Course description

Being aware of your surroundings and learning to recognize and heed nuances of danger could save your life. In this session, we will learn where our greatest threats come from, how to reduce risk, and skills for dealing with danger.  Learn how to improve your perception of environmental elements and events, and the importance of comprehending their meaning. Why do we often get “a bad feeling” about a person or situation? We will discover where that feeling comes from and why we should trust it. 

Additionally, we will look at recent trends and case studies for lessons learned.


Avoiding tunnel vision
 Signs of aggression
 Situational awareness
 Case studies
 Red flags & pre-incident indicators
 Awareness/OODA loop
 Perceiving danger
 Eliminating, avoiding risk
 Recognizing and handling threats
 De-escalation techniques


Carol Dodgen

Carol Dodgen is the owner of Dodgen Security Consulting. Since 1998, her company has been providing services for businesses, financial institutions, and government entities to include training, ATM lighting inspections, and security assessments. Before forming her company, Carol served as the security training officer for Compass Bank. She earned her Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and spent several years as an adjunct criminal justice instructor. Carol is a nationally recognized speaker who has provided training for over 100,000 corporate, manufacturing, utility, law enforcement, and security personnel over the past 26 years. Carol earned her CPD (Crime Prevention Designation) and provides instruction on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Workplace Violence Prevention and Response, Robbery Prevention and Response, and Personal Safety. Carol has recently produced several video and e-learning training programs. In 2009, Carol was appointed by the governor to serve on the newly formed Alabama Security Regulatory Board and served for 6 years as vice-chair of this board which regulates the security guard industry in the state

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