The Kidpower Comprehensive Program Manual

This extensive 350+ page manual has been developed during our over 30 years of teaching thousands of children and training hundreds of instructors. This is the textbook for our instructor training program and explains the Kidpower method for helping students be successful while practicing self protection, advocacy, confidence, personal safety and physical self defense skills. The in-depth material has hundreds of explanations, exercises and activities.

Table of Contents

  • The "How's" of Kidpower
  • The "What's" of Kidpower
  • Starting Classes
  • Everyday Safety Skills
  • Boundaries
  • Scary "What If" Questions
  • Dealing With Bullying Behavior
  • Puppet Power
  • Safety Signals
  • Physical & Full Force Skills
  • Ending Workshops
  • Personal Safety Articles & Handouts for Adults

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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

Book Editing & Tech Team

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, Marylaine Léger, and Eamon Saki

Content Contributors

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