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Getting Real about Workplace Violence
Workplace Violence Prevention Training
Program length: Video - Awareness & Prevention + Response Videos 18 minutes; Manager Video 7 minutes eLearning - Main Course (Awareness, Prevention & Response) 25 minutes; Manager Module 10 minutes

 Workplace Violence (WPV) prevention and response training has become "must have" training in organizations today due to statistics like these*:

  • Over 2 million reports of workplace violence are filed by U.S. workers each year
  • 1.8 million work days are lost to workplace violence in the U.S. each year
  • 1 in 7 employees feels unsafe in the workplace

Developed by leading security and safety experts, Getting Real About Workplace Violence goes beyond "check the box" type workplace violence training. Through an approach that informs but doesn't overwhelm, along with materials that enable you to effectively deploy the training organization wide, the program creates a workplace where people are mindful, not fearful.

A Healthcare Version of this program is available.  Click here for information and a preview.

Effective workplace violence training for employees and managers covers:

  • the many forms workplace violence can take
  • how to spot and report concerning behaviors
  • what to do in the event of an extreme violence situation

This program does all three with extra emphasis on awareness and prevention. Learners are provided with the "mental categories" to spot changes in others that could indicate potential trouble and taught how to safely share those concerns. It enables organizations to create a culture of mutual dignity and respect, where people look out for one another.

Because Getting Real About Workplace Violence has an Awareness & Prevention section and a Response section, it can be integrated into any organization's WPV prevention plan, regardless of where you are in the process. Depending on your organizational priorities, you can choose to train on Response options first and then work on awareness and prevention, or start with awareness and build on that. 

There are three Getting Real About Workplace Violence videos:
Awareness & Prevention (10 minutes), Extreme Violence Response (8 minutes), and 
Advanced Training for Managers (7 minutes).

Employee Training includes: 
the Awareness & Prevention segment and the Extreme Violence Response segment.

Manager Training includes:
the Awareness & Prevention segment, the Extreme Violence Response segment and the Advanced Training for Managers segment.

For a full preview of these training options (video or eLearning format), click on Free FULL Preview above.  

The Awareness & Prevention and Extreme Violence Response learning objectives include:
  • Understand that workplace violence goes beyond active shooters
  • Gain awareness of different types of potential threats
  • Identify early warning signs and know how to respond to concerning behaviors
  • Learn 3 response options if caught inside an act of extreme violence*:
    • If you can, get out
    • If you can’t, get safe
    • If you have to, get tough™

    *If your organization utilizes Dept. of Homeland Security's  "Run, Hide, Fight" terminology, see the Run|Hide|Fight version of this program.

    The Advanced Training for Managers segment highlights the critical role managers play in identifying concerning behaviors and keeping potentially volatile situations from escalating.

    Classroom Training Package:

  • DVD or USB with all 3 video segments 
  • Reproducible & Customizable Materials (provided in digital format):
    • Course Outline
    • Leader's Guide
    • PowerPoint Presentation
    • Quick Reference Card
    • Sample Behaviors of Concern Handout


  • Employees complete the main Getting Real About Workplace Violence course which covers Awareness & Prevention and Extreme Violence Response.

  • Managers complete the main Getting Real About Workplace Violence course (which covers Awareness & Prevention and Extreme Violence Response) plus a supplemental Advanced Training for Managers module.
  • Note: Employee Streaming or eLearning may be ordered on this webpage. For pricing and information on Manager Streaming or eLearning, please contact us.

    Video host and content subject matter expert Jim Sporleder has more than 25 years experience in the security industry. With a unique background in specialized captivity survival, Jim has trained thousands of U.S. military personnel from some of the most elite units in the U.S. Department of Defense. He served as President of the Center for Personal Protection and Safety from 2004 to 2015, where he spear-headed special program initiatives and was lead developer and project director for all media-based training. Recently, Jim and his team have developed customized WPV training solutions for several Fortune 1000 organizations.
    For Healthcare Version information and preview, click here.
    For Run| Hide|Fight Version information and preview, click here.

    This instruction aligns with the American National Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention, which is the standard advised by ASIS International (ASIS) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for best practices addressing workplace violence prevention and response.

    WPVtraining_graphic2Take a look at this WPV prevention infographic to see the powerful difference between trained and untrained employees.

    *Stats: OSHA; SHRM 2019

    Languages Available (sold separately): English


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