Trained in the Crisis Prevention Institute Protocol
December 16, 2013
On Friday, December 13, 2103, seven members of our staff completed a full day of training in nonviolent crisis intervention, resulting in their certification by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). They are:
Instructed by NESCA Director of Behavioral Services Jessica Minahan, a fully-qualified, highly experienced trainer, the seven learned how to recognize impending emotional outbursts, prevent them from escalating into confrontation and also, as a last resort, how best to manage them physically to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
The CPI's approach emphasizes crisis prevention over intervention, and provides techniques intended to defuse the tension before an individual in distress acts out physically. It also teaches safe and humane restraints to use if and when individuals clearly poses a threat to themselves or others.
Fortunately, to date, we've never had a situation at NESCA that required that sort of intervention, but it's prudent to be ready.