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


The Threat Assessment (TAT) and Early Intervention (EIT) Teams

Instructors: Jane Caton and Eli Hotchkin, Threat Assessment Team (TAT) | Angie Reams, Mirra Anson, Early-Intervention Team (EIT)

Come learn about two campus resources that you might not have known were available to help staff and students: TAT and EIT.

The first hour of class introduces the Threat Assessment Team (TAT). Learn how TAT and the Assessment and Care Team can be a resource to you, serving as primary contacts for the university community concerned with behaviors and situations which have a potential for self-harm and/or harm to others. Along with providing an understanding of the history of threat assessment, campus/school violence and shootings will be addressed. We will also speak about harassment/stalking, suicidal ideation/attempts, and mental health issues as they relate to violence.

The second hour of class covers the Early Intervention Team (EIT), a collaborative group of university staff designed to support struggling students "behind the scenes." EIT operates as a safety net; the members of the team work together to connect students with appropriate resources and provide assistance to foster student success and retention. You will learn more about EIT and ways to collaborate with the team to assist students of concern.

Personal Safety & Self-Protection

Instructor: Alton Poole, UI Police Department

This course 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.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence and Stalking

Instructors: Monique DiCarlo and Amanda Martin, RVAP

Ensure a caring, effective, and prompt response to reporting parties' disclosures by: clarifying AAO responsibilities under UI policy; highlighting institutional obligations; and, providing trauma informed response tools.

Part of the Ready or Not series, but open to all employees, especially if you are an AAO (required reporter).

Mental Health and Crisis Intervention

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.

We’re There When You Need It. Your UI EAP.

Instructors: Maggie Moore, LISW and Bronwyn Threlkeld-Wiegand, LISW, UI Employee Assistance Program 

The UI Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling and consultation for a variety of work and personal related issues. This class will outline the UI EAP core services offered to faculty, staff and their families as well as some of the specialty services developed in response to campus needs. Additionally, the class will offer strategies for making referrals to the program as well as accessing other resources on campus.

Bystander Intervention: Stopping Harmful Behaviors Before They Escalate

Instructor: Linda Stewart 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.

Understanding and Living With Trauma: A Client-Centered Framework

Instructor: Adam Robinson, RVAP

Understanding 'trauma' as any experience that is severely distressing, we all experience trauma during our lifetimes. Participants will learn the impact of trauma on our brain, development, and capacity for stress. The client-centered framework will be outlined, including the psychology of regulation and the six necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change. These conditions will be applied to everyday situations and participants will engage in case scenarios and group activities to help them better understand and practice self-awareness, self-care, congruence, empathy, and unconditional positive regard.

Violent Incident Survival Training

Instructor: Tyler Ohnemus, 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.


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 a Course and search for classes that begin with “Ready or Not."