Edgework

Becoming an Edgework Trainer

I am interested in teaching others the information and skills necessary to be an Edgework trainer. The message must be much bigger than the messenger, or it helps few people. I would be happy to discuss this further with interested and qualified individuals.

There are some preliminary criteria:

  • You should have a masters level or above in some social services and have significant experience as a case manager or therapist. There may be exceptions to this, but this is my standard. (What kind of exception?  For example, a law enforcement officer with a long experience in HNT/CNT or CIT is a possibility).
  • You must already be a trainer of some kind. I would like to see a video of you teaching one of your own classes.
  • Purchase Grace Under Fire and read through it with care. Decide if the ideas, methods and mind-set in this book are congruent with your own. When we talk, I expect you to have studied the book enough that you will be discussing familiar ground that you have carefully thought about on your own. (By the way, this does not mean that you will have nothing of your own to bring to the table, but you must concur with the core principles and techniques of Edgework).
  • If you have the hope of specializing in working with one particular profession (i.e., police CIT programs, parole/probation, social services, etc.), you should also purchase the specific book associated with that profession, and read that through as well. That way, you will be able to see how the Edgework principles are applied to each profession.
  • If you do not have law enforcement experience, you should either take a “Citizens Police Academy” and/or contact your local police department or sheriff’s office to go on some ‘ride-alongs’ with officers. Because we are considering aggression, the police will, necessarily be involved, at times, in incidents involving the agencies you teach, even if you are never teach police yourself. I want people who respect the role of the police officer, have some understanding how difficult a job it is, and know how to work with police cross-discipline, when necessary.
  • Background in a combat sport or martial art is not required, but I consider it a positive: not that you will need your skills as part of being a trainer, but because you will already be informed, to some degree, about the real nature of aggression and violence, both your own and others.

With these criteria in place, please contact me, using the form on this website.

Although this may seem a lot at the front end, I do not want to waste the time of people who are not really suited for this particular work. At any rate, although the front-loading seems heavy, the actual training procedure is not. Mostly, it is observing other Edgework trainers teach, consulting with me, and then teaching pilot classes of your own, which I will observe, either in person or by film.

Many organizations make ‘training trainers,’ with yearly high-priced re-certifications, to be a core of their business model. I do not. I can explain details if/when our discussion gets that far, but essentially, you do not pay me to be trained, other than any expenses that might be necessary for me to go to your locale to observe you teaching a pilot classes. Rather, if and only if you become a trainer, you will pay me an intellectual property fee to use Edgework material in each course you teach.

I look forward to hearing from those interested in this opportunity to do some good work in an area where it is really needed.