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Health / Safety

Safety Strategies class focus on holistic approach

January 7, 2014

Colorado State University students and employees who want to take an innovative, holistic approach to safety have the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops.

woman smilingThe workshops focus on both the interpersonal, psychological and physical aspects of self-defense and safety.

The innovative workshops, taught by CSUPD’s defensive tactics instructors Ofc. Ashleigh Rose and Cpl. Jesse Ihnen and other certified instructors, is based on the Realistic Safety Strategies approach. The approach focuses on a broader spectrum of safety strategies than traditional self-defense, including the role of personal boundaries, clear communication, and risk assessment as well as physical techniques to use in an emergency.

Four courses build on themes

The four courses, taught through March, are hosted by the Office of Training and Organizational Development and CSUPD, and sponsored by the Ripple Effect.

The four courses do not need to be completed in succession, and participants do not need to attend all four workshops, although the curriculum does build on themes in each session and participants are encouraged to complete all of the sessions.

Courses, which are held in Green Hall, are scheduled as follows:

  • 3 – 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27: Participants will learn about personal boundaries and freedoms, common strategies used by perpetrators, how to make the flight or fight response work for them, physical techniques that can be used during an emergency, and strategies to reduce risk.
  • 3 – 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10: Healthy boundaries and boundary violations, strategies for projecting power and confidence, and communicating with clarity through challenging encounters will be discussed.
  • 3 – 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24: Participants will learn safety strategies to use in an emergency and overcoming differences in size or strength during a physical encounter, ways to promote safety, and the legality of self-defense.
  • 3 – 5 p.m. Monday, March 10: This final session will share information about technologies that can be used as part of a safety plan, evaluating defensive weapons, and learning to recognized and assess threats.

Pre-registration is required. Classes are limited to 10 participants. Snacks and water will be provided.

For more information about the courses, contact Cpl. Jesse Ihnen at or 970-491-0278.

Contact: Dell Rae Ciaravola