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The typical sexual harassment training doesn't work. It often makes the environment worse, leaving people feeling singled out as victims and offenders rather than feeling like an empowered team."
ST. LOUIS, MO, January 13, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With sexual harassment and sexual assault squarely in the public eye thanks to the notoriety of the offenders and the bravery of targets, corporate trainer and consultant Ken Cooper says it is more important than ever to address the too-often-hidden harassment that still occurs in the workplace -- at all levels of the organization, not just at the hands of famous men.
A sexual harassment and body language expert, Ken Cooper specializes in getting people to change behavior and improve productivity. With more than 30 years in the field helping organizations prevent sexual harassment through behavioral and conceptual tools, Ken's engaging approach has leaders seeking out his unique training.
"Many times," Cooper says, "the typical sexual harassment training doesn't work. In fact, it often makes the environment worse, leaving people feeling singled out as victims and offenders rather than returning to the job feeling like an empowered team. Sexual harassment training -- whether in the private sector or the military -- has to go beyond the standard legalities and policies. People need to know what to do, how to act, and what the behavioral guidelines are."
Many sexual harassment programs fail for two reasons, asserts Cooper. First, they focus more on victimization than empowerment. Second, they are delivered in a way that no one receiving the training feels engaged, interested, or enlightened. Ken Cooper is out to change that.
His corporate and military sexual trauma prevention programs take away the drudgery typically associated with these materials. Quite to the contrary, Cooper has found a way to make exploring this most challenging of topics engaging and interesting. He delves into the research on how men and women see the world differently, showing everyone how to maintain a safe and productive working environment, while also illustrating sessions with "say and play" scenarios.
The result of the training is a team that returns to their daily jobs with a clear sense of where the line is, how to avoid crossing it, and how to communicate sexual harassment or abuse when it occurs by using now-familiar tools to accurately pinpoint and label the behavior.
"As more stories of sexual harassment and assault become public," says Cooper, "everyone is discussing what happened. Now it's time to talk about a fix. What are we going to do as a result of this? That's the focus of my training -- not just informing and instructing, but changing action, changing behavior."
About Ken: Ken Cooper is President and Founder of CooperComm, Inc., a consulting firm with extensive experience providing sexual harassment prevention training to a wide range of private- and public-sector organizations. A body language expert, Cooper has authored several books, including "Stop It Now: How Targets & Managers Can End Sexual Harassment" and "BodyBusiness: The Sender's and Receiver's Guide to Nonverbal Communication." He earned his Masters at the University of Missouri, Columbia and is also a graduate of the IBM/Harvard Advanced Business Institute. A longtime sexual harassment researcher, speaker, and prevention consultant, Cooper has conducted hundreds of seminars for tens of thousands of attendees, sharing his unique research-based tools for preventing harassment, changing behavior, and maximizing workplace productivity.
To learn more, visit www.StopSHNow.com.
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