The Arc of Escalation: Strategies to Resolve Conflict

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Learn the elements that lead to conflict, and policies, procedures, and descalation strategies to address the risks.


At times, the world can seem like a hectic and chaotic place. Nerves get rattled, people lose patience and become frustrated. Occasionally, this frustration turns to anger and may escalate into rage. Nowhere is this phenomenon more acute than in public facing businesses. No organization is immune from escalating tensions that rise to open disputes. While not all incidents of this nature can be prevented, there are affirmative measures that public facing businesses can take to manage the risks. By understanding and appreciating the importance of elements that lead to conflict, policies, procedures, and training can be crafted to address these risks.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and depict "the arc of escalation" and describe its importance to understanding conflict resolution and de-escalation response formulation.
  • Describe the key elements contributing to conflict escalation and describe affirmative steps that can be taken to mitigate them.
  • Apply learning to a video example, apply the arc of escalation model and suggest preventive measures that can disrupt escalation.

Credit Information

Completion of this webinar is eligible for 1 CPE credit. CPE credits for ASIS-sponsored webinars will be updated in your user profile within 48 hours of completion. Self-reporting of CPE credits is not required.


Joseph Wolf
Federal Programs Manager
Wicklander-Zulawski & Assoc

Joseph T. Wolf, CFI is an instructor and the Federal Programs Manager for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ) and a retired 30-year Federal law enforcement veteran. He served 10 years with the Coast Guard Investigative Service, 15 years with the U.S. Customs Service, and 10 years with Homeland Security Investigations. His last assignment before retiring was as Assistant Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Training and Development. In this capacity, Joe served as the Director of ICE's training academy. He also served two terms as the Chair of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Curriculum Advisory Counsel. Joe's domestic assignments included tours of duty in Hawaii, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. His overseas service includes postings in London, England, and Vienna, Austria.

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