Course Description:  3 days, 24 hours

    The PPCT Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically
    designed to meet the needs of women when control methods and assault prevention methods are
    required. Principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through
    actual techniques of countering an attack are stressed in this program. Utilizing efficient and
    effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT has developed a
    training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.

    Course Goals:
    1. To examine survival-learning research in an effort to enhance survivability in combat
    2. To instruct a subject control system that is compatible with the effects of survival stress
    and allows women to easily and effectively control situations that arise.
    3. To teach a subject control system based upon techniques that do not rely on size and
    strength and that can be easily learned and retained.
    4. To refine student technique to the instructor level.
    5. To teach instructional methods designed to enhance a student’s ability to learn survival
    techniques, increase his/her confidence level, and assist in the successful application of
    physical techniques.

    Course Topics:

    Effects of Survival Stress on Performance
    This chapter examines survival stress research and provides students with information that will
    enhance their survivability in combative situations and recommendations regarding issues related
    to critical incident management.

    Instructor Development and Training Protocols
    This chapter reviews instructional methods designed to enhance a student’s ability to learn
    survival techniques, increase his/her confidence level, and assist in the successful application of
    physical techniques. Topics covered include the psychology of survival training, motivational
    factors for learning survival skills, the neural basis of learning, and the stimulus response training
    principle. This chapter also introduces PPCT training protocols, including certification
    procedures, course protocols and registration requirements, and classroom safety concerns.

    Prevention Psychology
    This chapter examines the many variables associated with prevention psychology and explores
    the concept of the assailant as predator and the victim as prey. It reviews a variety of different
    personality types and identifies which type is more likely to become a victim. Other topics
    discussed include predatory actions of the assailant, developing a prevention mindset, and
    personal security steps that may prevent the student from becoming a victim.

    Principles of Avoidance
    This chapter is designed to help students learn to predict and avoid pending aggression by
    becoming aware of certain threat cues and reading potentially aggressive body language. It
    focuses on the three “Principles of Avoidance” (know your limitations, control the environment,
    and control your fear) and examines how awareness and distance control survival stress/fear.

    Passive Releases and Escapes
    This chapter examines a form of assaults referred to as “Passive Assaults”, which can be very
    frustrating and potentially dangerous of not managed quickly and correctly. It analyzes the three
    most common forms of passive assaults (passive intimidation, flirtatious contact, and wrist
    grabs) and three techniques designed to control/manage them.

    Defensive Counter strikes
    This chapter presents a system of defensive counterstrikes, composed of two blocks, two
    stunning techniques delivered with the back of the hand and the inside of the wrist, and two kicks
    targeting the lower leg, all designed to temporarily stun or disable an aggressor for 30 seconds or
    more and allow the student time to escape.

    This chapter gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to disarm and aggressor when all
    other survival strategies have failed. It examines the issues a student needs to consider in
    preparing mentally and physically to disarm an assailant and presents the three basic steps in
    both the PPCT weapon disarming system: waiting for the subject to be distracted; developing a
    predetermined survival response; and maintaining psychological control of the assailant and the