At PalAmerican, we are helping security professionals understand the tools and techniques needed to manage critical situations that may arise in a security career. Security Officers can take advantage of specialized training courses for their specific site as well as sharpen their skills, knowledge, and abilities to grow, meet a career goal in protection services, and become the everyday heroes that they are.
MOAB® (Management of Aggressive Behavior) is an in-depth training program that teaches individuals how to recognize, reduce and manage violent and aggressive behavior. PalAmerican has been teaching MOAB® training for years. This program has helped our staff stay safe professionally and even personally. Recently, PalAmerican re-aligned with MOAB Training International in a partnership to develop a customized version of the MOAB training program to suit PalAmerican's training needs. This has led to enhancing the quality of training provided to our security professionals. Using the latest teaching methods along with advanced learning principles and practical activities allows instructors to train students on how to effectively deal with aggressive individuals.
PalAmerican + MOAB® Objectives
The security student manual aims to:
- Teach and improve principles, techniques, and skills used to recognize, reduce, and manage anxious, aggressive, and violent behavior
- Provide effective and compassionate methods of de-escalation for irate situations
- Gain personal empowerment through increased confidence and skills used during threatening scenarios
- Minimize the potential for injury to staff, bystanders, and anyone involved
- Reduce fear in stressful circumstances by increasing the ability to successfully react
- Reduce liability risk for inadequate, unnecessary, or improper control of aggressive and violent behavior
The new PalAmerican/MOAB® customized program is part of our suite of specialized trainings that exceed industry standards for security personnel. It provides the best-in-class preparation for Security Officers who work as front-line staff members. Our company-paid training ensures that our employees are ready to perform with the tools and confidence they need to be successful.
Strategies for Preventing and Diffusing Aggressive Behavior
Prepare yourself mentally
Mental conditioning is essential to enhance the learning and retention of new skills. Its purpose is to eliminate ineffective habits, control stress, and improve decision-making, physical performance, and confidence. It can also reduce the chances of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
There are five methods of communication: verbal, reading, writing, listening, and non-verbal. Humans use non-verbal communication around 90% of the time. It is one of the most reliable types of communication. Rarely are we aware that personal space, eye communication, posture, gestures, and facial expressions can tell a story. When verbal and non-verbal communications conflict, rely on the non-verbal signals.
Listen effectively and communicate verbally
The way a person communicates says a lot. Active listening can tell you if a person needs help or if someone is avoiding a conversation, but it can also give information about a person’s emotional state and physical/mental condition. Security professionals need to be skillful when it comes to relaying a message verbally as well; verbal communication is one of the most powerful tools in security when it comes to de-escalation techniques.
Manage stages of conflict
Conflict can be a result of unmet expectations and 90% of the time it is related to past experiences. There are generally three stages of conflict: anxiety, emotional confrontation, and physical aggression. MOAB® training teaches security professionals to recognize and manage the three stages of conflict.
Approach individuals properly
In dealing with aggression, it is important to respond appropriately. Knowing how to approach an aggressive individual is key to managing irate situations. There are various techniques and strategies on how to gain or regain control of a situation. Making an appropriate response can help the other person to manage their emotions, even unconsciously. For example, an assertive response can help move the other person to become more assertive, rather than aggressive.
The PalAmerican/MOAB® customized training program is a huge win for the company! We take great pride in teaching others who may not have had previous experience in security to know how to help others, care for themselves, and create a safe environment by instilling The PalAmerican Difference.
"I have spent most of my life in law enforcement and left the profession after 36 years. I experienced a phenomenal number of changes and advancements in the field, concerning safety, education, and training. One of my roles in law enforcement was Director of Training, implementing the Department’s 40-hour annual in-service training program, the first Department in the state to do so. One of the most rewarding experiences as a trainer is to see the successful implementation of these skills put to the test in the field. Just days after a recent training session, two recent MOAB students from Rockledge, Florida did just that. MOAB is a very effective program and goes a long way to instill confidence in our staff to bring a combative episode to a safe, and professional conclusion. Just as we faced these daily challenges in police work, we are currently faced with similar challenges in the security industry. Society’s norms have changed drastically, and PalAmerican recognizes that we must be prepared to face them with professionalism and compassion. MOAB goes a long way in establishing that goal." - Robert Coyne, Florida Operations Manager.
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