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For Corrections Officers

Proactive Stress Management & Resilience Skills

'Reset', Manage Stress, Prevent Burn-Out & Stress-Injury

Resilience, Attention Focus, Emotion-Regulation & De-escalation Skills

Evidence-Based, Mindfulness-Based Training Modules

Watch a brief News Report about a Mindfulness Symposium for Corrections Officers and 1st Responders, (Louisville Kentucky, USA),

(conducted by colleges of ours, Mark Allen and Fleet Maul)

One Canadian study estimates a quarter of all guards suffer from PTSD.

Corrections Officer Training Module:

Proactive Stress Management & Resilience Skills

Training Objectives:

  • Enhance mental, psychological resilience, leading to improved health, wellness, moral and performance outcomes

  • Enhance capacity to remain calm, present, responsive and empathetic under pressure

  • Strengthen capacity to 'Reset' after critical incident, and to release stress

  • Provide skills for self-talk regulation, emotion regulation, goal setting, mental agility and attention control

  • Empower stress management and self-regulation skills for ‘on the spot’ application, when encountering acute stressors

  • Increase personal zone of optimal performance and wellbeing

  • Prevent compassion-fatigue, ‘burn-out’ and long term stress injury such as PTSD

  • Support recovery from long term stress and trauma effects

  • Enhance ability to remain non-reactive, and apply non-verbal communication and listening skills

  • Provide practical understanding of the neuroscience of resilience, stress and stress management, and mindfulness

  • Remove the stigma from stress impact and injury


Skills Taught:

  • Effective skills and exercises to expand zone of optimal performance, de-escalation and decision-making capacity

  • Practical grounding, calming, cooling skills for high-stress situations

  • Attention, focusing and mindfulness skills

  • Effective skills and practical exercises to reset, release stress and turn stress into resilience

  • Non-verbal communication and listening skills and ability to remain non-reactive

  • Effective skills to suspend self-talk and redirect attention to present moment, clarity and task at hand

  • Pre-verbal emotion management, non-reactivity and regulation skills

  • Situational- and self-awareness skills 

  • Breath regulation, body-scanning, nervous system de-conflicting skills and other stress management skills 

  • Self-awareness, reflection and cognitive reframing skills

  • Effective skills to go beyond 'automatic-pilot' or habitual re-action, to situational awareness and intentional response

Contact Us Now to discuss how we can help you, or to set up an introductory presentation for you. 

Evidence-based, mindfulness-based training modules

  • Designed by military and security officers

  • Based on MBSR, Martial Art, somatic and warrior exercises 

  • Based on 30 years experience in training mindfulness techniques in various professional contexts 

  • Customized for Corrections Officers, honoring your professional culture and operational reality

Police Chief Sylvia Moir (Arizona, Tempe) says mindfulness should be a key piece of officer development. 

Watch excerpts from an interview by ABC News' Dan Harris.

To view the entire interview go here.

(credit: Dan Harris and '10% Happier', ABC News)

Please Note: 

Discussions in these videos focus primarily on mindfulness sitting practices in policing. Corrections officers deal with very similar demands and require the same stress management skills. The practices discussed are part of our training modules, along with other effective body-mind and movement exercises, much like those used by the Mindfitness Institute in working with the US Marines, and by Police Lieutenant Richard Goerling in his work with US Police Departments.

Police Officers discuss the use and effects of mindfulness on:

  • Ability to 'Re-Set' after critical incidents

  • Stress release, recovery and wellbeing

  • Mental sharpness and presence under stress

  • De-Escalation and effective communication skills

  • Tactical and combat breathing

  • Performance outcomes 

(credit: Dan Harris and '10% Happier', ABC News)


The US Naval Research Centre together with the US Marine Corps, and the Mindfitness Institute conducted several research studies on the mindfulness and body-mind exercises included in MbwareTraining programs. 

More on Research Here

Watch this Police Research Brief (a video summery)

Or view full research paper PDF here

A Pilot Study Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Cortisol Awakening Response and Health Outcomes among Law Enforcement Officers

Michael S. Christopher; Richard J. Goerling; Brant S. Rogers & Matthew Hunsinger; Greg Baron; Aaron L. Bergman; David T. Zava

Find Out More and set up an introductory presentation for you

Training Content:

  • Mindfulness and mindfulness-in-action exercises

  • Body-mind techniques & somatic movement exercises

  • Re-Setting and self-regulation techniques

  • Experiential exercises

  • Instruction on the techniques, how to apply them

  • Debriefings and discussions

  • Honoring your experience, tactical reality and culture 

  • Relevant scientific information on stress, resilience and the training methodology

Training Delivery:

  • Adaptable to your needs and organizational realities

  • Series of two hour long, weekly sessions or intensive workshops

  • Optional group or one-on-one follow-up check-ins, guided exercise facilitation, and coaching

  • Aligned in support of your training strategy and objectives

  • Collaboratively designed outcome-oriented evaluations

  • Audio files with guided exercises 

  • Potential for training certified ‘internal’/peer facilitators 



"Your life is dependent on staying calm and making appropriate decisions while under stress"

Lt.Col Scott McLeod, Canadian Forces, Deputy Surgeon General


"For years, so many of us involved in military ... tactical training opted for the ‘sexier side’ of our skill sets, working on deadly force, discriminative marksmanship, or defensive tactics, but rarely, if ever, factoring in the mental side and its importance to our success" Lt. Col. Eduardo Jany, USMC

“I approached it with mindfulness, … as much as we pump iron and build physical strength, we need to build our mental strength” Phil Jackson used mindfulness techniques coaching the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers to a total of 10 NBA championships 


"Knowing the other and knowing oneself,
In one hundred battles no danger.
Not knowing the other and knowing oneself,
One victory for one loss.
Not knowing the other and not knowing oneself,
In every battle certain defeat."

Sun Tzu, 'The Art of War' Denma Translation



10  /  11  /  2016

Romeo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative Staff Training


09  /  11  /  2016

MBWARE at FORUM 2016 in Vancouver


  “This program

has given me

an arsenal of surprising, effective methods and techniques,

as well as the confidence to apply them skillfully.”


Congressman Ryan and Retired Cpt. E. Stanley PHD on US Marines & Mindfulness

Mbware's Lennart Krogoll about mental resilience

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