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Center for Aggression Management

The Center for Aggression Management provides training and systems that utilize scientifically-validated means of preventing bullying, harassment, abuse and violence in today's complex workplace, campus, and school environments.

The Center for Aggression Management was established in 1993 in response to a request from law enforcement leaders for more effective, lower impact methods for confronting aggressors and de-escalating aggression. Research and training in those areas brought our founder, John D. Byrnes, to the realization that workplace, campus and school violence could be prevented by applying methods developed by the Center for recognizing and managing aggression.

A wide range of companies and educational institutions responded very positively over the years to the many Aggression Management training programs provided by the Center. From dialogue surrounding those programs, the Center recognized that much more could be done to prevent violence by developing a comprehensive system for recognizing and managing aggressive behavior.

Initially the Center for Aggression Management developed the Primal and Cognitive Aggression Continua. Upon completion, all of the body language, behavior and communication indicators known about since the beginning of human history, fell into place and became empirical! This offers a reliable, definable, method of describing “aggressive behavior,” which identifies the precursors to bullying, harassment, abuse and violence and thereby provides the opportunity to prevent these maladies.

In 2013 the Center for Aggression Management developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS) and scientifically validated it at Eastern Kentucky University. Through the use of a web-based software product called the Meter of Emerging Aggression (MEA) this "system" forensically records and tracks aggressive behavior; producing the highest form of evidence-based Best Practices.

Because the MEA uses no mental health, nor culture, gender, education, age or sexual orientation in its aggression assessment, it does not conflict, nor contravene, HIPAA or Privacy regulations. The Meter of Emerging Aggression, along with security responses are now available in the Observy Plus Mobile App.

In 2017 the Center for Aggression Management partnered with Visec (an Israeli Security and Software Technology Company) to bring to you the, first of its kind, the Observy Plus Mobile App. Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS) brings together scientifically validated means to reliably prevent bullying, harassment, abuse and violence along with Professional Security Responses to help you, and those in your care, to become “as safe as possible.”

Training Options

Because these are "live" webinar workshops, you can attend one person at a time and there are no costs of travel, lodging and/or per diem. Corporate clients can request training at their facilities. Simply contact us at 407-718-5637. 

Introduction to CAPS (One-day)Certified Aggression Mangers' Workshop (Two-Days)Ambassadors' (Train-the-trainers) Workshop (Four-days)

Orlando, FL – John D. Byrnes, Founder and CEO of Center for Aggression Management proposes the most effective way to prevent incidents such as the Parkland shooting is not gun control or mental health profiling, but rather school boards like Parkland’s making an immediate commitment to creating a common language and process for threat detection and prevention.

In an article describing why mental health assessments can’t reliably predict potential shooters, Byrnes references the Report to the President on Issues Raised by the Virginia Tech Tragedy. It was noted that most people who are violent do not have a mental illness, but those that are mentally ill are more typically victims of this behavior. Byrnes believes that the dialogue surrounding the Parkland shooting will be most effective when it shifts from mental health assessments or gun control as the solution, to more scientifically-validated and empirical solutions such as threat/aggression management and the creation of a common language and process for detecting and preventing this behavior.

In a study conducted as a collaboration between the US Secret Service, Dept of Education and the National Institute of Justice called the “Safe School Initiative Study”, it was found that the only “reliable” way to identify a future shooter was to identify someone “on the path to violence.” By implementing a process like the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), a common language and thorough process for assessing a potential threat and reaching someone trained to handle this threat are created. CAPS’s most important contribution is that it determines a person Stage (Level) of Aggression and thus the presumption of threat (Low, Moderate, High Threat Levels), which creates the sense of urgency that was missing from the 45 times that Nikolas Cruz was reported.

While many schools, college campuses, and workplaces have their own Behavior Intervention services in place, many of these programs operate based off of vague reports of “weird” or “menacing” behavior. This completely subjective language fails to effectively target the source of the problem. Byrnes believes that people need to be trained to effectively evaluate communication, body language and behavior in order to encourage a potential aggressor to seek help, or de-escalate the issue themselves.

To publish Byrnes’ article or schedule an interview with Byrnes please call Sarah Bishop with Crank Communications at 407-830-7312 (office) or 631-875-3712 (cell) or e-mail sarah@crankcommunications.com. To learn more visit prevent-aggression.com

About John D. Byrnes

John D. Byrnes is an author, lecturer, veteran (USS Nautilus 571) and founder of the Center for Aggression Management. Byrnes regularly speaks on Behavior Intervention at engagements such as being selected by the US Department of Labor to represent the United States at the Violence as a Workplace Risk Conference in Montreal, Canada, as well as Keynote Speaker at the first Protective Security Conference (ProSecCon). Byrnes authored the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, which is now being used by Behavior Intervention Teams in over 177 college and university campuses as well as developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS). Byrnes has been interviewed as an expert by major news outlets such as FOX35, WESH, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more.

About Center for Aggression Management

The Center for Aggression Management was founded by John D. Byrnes in 1993 to provide organizations with Aggression Management skills through training. The Center for Aggression Management developed the Primal and Cognitive Aggression Continua. All of the body language, behavior and communication indicators offer a reliable and definable method of assessing “aggressive behavior”. This identifies and ranks the precursors to bullying, harassment, abuse and violence in order to provide the opportunity to prevent such incidents. The center uses a mobile-based software product called the Meter of Emerging Aggression (MEA). Because the MEA uses no mental health, culture, gender, education, age, or sexual orientation in its aggression assessment, it does not conflict with HIPAA or Privacy regulations.

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