Believed to be the first such program in the state of Michigan to be taught as part of the school P.E. curriculum, P.S.S.'s personal safety course covers a wide range of preparedness both mentally and physically.
In partial response to the recent murder of a college student, Jay Maki, a school counselor and martial arts instructor, developed a school based self-defense program in 1992. The program was also intended to prepare students from a rural upbringing, for the work they would face as they relocated for career or higher education opportunities.
In response to growing requests from staff for additional professional training, PSS's “Conflict De-Escalation” program was first offered in 1994. Drawing on techniques developed over many years of experience working with behaviorally handicapped individuals as both a special education teacher and counselor, in addition to a long martial arts background, a non-violent method of dealing with aggressive individuals was developed. Since then all aspects of business dealing with the public have taken advantage of this training, from education and health care, to hospitality and management personnel.
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