Restraint & Handcuff Instructor Refresher Courses 2022

Combined Restraint Trainer and Handcuff Trainer Refresher Courses: March 2022

This year we have combined the Restraint Trainer Refresher with a Handcuff Trainer Refresher so if you are already a qualified Handcuff Trainer with us then both of your refreshers will be run on this one day.

There Are Three 1 x Day Refresher Courses To Choose From: The 22nd, 23rd or 24th March 2022

This will save you time and money (because there is no additional charge for the additional handcuff refresher) and because the two skills compliment each other it seems like the sensible thing to do.

But I’m Not a Qualified Handcuff Trainer

If you are not a BTEC Level 3 Handcuff Trainer and are not intending to be that’s not a problem. This day will give you an insight into how handcuffs can be used in restraint situations so it will act as great CPD (Continual Professional Development) for you in broadening your knowledge and competence with regards to the wider application of restraint equipment.

Also, if you wanted to take the BTEC Level 3 Award in The Use of Restraint Equipment and become a properly qualified Level 3 Handcuff Trainer then there is that option too that will be made available to you once you book on.

SIA Refresher Requirements

This refresher will also cover the SIA PI refresher for those of you who need a SIA PI Refresher certificate to continue delivering the module 4 PI unit of the Door Supervisors License To Practice Award. 

Additional Updates

We will also be covering the following for you too:

1: We will bring you up to date and up to speed with the new SIA PI techniques and processes and the new manuals and paperwork (which you should already have);

2: We will tell you about the recent changes to the SIA Close Protection Award, including Physical Intervention for CP; 

3: We will give you an update on what is happening with BILD and the RRN.

Please Note: Accommodation is NOT included. If you require any please add it when you make your booking.

These are 1 x Day Refresher Courses. To Book Your Place Choose One Of The Three 1 x Day Option Dates Below 

------------------ 1 x Payment of £375 + Vat ---------------------

Accommodation is NOT included. If you require any please add it when you make your booking

The Importance of Attending Refresher Training

In this video we will look at the importance of attending refresher training by covering:

1: Brain Plasticity & Reconsolidation;

2: The Forgetting Curve;

3: Health & Safety Legislation;

4: Other Refresher Training Requirements;

5: HSG48.

As well as the benefits of attending a refresher training course balanced against the liabilities associated in not attending one. 

Start Time: 0900 – Finish: 1630 Hours Approximately

Venue Location & Address

Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre
Near Newport
United Kingdom
TF10 9AT

If travelling to the centre using Satellite Navigation please use the alternative postcode TF10 9LQ

Course Duration

This is a one day course.

Restraint Reduction & Additional Conflict Management Training

On this years refreshers we are also going to be doing some upskilling on Restraint Reduction and Conflict Management …with a difference!

Because of the increasing levels of distress caused by staff having to deal with the increase of aggressive and abusive behaviour, we going to be adding some additional resources into the refresher training this year.
NLP & Hypnotic Language Structures, Mindfulness Breathing Exercises … and more.
These additional resources will include instruction and training on NLP & Hypnotic Language Structures, Mindfulness Breathing Exercises … and more (and you’ll get all of the resources to help you deliver these sessions too).
What’s Mindfulness Meditation Got To Do With Restraint Reduction and Conflict Management?
Well it has a lot to do with it!

This is what Gillian Higgins; an international Criminal Barrister at 9 Bedford Row, who is also the founder of Practical Meditation and the author of Mindfulness at Work and Home said in one of her articles:

“Conflict is an innate part of life. Even so, it can be hard to tackle it in a way that transforms relationships for the better. When a conflict arises, mindfulness invites you to approach it non-judgementally. Rather than lashing out, or reacting habitually, it invites you to pause, take a moment and breathe slowly. This helps you assess how to respond rather than knee-jerk react. Among colleagues, this could mean the difference between an angry row and a robust exchange of words. 

Mindfulness grows your self-awareness and helps you refrain from leaping to assumptions about others you might otherwise make. This ‘one step removed’ approach helps to de-escalate conflict and leaves room for the benefit of the doubt. It’s easy to attribute motive to another’s actions, but if you’re able to leave judgement aside for just a few moments, you have a chance of seeing the situation for what it really is, rather than what you think it’s about. It also helps you take disputes less personally.

One of the great benefits of mindfulness is its ability to repair the consequences of conflict. This can be vital where people work side by side everyday. It doesn’t necessarily mean they argue less, but rather they engage with greater awareness and empathy for the other’s point of view. People become more willing to accept that everyone falls prey to strong emotions, such as anger, pride or jealousy. They become less attached to the emotions themselves and more able to work on the heart of a disagreement. The teaching of mindfulness within the workplace helps to grow self-awareness, compassion and resilience. The breathing space it affords is often just enough to provide the pause necessary to avert or de-escalate an argument – or even a fight.”

This is a recent podcast I did on the importance of mind training when dealing with conflict situations.

In it I talk about how meditation can help prevent emotional hijacking of our thinking brain by our more primitive limbic system which can trigger the fight, flight and freeze response.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness Meditation Increases Resilience

Resilience has been described as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and we have all had our fair share of those during the last year.

One of the great benefits of practicing mindfulness and awareness is that we become more flexible and more resilient. 

But meditation can also be useful in more dynamic ways. Meditation can help you do more than slow down your racing thoughts-it can help you think quicker. It can help you adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. It can be a key tool in promoting resilience. Without doubt, stress reduction improves resilience.

During these refreshers I will show you the evidence behind these facts and how you can adopt simple mindful meditation practices into your training and your life.

Mindfulness Enhances the Performance of US Special Forces

Training in Mindfulness Meditation has been shown to significantly enhances the performance of elite US special forces, a new study has discovered.

Even the simplest of mindfulness exercises were shown to enhance working memory, clarity of thought, and the ability to focus under extreme pressure.

‘Previous studies have found that mindfulness protects against the deterioration in cognitive performance during periods of high stress to help special forces sustain their performance and well-being over time,’ said Dr Amishi Jha, a Psychologist at the University of Miami and lead researcher on the study.

To read the full article click here – Mindfulness May Enhance the Performance of US Special Forces.

Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group

There is even a ‘Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group’, the purpose of which is to review research evidence, current best practice, extent and success of implementation, and potential developments in the application of mindfulness within a range of policy areas, and to develop policy recommendations for government based on these findings.

New SIA Requirements for SIA Accredited PI Trainers

If you are re-accrediting to deliver the Module 4 Physical Intervention Unit of the Door Supervisors License To Practice Award then please watch this video as the SIA have implemented new requirements that we must all comply with as from the 1st June 2018.

Why Refresh?

One of the main reasons why you need to refresh your training is because of Health and Safety Legislation. Regulation 13(3) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states that:

“The training referred to in paragraph (2) shall –

a) be repeated periodically where appropriate;

b) be adapted to take account of any new or changed risks to the health and safety of the employees concerned; and

c) take place during working hours.”

In addition, we also know that what we learn degrades with time. For example, research shows that if we are told something then our recall after three weeks is 70% but after three months is only 10%. If we are told and shown something then our recall after three weeks is 72% but after three months is only 32%. If however, we are told, shown and experience something then our recall after three weeks is 85% but after three months is 65%, however, as many agencies do not do pressurised / dynamic training so that their staff can ‘experience’ it full it is possible that the 65% recall after 3 months is less. Also, even these figures will degrade further between three and twelve months. That is why refresher training is important.

Regulation 13(1) of the same Regulations states that:

“Every employer shall, in entrusting tasks to his employees, take into account their capabilities as regards health and safety.”

Therefore, all employers are legally required to ensure that their staff are capable of doing what they are being tasked to do (as part of their employed role) to a competent standard, and this requires training and re-training at regular periods, and this also applies to those of you who are self-employed as it is your responsibility to ensure that you remain competent and up to date with any changes (legislative or otherwise) that have a bearing on what you provide for your clients.

The Forgetting Curve and How To Combat It

The Forgetting Curve

With covid impacting on physical intervention refresher training we must expect that staff who are not being trained will have forgotten most of what they have learned.

This will be compounded by certain factors which can impact information retention.

This blog post highlights how memory is lost over time and what we can do to help retain it – which is fundamentally important for all staff trained in physical intervention and physical intervention trainers.

You can read the full blog post here –

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