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VIRTUAL SEMINAR—Active Shooter Response for Health Care Practices and Facilities: A Foundation for Staff Training and Safety Planning

Aug 3, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, noon-1 p.m. Mountain Time

Presented by Dr. Michael Victoroff, COPIC's Risk Management Consultant

In the wake of recent tragic events, there is a renewed focus on the safety of medical providers and how to protect them and staff during an active shooter situation. De-escalation training and therapeutic listening are critical skills, but what do you do when the situation escalates to involve a gun? While there is no definitive solution to prevent these situations, there are options to prepare and train for them. COPIC is offering this seminar to you to provide expert guidance and help you learn what steps can be taken.

This session will examine behavioral cues that help identify persons likely to act out and strategies for responding in order to protect staff and patients. It addresses practical tactics and legal rights of health care workers who must defend themselves in extreme situations. Among topics considered are OSHA guidelines, facility design, organizational policies, staff training and procedures, defense scenarios, and the psychology of reacting to unexpected violence. Specific examples of protective devices and some personal self-defense techniques are described.


  • Review doctrines and guidelines for detection, prevention, and management of violent patients and visitors in health care settings
  • Categorize violent encounters that health care providers and facilities should prepare for
  • Describe role-based responses that may optimize the outcomes of dangerous encounters
  • Identify vulnerabilities and capabilities that determine the response to (and outcome of) a dangerous encounter
  • Review current "Run-Hide-Fight" guidelines for active shooter response, from a health care perspective
  • Increase everyone's personal chances of surviving an active shooter event in any environment

This program does not provide self-defense training (which is recommended in OSHA guidelines), but describes part of what that training should involve.

Attendees will receive 1 COPIC point and 1.0 hour of CME for attending the session. 


No pre-registration is necessary. Click below to join the session on August 23. This seminar is open to all COPIC insureds and will be hosted in a virtual Zoom meeting format.​​​​​​

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Meeting ID: 720 858 6131

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Please contact Carmenlita Byrd with any questions at (720) 858-6131.

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