What They Are Saying...
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"Our Kansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also hosted a class with Janet Nelson. This type of instruction, I feel, should be required nationwide. The woman is absolutely amazing in her teaching of self-defense. Social workers deserve to be prepared for any situation presented to them, just as police officers. All of the social workers that attended the classes provided positive feedback. Each conveyed they felt more confidence after completing the course, and more prepared for situations."
Social Worker Safety Advocate – Kansas
If anyone is looking for a fantastic instructor on social worker self defense training, look no further than Janet Nelson, ACSW, LCSW and martial arts expert with 30 years of teaching experience. She is a superb presenter who takes the awkwardness out of thinking about self-defense. She helps social workers and others understand that when being seriously threatened or attacked, your client no longer is your client but rather your attacker. This helps to quickly shift the ability to respond to the violence, protect yourself and maintain professional ethics and practice standards. Her simple techniques are something that one can remember forever, especially if faced with actual life threatening danger. Her training on prevention is top notch as well. She assists social workers by increasing their personal safety choices and raising their awareness about self-care on the job. You will not regret having her do a training. In fact, her training may very well save a life. Her rates are reasonable and she is worth every dime and dollar.
Sky Westerlund, LMSW
National Association of Social Workers — Kansas
Janet Nelson's excellent book "Everyday Self Defense for Social Workers" fills an extremely important void in the social work practice literature and complements existing work on client violence in social work practice very well. "Everyday Self Defense" provides social work practitioners with information and concrete guidance on how they can protect themselves in the office and in the field. Combining nearly thirty years of experience teaching martial arts and active practice as a social worker, Janet Nelson offers a clear, balanced and easy to follow approach to personal and workplace safety that all social workers can benefit from. I highly recommend her book and believe she has provided a very valuable contribution and service to the social work profession.
Christina E. Newhill, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburg
"Client Violence in Social Work Practice: Prevention, Intervention and Research"
Janet engaged our social workers in hands-on training that was both fun and educational. To compliment her informational presentation, Janet had participants on their feet learning skills that can be used in professional practice as well as in life. Janet received high praise from our participants and we would not hesitate to have Janet back.
The Tennessee Chapter of NASW is committed to providing our members with quality continuing education opportunities designed to promote professional development and address emerging practice trends. Everyday Self DefenseSM for Social Workers is an example of an event that helps to strengthen the profession and address critical issues impacting social workers.
Karen Franklin, CMSW, MSSW
National Association of Social Workers - Tennessee
"Excellent for the mental preparation as well as the physical."
"Definite confidence builder!"
"It was a great class! I learned alot and have become a lot more aware of my environment and how to protect myself."
"I have discovered that self-defense requires not just a reactive approach, but also a proactive approach."
"Outstanding techniques — would recommend highly. Enjoyed it to the fullest, thank you very much."
"Janet Nelson did an excellent job, very experienced and patient with everyone. Great class for a prevention conference."
"We need more of this!"
"This was an excellent personal development course."
"Thank you for sharing your knowledge and ability to increase confidence in our ability to defend ourselves."
"I think this was an excellent session and I feel like she should keep teaching this because everyone needs to know how to defend themselves."
"I always leave your class feeling refreshed, empowered, content, in control and happy — so thanks for everything!"
"She has brought me back to a sense of myself in the physical world."
"Janet was an excellent instructor. I feel this class will help me if I ever should become a victim."
"I think this is an excellent class, and perfectly done, the material presented is exactly what everyone should know to keep themselves safe. I would like to see something like this in general session."
"The mental techniques taught were excellent."
"I realized for the first time that I didn't have to fear the evildoers of the world. I realized that I myself could balance the odds more in my favor, that I was not utterly powerless if faced with personal violence."
"I think it should be mandatory to attend a self defense seminar. I learned some valuable techniques that have made me more confident."
"A must for everyone! Janet's full of wonderful ideas and really knows her stuff."
"I feel much more assured I could defend myself."
"Gave enough defense options to make me feel much more confident now. Less fear now."
"Excellent course — gave me confidence in myself not only in self-defense, but as a person. I feel safer. Thank you very much for offering the course."
"Janet was wonderful, very knowledgeable and able to verbally and physically demonstrate her points to us. Thanks so much!"
"She is a natural teacher-firm, serene, in charge, positive, demanding, empowering, expert."
"I really feel this self-defense class was very helpful — to make you more comfortable walking to your car. Making the class available during the work day increases the possibility of taking such a class."