The Protective Behaviours program has universal appeal as it can be applied in a range of settings (including health, welfare, education, violence prevention, and crime prevention) to enhance resilience, encourage a positive sense of self, and promote wellbeing.
Theme 1: We all have the right to feel safe all of the time
Discussion of the first theme of Protective Behaviours including shared Rights and Responsibilities, the Continuum of Safety, and early warning signs / Body Signals.
Theme 2: Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone
Explores the effects of talking to people about problems, how to talk to people, and how to establish an effective personal network.
The Seven Protective Behaviours Strategies
A range of strategies are used to implement the core ideas of the program:
- Theme reinforcement – reinforcing the two themes verbally, visually and by example.
- Network review – establishing and regularly reviewing an effective network.
- One step removed – using a ‘third person’ approach for problem solving, to seek assistance or to check out someone’s ideas before making a disclosure. This includes role-play, videos, and asking for help on behalf of another person.
- Protective interrupting – any action we take to interrupt a potentially unsafe situation. This includes keeping children safe from making inappropriate public disclosures.
- Persistence – persisting in seeking help until we feel safe again and our body signals have gone away.
- Risking on purpose – deliberately choosing to take a risk when we desire the possible outcome (e.g. going for a job interview). This also involves remembering and honouring our responsibilities towards the safety of others.
- The language of safety – while this is one of the seven Protective Behaviours strategies, it is discussed at the beginning of the training, as it provides the platform for the entire program.