June 20, 2019

Management of aggressive behavior training offered by Vanderbilt Police, June 21

Health care workers on a daily basis face threats to their safety as they care for patients ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults. According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrations, about three-quarters of U.S. workplace assaults occur in healthcare settings. Vanderbilt University Police Department responded to over 1,850 calls regarding disorderly conduct behavior within the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 2018, which resulted in over 70 physical assaults, over 20 threats of violence, and multiple instances of hospital property being damaged. In response to these ongoing safety concerns for healthcare workers, the Vanderbilt University Police Department partnered with MOAB Training International, Inc. to provide de-escalation training to all of their Community Service Officers. MOAB stands for Management of Aggressive Behavior. Community Service Officers were presented with verbal de-escalation skills as well as hands-on strategies to control aggressive behavior and avoid physical harm based on modern techniques and principles.

Vanderbilt University Public Safety is now providing these same verbal de-escalation skills to the VUMC community where participants will learn basic strategies to identify aggressive behaviors and avoid physical harm. VUPS will be offering a free MOAB Introduction Course on June 21, 2019 from 8 a.m. to noon at the VUPS Support Services Annex located at 115 28th Ave. South. Upon completion, participants will be asked to complete a course evaluation and will receive a certificate of completion. 

Space is limited to 40 participants so please use the link to confirm your attendance.


Questions can be directed to Captain Michael Pring at michael.t.pring@vanderbilt.edu.