CENTRAL ILLINOIS POLICE TRAINING CENTER
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Tactical Communication with Aggressive, Mentally Ill & Emotionally Disturbed Individuals
Instructor: Ellis Amdur M.A., N.C.C., C.M.H.S.,
Edgework: Crisis Intervention Resources
September 27, 2021
8am – 4pm
Class will meet in Peru Police Department, 2650 North Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354
Enrollment Deadline: September 20, 2021
Course Size: Minimum – 15 Maximum – 30
Because officers have to protect their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them, they only have a small amount of time in which to establish a communication mode that minimizes the risk of violence. Agitated, not-yet-violent individuals can often be directed away from violence through the proper use of communication skills.
These techniques, like effective physical defensive tactics, are both simple and broad-based. Additionally, the verbal de-escalation techniques are geared to “set up” those being controlled so that physical control techniques are enhanced, whenever they are necessary. Finally, successful verbal de-escalation of agitated individuals in public view will increase respect for law enforcement among the general population. Such respect can contribute to future officer safety.
• Recognizing types of mental illness and emotional disturbance
• Communicating with people suffering from mental illness
• Calming angry individuals, mentally ill or not
• Verbal de-escalation and control of individuals on the edge of violence
• Assessing likelihood of self-harm
• Intervention techniques
Dealing with the System
• Dealing with repetitive callers/abusers of emergency services
• Effective liaison with child protective services and mental health professionals
About the Instructor:
Edgework founder Ellis Amdur received his B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1974, and his M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University in 1990. He is both a National Certified Counselor and a State Certified Child Mental Health Specialist. Since the late 1960s, Ellis has trained in various martial arts systems, spending thirteen of these years studying in Japan. Since his return to the United States in 1988, Ellis has worked in the field of crisis intervention.
He has written a number of books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and communication with mentally ill persons. His new book, The Thin Blue Lifeline, co-written with Sgt. John Hutchings of the Olympia Washington Police Department, is due to be released in the Spring of 2011.
Ellis is a dynamic public speaker and trainer who presents his work throughout the United States and internationally. He is an experienced and well-known instructor for police officers in the de-escalation of mentally ill and aggressive individuals. His specialty is boots-on-the-ground, face-to-face encounters with the individuals of concern. He is fully aware that police officers must establish and maintain safety. Therefore, Ellis focuses on the recognition of patterns of behavior, rather than diagnosis. His goal is for street officers to recognize in the subject’s behaviors — regardless of cause — patterns that he or she can work with to fully calm problem individuals. Failing that, these verbal tactics can aid in establishing control at whatever force level is required.
For a number of years, Ellis has presented at the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths as well as the Canadian Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths regarding how to distinguish between Excited Delirium and psychotic episodes. He offers specific verbal de-escalation/control strategies to deal with either of these states. In addition, he teaches basic and advanced CIT classes for police, and conducts specialized courses for tactical and hostage/crisis negotiation teams.
Ellis Amdur is noted for his sometimes outrageous humor as well as his profound breadth of knowledge. His vivid descriptions of aggressive and mentally ill people and his true-to-life role playing of these behaviors give participants an almost first-hand experience of facing the real individuals in question