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Why Dart?
DART, Inc., is a Colorado nonprofit corporation that provides professional instruction in the prevention and management of violence in the workplace, in relationships, and in any other setting where the possibility of violence exists along with effective personal safety training. 

DART's violence prevention courses were designed by experienced personal safety experts and educators to be practical, effective and easily learned and retained.

All of DART’s violence prevention and personal safety courses can be customized to the client’s needs.

Workshops are provided at the client facility by trained and professional DART instructors.

All of DART’s violence prevention courses and personal safety training courses are constantly being updated and improved. Exit evaluations are done after each DART workshop and the results are provided to the client facility.

Guiding Principles For DART Training
Active Learning  All DART violence prevention training incorporates active learning principles where techniques taught are practiced and appropriate scenarios employed.
Continuous Improvement  DART believes that evaluation and feedback are essential to quality training.  By employing consistent evaluation and feedback procedures, DART is able to improve and fine-tune its program over time.
Appropriateness DART developed and offers training that is appropriate for the general population regardless of an individual’s size, previous training, or physical conditioning.
Highly Trained  Instructors  All DART instructors must complete a thorough training and evaluation process before being certified as a DART instructor.     
Highly Skilled
Curriculum Developers
Professionals in education, counseling, police work, security, workplace violence law, and martial arts provide the expertise and balance needed to develop highly effective violence prevention training that is easily learned and retained.
Focus on the Client  DART recognizes that each client has specialized needs and works with each individual client to see that their unique concerns are met.
Follow-up Training DART recognizes that the physical skills taught in an initial workshop require periodic practice/reinforcement.  DART therefore will customize a follow-up training program for its clients upon request.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does DART stand for?
Defensive Awareness Response Training

What does DART do?
DART, Inc. is a Colorado nonprofit corporation that provides professional instruction in the prevention and management of violence in the workplace, in relationships, and in any other setting where the possibility of violence exists along with offering effective personal safety training. DART teaches a variety of workshops from an introductory to advanced level, each lasting between 2-6 hours, focusing on individual client needs.  While DART is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, DART also offers violence prevention and personal safety training to companies, governments, schools, hospitals, and other organizations throughout the United States.  The statistics on workplace violence show that the issue is becoming more important, and many organizations choose DART to help their employees and reduce the chance of workplace violence at their facility.

Where do you teach DART workshops?
For your convenience, DART violence prevention and personal safety training is usually provided at the client’s facility.

Our facility has special issues that we need to deal with?
Our workshops operate along a set curriculum, but we allow for customization according to your specific needs. Depending on the issues you are dealing with, and the depth of training that you require, DART will conference with one of your representatives by phone or conduct in-person interviews.

Who designs your curriculum?
DART’s curriculum was designed by educators, counselors, personal safety experts, security experts, workplace violence experts, lawyers with expertise in the laws governing workplace violence, experts in dating violence, martial artists, and police instructors to be practical, effective and easily learned and retained.  Time in any DART course is time well spent.  DART's courses are proven and highly effective.

Our participants are not in great physical shape.  Is this a problem?
Not at all.  DART has successfully taught participants regardless of age, size, gender or physical conditioning.

How long has DART been providing violence prevention training?
DART officially opened its door on January 1, 2000. 

DART is a nonprofit group dedicated to violence prevention. We work with our client’s individual needs to insure their greatest benefit from our training. DART collects evaluations from all workshop participants to continually improve the quality of our services.  All DART instructors are certified having completed a rigorous training program. DART has been providing training in violence prevention, personal safety, awareness, verbal de-escalation, and self-defense for twelve years.  DART's clients include businesses, hospitals, government organizations, and celebrities.

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Client List

DART has taught workshops for: 

Attention Homes                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Boulder Community Hospital
Boulder County Health Department
Calvary United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs
City of Westminster                                                                                                                                                                                                                       City of Lakewood (through the recreation department and to staff)                                                                                                                                                  Clinica Family Health Centers
Colorado Plains Medical Center
Community Health                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Denver Health                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Estes Park Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ft. Carson/National Homeland Defense Fund                                                                                                                                                                                Friends First                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Front Range Community College                                                                                                                                                                                                      Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council & Individual Troops                                                                                                                                                                                  High Plains Community Health Center                                                                                                                                                                                                 Inn Between                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kremmling Memorial Hospital
Kroenke Sports/The Pepsi Center                                                                                                                                                                                              Laradon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Leeds School of Business
McKee Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Metro Community Provider Network                                                                                                                                                                                          National Charity League                                                                                                                                                                                                          National Homeland Defense Fund
North Colorado Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                    Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Platte Valley Medical Center
Special Transit
Salud Family Health Centers                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sterling Regional Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                  Town of Superior (through the recreation department)
Turning Point Center for Youth & Family Development                                                                                                                                                                          Vail Valley Medical Center                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vail Resorts                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Woman’s Place

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 Instructor Bios 

DART Senior Instructors

Paul Dusenbery serves as  Director of the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute.  In this capacity he has developed international science exhibits, developed teacher training curriculum and workshops, and has served on National Science Foundation and NASA committees. Paul Dusenbery was a committee member for the Wonder of Science at 29th Street Project and is on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Science Center. Dr. Dusenbery has taught martial arts for over 35 years and currently holds the rank of 8th degree Black Belt.  In addition to running a martial arts school, he has given numerous demonstrations for schools, scout groups, and rape- prevention teams, along with having taught special self-defense courses for women.

Charles Fussman has over 5 years of experience in the martial arts, including 1 ½ years in Tae Kwon Doe and 3 1/2 years in Karate. He is currently an active assistant instructor at Chung Fu-do, a Ft. Collins based Karate dojo. In addition, he has completed DART's Lead Instructor Training Course, has taught numerous DART workshops and aided in teaching a Lead Instructor Training Course. Mr. Fussman holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University (CSU) and has completed the coursework to earn a Certificate for CSU's Nonprofit Agency Administration Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

DART Lead and Assistant Instructors

Amanda Ames holds a B.A. in Communication from Colorado State University and a MBA from Grantham University. She is a DART Lead and Assistant Instructor and currently works for the Colorado Army National Guard as a Case Coordinator.

Austin Brink holds a B.S. in Business Management from CSU, as of 2007.  He is currently a Supervisor in a call center.  He has been in customer service throughout his working career. Austin loves teaching and seeing other people succeed.  His passion for helping people led him to work with DART.  He is a proud husband and father to three daughters.  

Melinda Malek  leads a high school youth group at Unity of Boulder. She has worked with high school youth for five years as an adult sponsor, mentoring, guiding, creating a safe environment & encouraging spiritual growth. She attended two years of college at Metropolitan State College of Denver and she is excited to be an instructor for the DateSmart program.

Sierra Swearingen holds a B.A. in English and a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1995. She earned a J.D. from CU in 2006 and has been practicing law since 2007. Sierra Swearingen currently serves as Program Coordinator for the University of Colorado Boulder Faculty Assembly. She has been a DART instructor (lead and assistant) and has worked for Mark Cohen at his law firm.

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