Dangerous Behaviour

Dramatic Training in Dealing with Violence, Suicide, Self-Harm, Psychosis & Trauma


IMPACT delivers unique, original and dramatic courses in the field of Personal Safety and Crisis Mental Health. These courses are designed and delivered by Dr Iain Bourne. The signature course is the dramatic, intensive and widely renowned course "Difficult, Disturbing and Dangerous Behaviour."

The "Fringe Theatre" approach involves "live" critical encounters visually and dramatically performed before the training group allowing for a highly focussed, evocative and collective experience. It also ensures that, rather than the training being lost in a fog of words, participants can see what is being talked about, engage with it directly and determine how the course material stands up to their own personal scrutiny.

Although the training is dramatic, the purpose is to illustrate how good practice can realistically be delivered under the most extenuating of circumstances taking into account all the complications found in practice.

We keep ourselves at the fore-front of current practice in health, social care, housing, education and enforcement. Our aim is to provide participants with the very best information, awareness, guidance, skills and resources - right up to date.

Although there are a number of standardised courses, any of these can be combined, adjusted or adapted to suit your needs. We deliver courses across all professional groups, settings, tasks and circumstances.

Impact News

3. Violence – a different perspective

Most of the literature on violence is about everything except violence – the “Long, Slow Story” – and all about the factors surrounding violence. Otherwise it is about fatuous advice of the kind “don’t shout help, shout fire” – gimmicky tricks that, IMHO, have an enormous propensity for getting you into a lot of trouble. […]

2. Violence – Terror in the Mind

So talking about the “Short, Fast Story” … I was saying that violence is overwhelmingly a psychological affair so let me clarify what I mean. Violence is an act of aggression and yet it has relatively little to do with pain, injury or even force. We might stub our toe, fall off a bike, scald […]

1. Violence – The Long and the Short Stories

Since not everyone is going to attend one of my courses (www.dangerousbehaviour.com) or read my book (www.facingdanger.com) I thought I’d write a series of short posts on violence for general consumption. When you look into the literature and at the work of clinical and forensic psychologists on violence it is almost exclusively about what I […]

Dangerous Behaviour Workshop in London, 27.11.15

“Difficult, Disturbing and Dangerous Behaviour” is a dramatic workshop that is usually only delivered as an in-house, bespoke training experience delivered on commission to organisations for delivery to their own staff. This can be frustrating for staff who wish to attend as individuals. However, for the only time this year Mosaic Training are staging this course for […]

Suicide – a casual affair?

Some while ago I was delivering a training course on “dangerous behaviour” to a housing association when a man popped his head around the door and enquired as to whether this was the “Ladder Awareness Training.” I have to confess, to my shame, I could not prevent myself from bursting out into laughter. Could there […]


A new “fringe theatre style” workshop by Dr Iain Bourne using drama and narration to explore the world of personality disorders. Full details to follow – in the meantime send an email enquiry to Iain The term “Personality Disorder” has infiltrated common parlance and is often used with great laxity in professional circles to refer […]

Violence in Social Work

Senior people in the Social Work and Social care comment on their own experiences of violence. http://www.communitycare.co.uk/blogs/social-work-blog/2013/08/tackling-violence-against-social-care-staff-i-wish-there-was-a-simple-answer/?cmpid=NLC|SC|SCDDB-20130822

Survey of Violence in Social care 2013

Community Care’s latest investigation into violence in social work and social care http://www.communitycare.co.uk/violence-against-social-care-staff-2013/