Project Description

Active attacker preparedness training for healthcare professionals will help prepare you for the unthinkable. Learn how you can respond and survive.

Attacks and violence have increased in the healthcare setting in the past 10 years. From 2000-2011, the US had 154 hospital-related shootings. Assaults on health workers is 8 of 10,000 compared with 2 of 10,000 for private-sector industries. An active attacker is an individual actively engaged in attacking or attempting to assault people. These attacks are unpredictable and can happen to anyone. Before law enforcement arrives, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active attacker situation.

We practice and prepare for earthquake risk!
Why not learn how to respond and survive in cases of violence at our workplace.
Making a plan in advance and learning how to respond can make all the difference.

Active attacker training will help prepare you for the unthinkable. Learn how you can respond and survive.

  • Attendees will learn about the human sensory system (five senses and the brain)
  • Six domains of human behavior (heuristics, biometrics, kinesics, proxemics, geographics and atmospherics)
    principles of GSA (human pace, sign recognition)
  • Enhanced observation (why we see things, why we don’t see things, signatures and cues)
  • How to establish a baseline (an initial set of critical observations to confirm the norm of an area)
  • Critical thinking (problem-solving, anomaly-detection)
  • Decision-making (legal/moral/ethical, observe-orient-decide-act loop, ASA algorithm)
  • How to think like the enemy and how to employ this knowledge and experience.


Clinician in all fields of practice
1:16 Instructor to Attendee

MODULE Includes

  • Digital course manual on portable flash drive
  • Approved CE/CCU – 8 Contact Hours
  • Certificate of completion


  • LAPD/Dept. Homeland Security Active Shooting /Attacker Training Lecture (FREE sponsored lecture).
  • Statistics and history of active attacks in the US.
  • Understand pre-incident indicators and warning signs of potential perpetrators of violence.
  • Run, Hide, Fight breakdown.
  • Medical trauma training for shooting victims.
  • Situational awareness training.
  • Improvise weapons and soft and non-violent de-escalation methods in the healthcare setting.
  • Discuss practices and prevention strategies to mitigate threats and violence in the healthcare setting
  • Examine why humans create patterns and habits and determine where these behaviors come from
  • Recognize potential workplace violence indicators
  • Identify physiological responses to stress especially in a violent situation
  • Assess what distance communicates
  • Recognize the Rock in the Pond Theory
  • Express the power of non-verbals and kinesics
  • Perform quick decision making and demonstrate the Heuristic Decision-Making Process
  • Integrate the decision cycle of the OODA loop when making decisions 


9:30-9:45am Check- In/ Registration
9:45am-11:15am LAPD/Homeland Security Sponsored Active Attacker Lecture
11:15am-11:30am Break
11:30am-1:30pm Lab 1 – Run, Hide, Fight
1:30pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-4pm Lab 2 – Medical Trauma Training & Situational Awareness
4pm-4:15pm Break
4:15pm-6:15pm Lab 3 – Improvise Weapons & De-Escalation Methods in Healthcare Setting
6:15pm-6:45 Practical Lab Exam
6:45pm-7pm Q&A/Participant Evaluation