ Value for Your Investment
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you are not fully satisfied by the training we deliver for your team, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the training carried out?
Usually the training venue will be our client's responsibility and full details of this are made clear around the time of booking so that you know what we are going to need to give your people the best possible experience of training with our team.
We have often helped our clients to source appropriate training venues, where that assistance was requested!
Due to the nature of our training approach, we often require a good-sized training room which has the capacity for your team to move around in and in which we can set up scenarios which are as close as we can get them to real-world applications of the material we teach your people.
What is the investment in training?
Our training costs are often calculated on a per-day basis and directly related to the Needs Analysis which we carry out with you.
We are constantly working to make sure that the investment level is reasonable and competitive.
We generally ask for an investment which takes into account the type of content we are going to work on with your staff, the numbers of staff involved, the risk level of the encounters they engage in and the number of days of training which will be required to get your people up to the proper standard.
We are VAT registered and all pricing sent to you is 'plus VAT at the prevailing rate'.
We also charge travel expenses which you should discuss with our training advisor so that these are as clear as possible as you book in your training course.
How quickly can I book training to happen?
Our training advisor is waiting to have a call with you to discuss your timelines and preferred schedule. We generally book training 4-6 weeks out from today, however we always have been able to respond to clients who need training 'as soon as possible' when urgent needs pop up. The sooner we talk with you, the sooner we can get the training in place!
How many people can attend a training course?
There are numerous formats which we use to deliver training with your team, whether it be a large group or a smaller team. We know that the best group sizes for learning depend on the complexity of the material to be covered, the amount of time we have with your people and also the constraints you may be working with in your budget and resources. Most of our clients put 12-16 people in our less-physically demanding training courses, and often fewer people than this into our more demanding courses. Let's talk about the best solution for your needs....
Is Dynamis training Accredited?
Dynamis has attained the respected Quality Award Centre status (QAC #2201) with the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM), demonstrating our commitment to quality assurance and strict adherence to the most recent guidance on the management and prevention of workplace conflict. All our trainers are fully qualified and attend CPD development on a regular basis in accordance with ICM requirements.
Is the training suitable for my staff and my context?
Our goal is that you see a tremendous improvement in your team's ability to prevent and manage difficult encounters with the people in your service, so we focus on making sure that each training session with your people feels directly connected to their everyday work and is compliant with the relevant guidance which governs it.
Our Partners and Accreditation
Member of The Institute of
Dynamis is a Quality Award Centre with the ICM, a recognised accrediting body in the U.K. for workplace training in the prevention and management of workplace violence.
European partner for Vistelar
Dynamis is the premier European Partner for Vistelar, a global consulting organisation covering training across the entire spectrum of human conflict.
Regional representative for 9 Attitudes behavioural tactics
Dynamis represents the 9 Attitudes system, a fully behavioural approach to self-protection and physical control which is based on the observable realities of physical confrontation.
In going through the Conflict scenarios for the ED, we made sure that staff were really successful in establishing initial contact with the people, by carefully Being Alert and Decisive – noticing things about the patient or their family, by addressing those visiting or travelling with the person. We discussed perhaps opening the encounter with (read more)