Understanding Human Violence: Survival Information for Emergency Services and Counselors

Requesting This Course:

Course Description:
Emergency services and counselors are asked to respond to natural and man-made disasters and human-perpetrated violence. These latter requests may involve critical incidents such as street crime, domestic violence, workplace violence, psychosis, substances use, and youth violence. This two-day course focuses on enhancing safety and survival when providing care in these situations. The course presents what is known about these types of violence and the settings where they occur so that personnel onsite have a better understanding of what has happened and how to provide care safely in these circumstances. The course will focus on the theories of violence; violent acts in the home, the community, and the workplace; and issues associated with youth violence. Since not all human violence is preventable, the course will include a short overview of psychological trauma and CISM interventions to address the needs of victims in the aftermath of these violent acts at the hands of others. The problem of evil will be a central focus of the course.

This course is a companion course to Behavioral Emergencies: Survival Strategies for Emergency Services and Counselors. Having learned why patients become violent, the companion course focuses on specific strategies for safety, including scene surveillance, self-defense strategies, and self-care skills. Neither course is a prerequisite for the other but together provide a well-rounded approach for providing safe and secure care.

Course Highlights:

Day 1:

  • The Nature and Extent of Violence
  • The Theories of Violence
  • Violence in the Community
  • Violence in the Workplace

Day 2:

  • Violence in the Home
  • Youth Violence
  • Psychological Trauma and the Problem of Evil
  • CISM Interventions

Continuing Education Information:

Two-Day Course

General Contact Hours:

13 Contact Hours: 1.3 General CEUs from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Dept. of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

*Based on a formula of 1 Continuing Education Unit for every 10 contact/classroom hours.

Profession Specific Contact Hours:

  • 13 CE Credits for National Certified Addiction Counselors (Expiration Date – February 28, 2023)

*PLEASE NOTE: These hours are only applicable towards courses offered at Live Trainings, Regional Trainings, Online Courses, and the World Congress.  

Approved Instructor Courses:

It is up to the Approved Instructors or sponsoring agency to apply for profession specific Continuing Education Unit’s if they choose.  Learn more on our CEU Information page.

** Please check with your state licensing board prior to registration to see if they will accept the certificate of completion as a means for continuing education.