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Blog Posts of Joel Lashley

Joel has worked as a public safety professional for over 30 years experience in healthcare safety and security, primarily in training and leadership positions. Joel led the training program for hospital, clinical and social outreach staff in clinical violence management at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, the only level-one pediatric trauma center in the region. He also co-developed a program for managing the challenging behaviors of children, adolescents and adults with autism and other cognitive disabilities for police officers, corrections officers and healthcare providers.

Big, Mean, Angry Biker - Confidence In Conflict Book Excerpt

Confidence In Conflict For Healthcare Professionals

Enjoy this excerpt from one of our published books.


I was passing through the Emergency Department when an angry-looking man walked in through the front door. He was a hard figure to miss. He wore a denim jacket with the sleeves torn off and emblazoned on his makeshift vest were the colors of a well-known and notoriously violent motorcycle gang. His bare arms were heavily inked with gang...

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The Embattled Social Contract of Medicine

There is no denying it; hospitals can be difficult places to work.  No matter which profession you’re in, from hospital security to nursing, the hours are long, and weekends and holidays are just another day at work. Moreover, with nursing shortages, an aging demographic, dwindling psychiatric care resources, and other factors creating increasing demands on healthcare providers from all sides,...

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Even in a Dark Alley, You’re Safe with Us

When we think of basic human needs, hierarchies often come to mind. What is it that people need and how are those needs related to human behavior? That’s the question that human services professionals often ask, and the one de-escalation trainers need to answer. Years ago, I learned through several personal and professional experiences that people act-out for reasons, not because of diagnoses. It...

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The New Year Brings Higher Expectations to Healthcare for the Management of Workplace Violence

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The emphasis on violence prevention in the workplace, especially in the healthcare sector, continues to grow within the regulatory and certification communities. On November 15, 2017, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) enacted sweeping rules intended to “ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters.” The details of this specifically included active shooter...

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