ThinkSafe Seminars
Prepare. Be Aware. Know Your Options.
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With a focus on preventive strategies, and first-response tactics, Dawn's goal is to help you move safely through your day with more awareness and less fear.

I cannot express how impressed I was with the turnout of both Force of Nature events and, even more, the buzz that was created post-event when the empowered women left the community room…it was electric and was truly the best turnout one could have expected!
— Carleen Kopacek, Outreach Programs & Experiences Lead, REI Tucson

Broaden your situational awareness and maximize your options for everyday preventive self-defense.

Seminars utilize real-world stories, drills, scenarios, and technique practice.

Seminars for businesses, non-profits & the public

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Protect Staff - Host an In-house Seminar

  • Seminar content and scenarios are tailored to your organization's needs

  • Provides valuable training for your team

  • Improves customer interactions through de-escalation of tense encounters

  • Reduces incident frequency and costs (time off, medical, disability, etc.)

Each private seminar is tailored for your organization and includes a preliminary meeting to discuss specific areas of concern, kinds of scenarios your employees might find themselves in, and what your HR policies are regarding safety and reporting incidents. All of this is then incorporated into the seminar.  

Grow Community Relations - Sponsor a Public Event

  • Engage new audiences & potential clients

  • Show that your organization is responding to community concerns

  • Provides a unique marketing opportunity

  • Customers will thank you!

Our training methods draw from real-world situations where theory met reality, and applies that knowledge with audience interaction and simple application. Attendees will leave the training more empowered, more aware, and safer than they were when they woke up that morning. And they'll thank you for it!

Raise $$ and Awareness - Create a Non-Profit Fundraiser

  • Raise money for your cause with a unique event

  • Engage new & repeat donors

  • This is an easy-to-run event, requiring only minimal set up & clean up

lunch & learn  and Meet-ups

Trust Your Instincts - how to look, listen & act to increase personal safety

The Swiss Army Knife of Self-Defense - you & your natural weapons

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. - what’s that got to do with safety?

PDPD - Put the Damn Phone Down - how to change a bad habit & increase personal safety

Staying Safe in Unfamiliar Places - business travel strategies

How to ACE Your Next Trip to the Mall - holiday shopping safety tactics


About the seminars

Self-Defense Part 1 - Awareness

What if you could increase awareness, reduce fear, live safer and feel more empowered? This seminar covers specific ways to increase personal and situational awareness as well as how to use basic physical defense options. Explore a variety of effective strategies to help you recognize and prevent violence before it happens, including:

  • Identifying risky people and situations early and often

  • Preparing responses for potential dangers (rather than reacting when it’s too late)

  • Everyday Habits of Awareness & safety

  • Methods for discouraging an attack

Self-Defense Part 2 - Stun & Run Physical Defenses

Because life doesn’t always go as planned, this seminar addresses how to defend yourself physically when needed. The strategies covered in this basic self-defense class include:

  • Using the natural weapons you already have at all times

  • Targeting the best parts of the body to disable and discourage an attacker

  • Understanding ranges of combat, stances and blocking techniques

  • Putting it all together in real-life scenarios with opportunity for hands-on practice in a controlled, safe environment

You will leave this seminar with the knowledge you need to navigate risky situations, and the skills you need to escape if things go wrong.

Travel & Safety Seminars FOR STUDENTS

Sadly, 73% of campus crimes are theft related (burglary, robbery and car theft), while 21% are sex offenses and aggravated assault. These seminars look realistically at the dangers of being a student in the modern world, and what a young person can do to keep themselves and their possessions safer whether on & around campus or traveling abroad. Specific topics include:

  • Everyday Habits of Awareness

  • Identifying risky people & places

  • How to be a hard target - methods for discouraging attackers

  • Dealing with unwanted verbal or physical advances

  • Attending parties, demonstrations & other gatherings as safely as possible

  • Traveling abroad

  • Stun & Run - using natural weapons to escape an attack

  • Creating emergency plans in advance rather than reacting under stress

  • How to best get help in an emergency

  • Who to contact on or off campus after a situation occurs

Students will leave these seminars ready to navigate college life and urban areas aware of danger, empowered to take responsibility for their own safety, and ready to defend themselves if the need arises.