Psychological DEFENCE TRAINING – INNER ARMOUR
To be able to use the Inner Armour Coaching® method, to solve problems and manipulate your own strengths for effectiveness.
To understand more about yourself and be able to psychologically protect yourself and those around you.
Outstanding members of the team can perform the Inner Armour® Coaching Method® and are licensed to use.
Measurable positive impact pre and post training in Stress reduction, Resilience, Psychological Strength & Post Traumatic Growth.
Team have developed and grown authentic connections.
Team can spot early warning signs in their colleagues & intervene to prevent issues arising.
Participants train together to be able to hold 25 minute/1 hour peer to peer psychological coaching sessions with each other. Participants learn how to coach each other through anxiety, depression, stress & isolation using technique and each other. As a result, many issues are dealt with without the need for occupational health to be involved. Highly effective results have been seen both nationally and internationally.
Impact is measured using four academic psychological scales. This training includes the use of a specifically designed Inner Armour® theory of Lego®.
Qualifying and course requirements
Although no formal qualifications are required for the training, not everyone may qualify to be a licensed Inner Armour® coach. Some people are just not suitable for qualifying in the methodology, further details here:
The Training Class
You must be a serving or retired member of the police or armed forces in your country (exceptions for special forces) to attend in addition to:
– To care about your fellow colleagues and personnel.
– To take the following free character strengths test and note down your top three strengths. (Takes about 10 minutes)
– A willingness to learn
– An ability to authentically listen
Becoming a licensed Inner Armour® Coach
– To care about your fellow colleagues and personnel.
– To achieve an acceptable score on the Rational Behaviour Inventory (RBI) test completed in class.
– To have downloaded the app, subscribed and committed to conducting one Inner Armour® coaching session a month.
– To take the following free character strengths test and note down your top three strengths (Takes about 10 minutes)
– A willingness to learn.
– An ability to authentically listen.
– To own understand and refer to the Inner Armour® Official Handbook as your guide.
– To be guided by the International Coaching Federations Ethics guide
– To complete a 6 month supervised session for quality control.
“I’ve never met someone with so much passion for Psychology before. Al has got the balance right between coming out with us on shift regularly and getting stuck in, going out with Essex, listening to officers, seeing what we deal with & teaching us how to apply quarantine.
I watched this past year as Inner Armour tested, taught & strategically implemented Quarantine. For Al to be working nationally, liaising with Chief Superintendents, Assistant Commissioners, The Police Federation & different forces has impressed me.
This method reduces stress, anxiety & depression & is one of the most important developments in policing I’ve experienced. The resilience I’ve seen develop in my officers since doing this training is incredible. We will look back in years to come and be shocked we didn’t utilise this sooner.”
POLICE SERGEANT | DARYL JONES 12GD | LONDON MET POLICE
“Thank you so much for your work with us over the 2 day course, it was pretty intense but worth it! I think we all saw how passionate you were to make a difference in the Police service – It really is appreciated.
I saw from the assessment at the end of day 2, quite how effective the method is. When speaking to [X] around her issue, I initially thought it was something that I would struggle to assist with – However, having followed the training, I found myself thinking in a completely different way as I had further information and responses from her – I was amazed that the conversation led to me almost seeing the stress ‘drain’ out of her, over a really sad story. There is most certainly a place for this to be used amongst my colleagues, my friends and family, and the public we serve.
The mental health of officers and staff across the Police service has never been so important, with a reduction is staffing, it is crucial that we are thriving and have the tools to manage our stress and emotion. As you describe, it is important that we operate as the ‘Best me”, so when those traumatic or stressful situations arise, the impact takes us down to a level that is still above that of a depressed/stressed state. If we are all on board with this and talk to each other and understand our emotions better, this tool will equip us to make sure we are maximising the effect of the conversations we have with one another.
I am a TRiM practitioner so understand the importance of the reactive function after trauma – But, quite rightly, it makes sense for us to be putting ourselves in the best possible mental place before any job related trauma takes place and minimises the likelihood of any other stresses in our personal or working lives aggravating any particular work related trauma. Quarantine can be used at any time, not just after trauma, and there is no need for a referral, just the awareness of colleagues around us. Quarantine also allows us to probe for an issue, or identify the root of an issue, as opposed what is initially presented.
Great work Al, thanks again for you time!”
POLICE SERGEANT | JAMES BULL 75688 | ESSEX POLICE
“Thank you again for a fantastic 2 Days. Excited about taking this forward and really being able to make a difference.
In 2 days I have been able to reflect on matters in my personal life but also professionally. Professionally it has given me a tool to increase morale, improve relationships amongst teams but also help individuals.
If officers are open to this and willing to “give it a go” I think this could have massive value to the force. Reduce stress and increase morale.”
PC MARTIN WILSHER | CONSTABLE 72390 | ESSEX POLICE
“I have been telling as many people about the benefits of Inner armour as I can. I joined you guys for 2 of my rest days (don’t worry I got them back over the weekend) having one day of before returning to work. I have not felt as refreshed as I did in a long time.
The two days provided me with time to reflect on what I needed to let go of to free my mind up, so thank you.
I’m looking to try some “carpet bombing” of officers by giving the late turn a set of cakes for briefing simply for arriving at work and gratitude notes to my officers for the help the provide me. I’m hoping this will start an interest in what’s “wrong” with me providing a platform for Inner armour to be discussed. Additionally I get the benefit as well seeing them happier.”
SERGEANT LLEWELLYN HOLMES | APS 75583 | ESSEX POLICE
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