44 Days: De-Escalation Training

Date & Time:
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Soda Activity Center: Moraga Room, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Police officers have among the most stressful and difficult jobs in the country. Every day they are potentially faced with decisions that can result in the death of a citizen or themselves. High-profile incidents of police shootings have unfortunately increased tensions between law enforcement and the community, especially communities of color. De-escalation training serves the public good by promoting a good relationship between the public and law enforcement, and protecting the physical and mental well-being of both the public and police officers.

This FREE Training is offered by Kevin Cokley, PhD, for people in law enforcement and other public safety professions.

The objectives of this training include the following:

a) knowing the difference between fear and danger,

b) understanding how perception influences emotion and behavior,

c) assessing the effectiveness of police scenarios involving de-escalation and learning how to use de-escalation techniques,

d) increasing cultural competence and awareness about implicit bias, and

e) learning how to eliminate bias and rebuild community. 

About Dr. Cokley

Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. is a Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Educational Psychology, as well as a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for African and African American Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Cokley’s research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology. His research interests include the construction of racial and ethnic identities, Afrocentric psychology, academic motivation, academic self-concept, and understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. Dr. Cokley has published over 50 articles and book chapters. His 2004 article published in the Harvard Educational Review challenges the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology, and has served on the editorial boards of several journals including the Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology journal and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. He is the recipient of the 2008 “10 Rising Stars of the Academy” award by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the 2007 Association of Black Psychologists’ Scholarship Award, and the 2004 co-recipient of the Emerging Professional Award given by the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues of the American Psychological Association.


Aida Pelton



Kevin Cokley, PhD