About Us

The Center for Aggression Management provides systems and training that utilize scientifically validated means for preventing bullying, harassment, abuse and violence in today's complex workplace, campus, and school environments. Since its founding in 1993, hundreds of companies and educational institutions have successfully used the Center's programs to make their many locations safer for students, employees, members, and guests.

The Center was originally established in response to a request from law enforcement leaders for more effective, lower impact methods for confronting aggressors and de-escalating aggression. Research and training in those areas brought its founder, John D. Byrnes, to the realization that workplace, campus, and school violence could be prevented by applying methods developed for managing aggression.

The Center's initial application of methods for managing aggression was a reliable and definable use of common language to identify and describe aggressive behavior.  Called the Primal and Cognitive Aggression Continua, the method identifies the precursors to bullying, harassment, abuse, discrimination, and violence making it possible to prevent these harmful behaviors.

In 2013 the Center for Aggression Management had already developed the Critical Aggression Prevention System (CAPS), which includes the Primal and Cognitive Aggression Continua, and now scientifically validated CAPS to be a "reliable" measure of emerging aggression at Eastern Kentucky University. The CAPS system currently utilizes a proprietary web and mobile-based software, the Meter of Emerging Aggression (MEA), to forensically record and track aggressive behavior. This evidence-based approach has set the industry standard in terms of best practices. Because the MEA uses no mental health assessments, culture, gender, education, age,  sexual orientation, or religion in its aggression assessment; thus, it does not violate, nor contravene, HIPAA, FERPA in our schools, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, or any other Privacy regulations.  

As part of the center's continuing effort to make its programs more effective and accessible, the Center for Aggression Management has built the CAPS Mobile App. This app is just the latest development in the center's efforts to help you, and those in your care, become as safe as possible. Click here to learn more about our CAPS System, our available CAPS Training and our new CAPS Mobile App!

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