- Building Community Resilience in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

1-2 Day Seminar + Workshops
(tailored to suit your needs)

Unique
Informative
Empowering
Inspiring

Available at The Peace Ranch™ in Texas USA, Queensland Australia, and other locations by arrangement

 WHO WILL GAIN BENEFIT?

Anyone with an interest in dispelling myths about, raising awareness of and building resilience to violent extremism; understanding how we can reduce and defuse hostility and violent events; and also manage impacts:

  • General Public – Individuals especially teenagers, parents, grandparents, guardians of minors
  • Community Leaders & Groups – Decision Makers, Community Organizations, Crisis and Support Centers, Religious Groups, Culturally Diverse Groups, Women’s and Men’s Groups, Charity Organizations/Rotary etc.
  • Police, Emergency and Rescue Services, Prison Officials – SES, Ambulance/EMS, Police, Fire & Rescue, Coastguard, Community Emergency Response Units, Volunteer Rescue Services, Prison Workers/Custodians
  • Medical and Mental Health Clinicians – Psychologists, Counsellors, Community Health, Child and Adolescent Health workers
  • Students – high schools, Institutes, social sciences, criminology, international relations, security, counter-terrorism, health and safety etc.
  • Government & Private Organizations – Policy Makers, Strategy Decision Makers, WHS/OHS Practitioners and Advisors, Security Personnel, Human Resources Managers, Emergency Management Personnel/Wardens, , those operating commercial hubs
  • Military, Security and Intelligence Organizations – Strategic Decision Makers, Policy Makers, Operational Personnel
  • Mediators, ADRs, Negotiators, Facilitators
  • Political Groups


THE SEMINAR 
(up to 2 full days, plus optional workshops) – this unique and highly informative seminar provides sessions aimed at stimulating conversation and providing tangible information for post-seminar action, including:

KEYNOTE ADDRESS  - delivered by a senior leader with tangible operational experience and knowledge of strategic impacts e.g.

* “IS THE ENEMY WITHIN?”, Leonard Glare, OAM FAIM
* “ACADEMIA OR ACTION”, Kelvin Glare, AO APM

BUILDING INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Resilience refers to characteristics that result in positive outcomes after stressful and changing life events. The literature on resilience at an individual level is focused on identifying patterns of positive adaptation, higher functioning, wellness and growth or recognizing which individuals are likely to respond to change with lower stress attributions, less physical illness, and less psychological disorder. When applied to communities, a psychological perspective would define resilient communities as those that are capable of withstanding stress and change, both in terms of their capacities to avoid fragmentation of the group and in terms of continuing prosperity under times of stress. Delivered by experienced mental health practitioners, this segment explores the cyclic relationship between the psychological needs of individuals and their communities and extends the discussion to building individual and community resilience in the face of adversity and disaster.

COUNTERING EXTREMISM
This presentation, based on preventative forms of education, aims to educate participants about how they can influence away from fundamentalist /extremist ideals and toward personal conduct that rewards both the individual and societies. Participants will learn about the journey a member of society might take to arrive at the point at which they would willingly sacrifice themselves for the objectives of a religion, political ideology or to make a different kind of proclamation. In our advocating for education as the best means by which violent extremism can be neutralized before any seed of extremism can manifest as a violent incarnation, participants will be shown the virtue of positive choice being made against the destructive nature of fundamentalism/extremism. 

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CVE
In this segment our presenter will address gender and offer reasons for why a woman’s role in CVE is, perhaps mistakenly, not considered. Participants will learn why and how women can promote, support, contribute to and participate in CVE, and why women are crucial in preventing violent extremism; what is being done world-wide by Intergovernmental Organizations; understand the stereotypes of women who are more likely to be involved in extremist activities, how their participation is underestimated given the false perception that women are inherently peaceful, and why recruiters target women to participate; be advised on what women can do in a family, local and broader community setting to stop violent extremism; and be updated on some significant women’s groups and summits that are working together to counter violent extremism.

UNDERSTANDING SECURITY AND THE RISK LANDSCAPE
There are two aspects to security – (i) there is rarely enough time, money and other resources to secure everything, and (ii) security is not an end in itself. Rather, achieving a level of security enables the achievement of goals and objectives. Whilst security and risk management can be seen as complex and overwhelming, in this segment participants will gain insight into the structure and logic underpinning security analysis and assessment; understand the functional interrelationship threats, opportunities, risk and risk tolerance/appetite, and how this can provide you with a basic understanding of your security landscape. Participants will also hear about what aspects of their community’s landscape are valuable assets e.g. people, reputation, finances; understand what should be protected and why; understand what types of threats (in particular violent extremists and ‘lone wolf’, ‘maverick individuals’) may threaten community assets; learn how to frame the scope of the security environment and also identify a systematic approach to prioritize and managing risks. 

UNDERSTANDING AND SURVIVING TERRORISM OR VIOLENT INCIDENTS
In this segment participants will learn about how to recognize possible threats to themselves and/or others, and how to reduce the chance of becoming a victim; learn about personal security, crime prevention, terrorism indicators, ‘prevention being better than cure’ and what to report to authorities. Participants will also gain an understanding of threats to their country or region.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AS A PROTECTIVE FACTOR FOLLOWING DISASTERS
Each year, millions of people worldwide are directly affected by severe trauma and large-scale disasters (e.g. earthquakes, floods, bush fires, hurricanes and war). Many will develop psychological disorders such as major depression, generalized anxiety disorder and Post Traumatic Stress symptoms. Many more experience non-specific distress, somatic complaints and other health conditions. In the case of large scale disasters at least 50%  of those directly affected are shown to suffer from clinically significant distress and psychopathology. Human resilience dictates that a large number of individuals will naturally recover from disasters over time and move on (some will even thrive) without experiencing chronic health issues. A number of resilience factors are identified in the disaster literature, which protect individuals in terms of psychological function post-disaster. These include  social support, coping self-efficacy, hope, positive outlook, optimism, self-esteem, adaptability, spirituality, ability to mentalize, openness to experience and aptitude, most of which are components of what is termed Emotional Intelligence i.e. our ability to understand ourselves and others as well as manage our emotional responses and our interpersonal relationships. 

GLOBALIZATION AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
Much of the marginalization and hostility harbored by prospective terrorists/extremists originates from a globalizing world that places disproportionate burden and wealth on developing and modernized nations respectively. There is also a dishonorable history and continuing trend of multi-national corporations (MNCs) exploiting the environments and people of developing nations, in the advance of profit, with little or no responsibility for the future prospects of such nations. Adding to the complexity of the globalization paradigm is the perception that powerful and wealthy nations exemplify the merits of free trade based globalization as an avenue to economic prosperity, security and even democracy while imposing rules of commerce and conditions of trade that are contrary to the ideals of free trade. There is an inherent responsibility, if not a loosely defined legal obligation by governments, MNCs and citizens of dominant trading nations to conduct international trade in an ethical and respectful manner that benefits both trading partners in a sustainable and equitable way. 

OPERATIONAL MODES OF TERRORISM
This segment will focus on the prevailing operational tactics of terrorist organizations and encourage agencies, communities and businesses to employ an imaginative and vigilant approach towards the prevention of terrorism. Participants will learn what kind of behavior or indicators to look for; a range of terrorist objectives; and about behavior/psychological profiles.

BASIC CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS FOR COMMUNITY LEADERS
Community leaders, religious leaders and community organizations can play a critical role in conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict peace building. This segment will provide a useful practical overview of the nature of conflict, power and judgment in the community and traverse some basic mediation and conflict resolution strategies as applicable in community and group settings. For those who already have the confidence of their community, this session will empower people and provide them with new strategies and perspectives to help them work more effectively in this important area within their own community or group.

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1/2 Day Workshops can be offered on a range of topics. Our standard workshops include:

WORKSHOP A: SURVEILLANCE DETECTION (INTRODUCTION AND ADVANCED TECHNIQUES)

Participants will learn the art of Surveillance Detection as taught by Government agencies. The workshop will be conducted in two phases:

Introductory phase – will include such topics as what surveillance detection is; the threat; red and green zones; observation posts, equipment; mobile surveillance tactics; foot surveillance tactics; counter-surveillance tactics; and routine clearance.

Advanced phase – participants will learn operational surveillance detection; team operations; team leadership; advanced surveillance techniques; use of hidden surveillance devices; advanced counter-surveillance tactics; and undertake an exercise in surveillance detection.

 

WORKSHOP B: “POWER” – RECOGNIZING, HARNESSING AND CHANNELING POSITIVE PERSONAL POWER FOR CONSTRUCTIVE OUTCOMES AND IMPROVED RELATIONSHIPS
Nola Hennessy, Founding Managing Director/Member & CEO, Serenidad Consulting®

In this segment Nola will encapsulate some of the teachings in No Boxing Allowed, into a 3.5 hour segment leaving participants empowered, more confident and with a significantly heightened level of self-awareness.

Nola will introduce energy and personal power through practical exercises, provide powerful insight into energy pathways present in the body; and how both the positive and negative channeling of electromagnetic forces can make or break relationships. Nola will guide delegates in gaining a greater awareness of their positive energy capabilities; understanding of their motives and barriers to success; identifying the ‘boxes’ that need to be removed in order to achieve positive progress in life; and will explain the fundamental differences in ‘power’.

Participants will learn self-empowerment and communication strategies that can easily and immediately be applied for positive outcomes in every context of life.

THE ABOVE 2-DAY SEMINAR AND WORKSHOPS ARE COMPLEMENTED BY OUR

“POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS – NOT A LIFE SENTENCE“, 6 hour SEMINAR