Understanding Use of force is the most important factor of conceal carry or open carry. Most ccw courses go over that a lot. Pay special attention.
When i went through mp school every classroom day had at least an hour usually more dealing with proper use of force. For two months... the army thinks its important enough for their police forces to devote that much of what little time they have to teach everything just to use of force.
You got one chance to get it right without the benefit of a police union to backstrap you if you get it wrong. Its that serious an issue
As a civilian if you pay attention and keep going over the material until you can recite it by heart your off to a good start. Most of all keep your gun on you whenever possible. Its all moot if your not armed.
Pick up the Cornered Cat book from http://corneredcat.com
my wife got a copy at one of the local gun shows. Its got a lot of good ccw and self defense info that is female oriented