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Detecting Danger (OS0011)

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Subconscious Communication®
A Psychological Approach to Detecting Danger for Survival

Who Should Attend This One-Day Training?
  • Criminal Justice professionals interesting in improving their understanding of the survival mentality and the recognition of subconscious factors that indicate danger is imminent.
  • Patrol and field personnel wishing to discover how to accurately evaluate gestures present in street encounters that warn of impending violence or threat of violence.
At the Conclusion, Participants Will Have Learned How To:
  • Recognize the role Phenomenlogical thought, (perceptions), plays in creating a survival mentality.
  • Recognize non-verbal communication, with specific references to gestures most often present prior to assault or escape behaviors.
  • Understand the Trilogy of Warning signs that generally indicate that the presence of violence or the propensity for violence is present in others.
  • Utilize conscious and subconscious rapport building to create either a positive or negative environment.
  • How to use their posture and communication style for maximum results.
  • Add techniques to diffuse hostility and violence in the early stages of development to their interpersonal skills.
  • Articulate warning signals and indicators that justify using force following a
  • continuum of force model.


Subconscious Communication:

The concept of communication, using the power of the subconscious mind, is identified

and students are instructed as to the ability the mind possesses in sending out mixed

signals and overcoming ulterior motives. Past research by such linguists as Eric Berne

is discussed to further illustrate this concept.

Phenomenological Thought Process:

The importance of perception in officer survival is defined. Factors that affect one's ability

to perceive such as needs, values and external stimuli are examined. The personal

thought processes of police officers are examined in the realm of how they influence the

ability to survive attack and meet physical challenges that confront the officer.

Mental Preparation for Danger:

The three programmable areas of mental energy that officers can use to prepare themself

to handle critical encounters is defined and explained.

Verbal Communication:

The breakdown of the communication process begins with the examination of the spoken

word. This lesson assists the student in recognizing the verbal indicators of deception

and how word tense and usage can be used in the evaluation of individuals' intentions.

Non-Verbal Communication:

The communication process examination continues with the introduction of Body

Language. As the majority of communication utilized by humans, this important arena is

broken into specific non-verbal gestures that suggest emotional responses of anger or

violence important to the police officer. The reason humans utilize body language and

the Principles and Rules that apply are highlighted.

Proxemics and Danger:

Proxemics and the effective use of space is presented to the student so that an area of

safety may be established during field contacts. Practical exercise included.

Practical Exercise and Discussion:

Actual video footage of attacks on officers is used to further highlight the mentality and

gestures that have been identified.

Subconscious Communication®

A Psychological Approach to Detecting Danger for Survival


0800- Subconscious Communication defined;

0915 Phenomenological Aspects of Survival and Perception Influences Defined

0925- Phenomenological Recognition and Identification Class Exercise

1030 Recognition of Individual's Perceptions of Danger/Injury Explained

1030- Mental Programing for Survival - Trilogy of Mental Training Discussed

1130 Verbal Warning Signs of Danger Defined

1130- LUNCH


1230- Non-verbal Gestures Definition

1330 Head and Face Gestures of Danger Identified

1340- Threatening Gestures Examined

1430 Non-verbal Gestures Definition Continued Class Exercise

1440- Non-verbal Gestures Definition Continued

1530 Nervous Gestures Examined

1540- Class Exercise in Danger Detection through video examinations and

1630 discussions Questions and Student Feedback

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