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Beyond verbal and physical skills: Overcoming internalized barriers to self-defense

August 3 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

We can teach our students all the verbal and physical skills in our toolboxes, but when the time comes to set a verbal boundary or hit someone, they hear sentences like these in their heads –

  • “I’d say something, but I don’t want to be rude or make a scene.”
  • “I don’t want to hurt their feelings.”
  • “If I stand up for myself, they might not like me.”
  • “What if I set a limit and it makes the situation worse?”
  • “If I push back, they’ll just think I’m another angry Black woman.”
  • “What if they don’t mean anything by it?”
  • “I don’t want people to think I’m a bitch.”
  • “If I don’t let them help me, even though I don’t need their help, they’ll hold it against all disabled people.”

–they may never use those skills.

Internal messages like these often stop our students from standing up for themselves or taking steps to avoid danger. These messages also can get in the way of healing from whatever harassment, abuse, or assault they’ve experienced. “Get Empowered: A Practical Guide to Thrive, Heal, and Embrace Your Confidence in a Sexist World” (to be published in 2023), is a book based on Empowerment Self-Defense principles that will help readers tear down those barriers and become resisters.
In this workshop, we’ll introduce methods that will help you help your students:

  • defy societal messages telling them to be small or passive,
  • challenge shame and blame,
  • help them understand their behavior
  • gain skills to value and advocate for themselves, and
  • live lives of more safety, confidence, and freedom.

You’ll gain perspective and tools to make your teaching more holistic and more effective.

Lauren Taylor
Appropriate For:
  • All Ages 12 plus
  • All Experience Levels
  • No Exertion
Areas of Focus:
  • Centering
  • Teaching Skills
  • Trauma-Informed
Wick – Alumni


August 3
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
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Wick – Alumni
United States


Lauren Taylor
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Appropriate for
All Ages 12 plus
Recommended Experience Level
All Experience Levels
Exertion Level
No Exertion

All class times are Eastern Daylight Time.

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