The Fullpower Comprehensive Program Manual

This extensive 400+ page manual has been developed during our over 28 years of teaching thousands of teens and adults, including seniors, survivors, and people with disabilities – and training hundreds of instructors. This is the textbook for our Teenpower/Fullpower Core Program Training and provides step-by-step directions on how to describe safety strategies and coach students to be successful while practicing self protection, advocacy, confidence, personal security, and physical self defense skills. The in-depth material has hundreds of explanations, exercises, and activities for preventing and stopping bullying, abuse, harassment, prejudice and other emotional and physical violence – and for developing healthy relationships that enrich our lives.

Table of Contents

The "How's" of Teenpower & Fullpower
  • 'Put Safety First' Principal
  • Fullpower And Teenpower Teaching Tools 
  • Teen Management
  • Teaching People Safety Skills to People with Disabilities
  • Teaching and Intimacy
  • Bias, Prejudice, Stereotypes, And Assumptions
  • Communicating the 3 C's: Caring, Connection, And Compassion
The "What's" of Teenpower & Fullpower
  • Starting Classes
  • Everyday Safety Skills
  • Boundaries
  • Advocacy
  • Getting Help With Problems Or In Emergencies
  • Safety With Words And Feelings
  • Peer Pressure Reversal Tactics
  • Real Life Boundary-Setting Examples
  • Triggers and Verbal Attacks
  • Safety Signals
Self-Defense Skills
  • Physical Self-Defense Skills
  • Front Techniques
  • Back Techniques
  • Full Force Self-Defense Skills
  • Teen and Adult Warm-Ups
  • How to Use A Kickpad
  • "What If's": Weapons, Ground Fighting And Multiple Assailants
  • Additional Self-Defense Information
  • Dealing with Bullying Behavior
  • Ending Workshops
People Safety Articles & Handouts

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About the author

Irene van der Zande

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.

Kidpower is a tapestry of many different threads woven by many different hands. This book has grown from the ideas, questions, teaching, feedback, and stories of countless people since I first started learning about personal safety and self-defense in 1985. Learn more about the remarkable people who have built and keep building our organization by reading A Tapestry Woven By Many Different Hands.
Patrick Jones - Course author

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Head Editor and Designer

Amanda Golert

Training Program Development

Marylaine Léger, Erika Leonard, and David Harrison, M.D.

Revisions, Editing, and Proofreading

Erika Leonard and Chantal Keeney

Online Learning Center Publication

Mackenzie Mitchell and Marylaine Léger

Content Contributors

Timothy Dunphy, Jan Isaacs Henry, Joe Connelly, John Luna-Sparks, Mark Morris, and Annette Washington