Ready or Not - A Focused Series on Prevention and Safety


Ready or Not is a focused series addressing awareness, personal safety, and risk reduction. You will learn about available resources on the UI campus as well as practical means to address some unexpected challenges. The goals for this series include:

  • A clear understanding of resources
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of potentially harmful behaviors
  • Increase understanding of mental health issues as they relate to safety and risk
  • Explore strategies to decrease vulnerability
  • Reduce fear, reduce risk and increase trust in self-awareness


Threat Assessment

September 18, 2014 | 9 am - 11:30 am
Instructors: Peter Berkson and Jane Caton, Threat Assessment Program

Threat Assessment presenters will provide an introduction to Ready or Not – giving a general overview of the series. They will then present on the UI Threat Assessment Program, describing the process and history of Threat Assessment, warning signs and ways in which to report these concerns. Also covered will be some de-escalation techniques, fear management, and how Threat Assessment is able to assist in potentially threatening situations from mere consultation to direct intervention.

Bystander Intervention: Stopping Harmful Behaviors Before They Escalate

October 2, 2014 | 9 am - 11:30 am
Instructor: Linda Kroon, Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC)

Inappropriate, offensive and harassing conduct must be addressed in order to create a safe and welcoming campus and community. In order to create positive community change, we need the participation of helpful and active bystanders. However, if bystanders do not possess the appropriate skills and confidence, they often choose to remain silent and passive.

In this training, participants will learn about the bystander intervention model of response, including identifying ‘precursor’ behaviors that may escalate, and effective options for response. Participants will learn and practice specific bystander intervention skills and techniques. The training includes discussion of scenarios common to the workplace and university community. Participants learn ways to provide support to each other, and opportunity to practice bystander intervention skills.

Recognizing and Responding Effectively to Antisocial Behavior In Your Personal Life and On the Job: Perpetrators, Victim Impact and Empowerment Through Knowledge and Practice

October 16, 2014 | 9 am - 12 noon
Instructor: Karla Miller

Recognizing signs of antisocial behavior in individuals early and what to do about it is important to you personally and professionally. Whether you are confronted by an angry individual or one who “just” makes you uncomfortable and you can’t quite identify why, knowing how to assess a situation, and having effective ways to respond while avoiding ineffective or even ill-advised responses is critical.

Personal Safety & Self-Protection for University Employees/ Disruptive Persons/De-escalation Techniques

October 30, 2014 | 9 am - 10:30 am
Instructors: Oleta McKenna, UI Police Department

A lecture course given upon group request that covers the principles of personal safety and self-protection for university employees as well as the philosophy of resistance. The course also covers de-escalation techniques and risk reduction - risk reduction accounts for 90% of self-defense.

Cyber-Stalking and Beyond: How Information Technology Can Be Used to Harass, Intimidate and Harm; How to Protect Yourself; How to Get Help

November 6, 2014 | 9 am - 10:30 am
Instructor: Linda Kroon, Women's Resource & Action Center (WRAC)

Information technology tools are an integral part of life for UI staff and faculty members. These tools make our work easier and more effective, and help us to communicate and make connections; but in the hands of someone with ill intent, they can also be used to stalk, harass, bully and intimidate. This workshop presents information about the problem, examples of technologies being exploited by offenders and the impact on those they target, information about social media such as Facebook, and shares information about resources available as part of a coordinated response to prevent and intervene in situations in which technology is being used to stalk, harass, bully and/or intimidate, as well as steps individuals can take to increase their own personal safety.

Violent Incident Survival Training

November 20, 2014 | 9 am - 11 am
Instructor: Shawn Sharp, UI Police Department

Violent incidents in society are becoming more frequent and mainstream around the nation and world. A.L.i.C.E., which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, is a flexible set of principles that may be adapted to any violent situation. The goal of this training is to begin your mental preparation of recognizing, assessing, and responding to threats against you. More information can be found on the Department of Public Safety website.

Mental Health and Crisis Intervention

December 4, 2014 | 9 am - 11 am
Instructor: Paula Keeton, University Counseling Service

This three-hour workshop will focus on mental health and crisis intervention. Our time together will include:  an overview of general mental health and psychological wellness, “hands on” learning opportunities to gain skills and confidence in dealing with upset or distressed people, and interactive strategies for mental health crisis management and intervention.

Panel Discussion/Series Conclusion

December 11, 2014 | 9 am - 11 am
Jane Caton, Pete Berkson and Linda Kroon


Classes are open to all interested faculty and staff on an a-la-carte basis. Enroll in the class sessions that interest you; complete at least five of the eight sessions to receive a certificate of completion for this series.

To enroll, visit Employee Self Service | My Training | Enroll in Courses | Available Sessions and Series, and search for classes that begin with “RON."