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Staff Bios

Anura Shah, LICSW, MHA


Ms. Anura Shah founded Beyond Force in 2015 as a response to the growing need for customized education and training regarding crisis management.  She has more than 13 years of professional experience in the industry, and provides training on subjects ranging from de-escalation strategies to workplace safety.

Anura travels throughout the nation providing executive-level consultation services to elected officials, corporate managers and leaders, police chiefs and health care providers. 


As an Instructor with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC), Anura teaches a 4-hour and two distinct 8-hour Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT) courses to law enforcement and other first responders.

Anura is an Associate Faculty member at Shoreline Community College in the Criminal Justice Department. She has created the first Professional Navigator Certificate program in the nation; a 60-hour continuing education curriculum designed to train and prepare non-law enforcement professionals to work with law enforcement. She is also a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board at the College. 

Prior to starting Beyond Force, Anura spent 11 years as a social worker and manager at the Department of Veteran's Affairs. During her tenure, she served as Director, Workplace Violence Prevention Program at VA Puget Sound Health Care System, a department that she founded in 2012 and has been replicated nationwide. It was in this capacity that she served as a Navigator embedded with law enforcement.  

Anura is a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work (MSW) as well as the School of Medicine Health Administration Program (MHA) at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). 

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