BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE OF FEAR AND THREAT ASSESSMENT

This course will provide officers with functional concepts of fear, emotions, and behaviors that result as a consequence of fear-triggered stimuli. What is fear? Fear is the biological and psychological state imposed by a threat. A threat is a set of stimuli that evoke emotions of fear, produce chemicals that pass signals within the nervous system and generate behavioral responses. 

Improve Mental Health

Increase Performance 

Build Resilience 

PURPOSE

The course is designed to provide participants with an objective, scientific, and empirical foundation of fear and patterns of adaptive behaviors created consciously or unconsciously for the purpose of either coping with it (fight) or avoiding it (flight). 

 

The course will allow your officers to gain an understanding of the science of fear and its associations with aggression, violence, anxiety, excessive force, and decision making processes. The curriculum is designed to provide empirical tools and strategies to deal with threatening situations without being overwhelmed by fear. It provides case-based exercises on how to mitigate threatening behaviors and implement appropriate interventions.

 

Participants will have an opportunity to partake in a variety of case-based exercises, perform simulated threat assessments, and share their experiences with other officers.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Introduction to a functional state of fear.
  • What is fear? 

  • Common elements and types of fear.

  • Responses and stimuli associated with fear.

  • Using behavioral tools of fear adaptation. 

  • Fear Management. 

  • Neural Circuits for Fear.

  • Fear and the Amygdala.

  • Case Studies.

  • Psychopathology of fear. 

  • Discussion and course closing.

WHAT WILL YOUR OFFICERS LEARN HOW TO DO IN THIS COURSE?

  1. The understanding of fear and its associations with aggression, violence, anxiety, excessive force, and decision making processes.

  2. The understanding of fear from a biological standpoint. 

  3. How to identify types of fear and the stimuli associated with them.

  4. How to implement a multidimensional fear and threat analysis. 

  5. The consequences of fear-based behaviors.

  6. How to implement behavioral interventions to control fear. 

  7. How to manage fear and promote resilience.

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