The Self Protection Consultancy has a range of programs available to meet a wide variety of needs.

Programs can be of various duration and can be delivered in either formal or informal formats. The programs cover topics such as workplace safety, personal protection, community safety, customer service, dealing with challenging customers, bullying, team building, self-esteem and personal development.

Penny Gulliver works with her clients to ensure the program designed will best meet their needs. Penny can undertake consultations with clients to best identify their needs and then develop appropriate program content around these needs.

Dependent upon the specific client requirements, the programs delivered by the Self Protection Consultancy can involve the participation of 1 through to 1,000 people.

The programs a versatile and flexible and Penny's wealth of experience ensures individual attention to make the programs delivered to be of relevance and are targeted to the clients specific needs.




This program achieves the best results when it is conducted over two consecutive days yet it can be edited to meet the organisations specific timetable needs.

The course in its entirety totals 12 hours.

A personal safety program is an essential investment for any company or department which values the safety of their employees.


The KEEPSAFE Programs are designed to provide staff with the opportunity to learn how to:


- Assess the safety needs of client based services and find positive solutions to respond to these needs;

- Pre-plan responses to minimise risk to themselves and client; a Work with staff as a team in times of crisis;

- Assess long and short term triggers and violent incidents;

- De-escalate verbally a violent confrontation using the principles of empathetic communication;

- Assume a posture of maximum safety when confronted with a violent situation;

- Implement passive physical strategies to prevent injury to themselves and others;

- Understand and interpret organisation policies around crisis management.


The skills developed by workshops participants include:



- Increased awareness of potentially dangerous situations and how to avoid them.

- How to assess an attacker's intentions and what to do.


- The power of body language - how to use a tone of voice and eye contact to diffuse a potential attack.

- How to project a confident image making them less vulnerable to harassment and attack.



- How to use their body strength to repel an attacker. This includes striking vital areas, blocking, anti-weapon techniques, being knocked to the ground and transforming the stronger force of an attacker to your advantage.



- Visualisation and role playing techniques are used to increase participants confidence and to learn how not to panic if they are attacked.

- How to clearly focus their energy to diffuse the situation, giving them the ability to act rather than freeze.



- Demonstrating and sharing a commitment to staff developing a skills base for managing crisis.

- Discussion of problems before they turn into crisis situations, saving time and resources.

- Increased protection for staff and clients, inside and outside of work hours.

- Stress management through increased confidence - translating fear into positive action resulting in less stress leave and burn out rates.

- Increase in the decision making capacity of staff with increased knowledge of how to deal with a difficult situation.

- Reduced Workers Compensation due to a decrease in physical and emotional risks.

- Improved work performance and satisfaction with increased staff confidence resulting in less staff turnover. At the conclusion of each seminar participants receive a certificate.

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This is a generic course which can be taught anywhere at anytime to any group of women. Whether it be in the workplace, on campus, high schools, church groups, community organisations.


This includes defence strategies for:

- grabs from the front

- grabs from behind

- anti-weapons strategies

- anti-striking strategies

- anti-sexual assault strategies

- ground techniques

- psychological strategies for prevention (see self-defence tips)


This course can be utilised by:

- Government Departments

- Corporations

- Community organisations

- Women's groups

- Local Council's

- Universities

- High Schools

- Primary Schools

- Private groups

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Penny has been able to utilise her skills and expertise on addressing violence against women to the development of pioneering workshops for men. Penny's unique perceptions of male to male violence have enabled her to develop a practical curriculum for men and this refreshing approach has seen many men begin to benefit from Penny's wealth of experience.

Most street violence actually occurs against men. Men are stabbed, shot, punched, kicked and killed in the street by strangers whereas violence against women occurs more often in the home perpetrated by someone they know.

Many men feel uncomfortable discussing their feelings and fears around violence and being a victim of violence because they think it is "unmanly" to admit these fears. After all men are supposed to uphold a strong fearless image and therefore are reluctant to admit to feelings that may fall outside the macho male stereotype. The irony is unless men own the fear and face it they won't change and find solutions for dealing with it.

Taking into consideration the many male sub cultures, Penny has developed a program for men which includes the following course content:


- Learning to strike vital areas - Strategies for fighting a larger stronger person

- Persistence momentum striking with various parts of the body in different directions many times

- Blocking punches and kicks coming from many directions especially when you are on the ground

- Basic Falling - How to fall safely

- Multiple attack - How to deal with many attackers in a street situation

- Dealing with weapons - Defend against as well as using simple weapons

- Intervention - How to best intervene if you see someone being beaten up

- Defense against head butts


This course can be utilised by:

- Government Departments

- Corporations

- Community organisations

- Local Council's

- Universities

- High Schools

- Primary Schools

- Private groups

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1. Just add a dash of self defence - getting participants to punch, kick and yell in the air as a team.
(The message here is that many voices are better than one)


2. Combine with some partner work on hand held punching bags.
(Message - Always beware of the quite ones, they will always hit the hardest. Your measurement of your colleagues can always be evaluated on what they do as well as what they can say)


3. Measure in a couple of tablespoons of salsa for spice. Show some basic salsa dance movements (after all salsa is the flavour dance of the month/year) and have your staff moving with a partner to music with the role of the leader and the follower and then reversing the roles.
(Message for success in business one must judge the right time to lead and the right time to follow. The leader doesn't necessarily have the power)


4. Lastly add two cups of fun! Put the Latino music on and watch them let their hair down. This is particularly effective at conferences and seminars around mid-afternoon when no matter how interesting the speakers or subject is, the mid-afternoon energy flag is bound to hit.


This recipe energises, entertains, inspires, educates and enlivens. Above all it brings teams together and demonstrates how they need each other to be successful

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Participants learn how to move emotionally from the "no I can't" to "yes I can".


Individuals develop greater:

- intuition

- awareness

- confidence


Groups discover new ways to:

- strengthen their team building techniques

All this can be achieved through understanding some basic safety strategies. These strategies can be presented in various forms at conferences, seminars, training sessions, orientation/induction workshops or special events.

Formats can include:

- A physical demonstration of self defence with a presentation on psychological strategies.

- A workshop where all attendees get up and participate under instruction

- A combination of both of these formats. A more self-confident team is a more efficient and productive team.

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The aim of this program is to provide information and insight to staff about organisational bullying, its nature, what it costs and how it can be eradicated.



Organisational Bullying is the infliction of psychological or physical violence on one person (people) by another person (people), in the workplace. Bullying can be one incident or, more commonly, a series of incidence. The nature of bullying is best understood by how the bully acts towards the victim.

Some other words used to describe it are violence, abuse, persecution, harassment, discrimination and conflict.

This can be employee to employee, supervisor/manager to employee, employee to consultant.

I think that everyone can have their own unique definition of what bullying is specific to their experiences, The key factor is that someone in the workplace is out to get you one way or another with ill intent.

Bullying occurs when one person, typically but not necessarily is in a position of power/authority/trust/responsibility/management, etc. feels threatened by another person, usually but not always as a subordinate. This person is displaying qualities of ability popularity, knowledge, skill, strength, drive, determination, tenacity, success, etc. The bully has conditioned themselves to believe that he can never have these qualities in which they see readily in others.

Bullying can also be defined as gaining power with malicious intent.

The most common demographic for bullies is that they are male, white between 30-50, married with families and have been with the organisation for some time.

Penny Gulliver has developed a Bullying Program which can be delivered to staff and managers.This program is flexible and can be delivered in a session of one to one and a half hours. In addition to the standard Organisational Bullying program, a specific program in relation to Women and Organisational Bullying has also been developed.