Texas Senate Bill 1356

Texas Senate Bill 1356 calls for juvenile justice staff in the state to receive training in how to interact with juveniles who have experienced traumatic events such as violence, neglect, and abuse.
 
About Texas SB 1356
The law requires certain Texas state and county juvenile services employees—including probation officers, supervision officers, correctional officers, parole officers, and court-supervised community-based program personnel—to receive training in trauma-informed care practices.
 
The bill is designed to ensure that juvenile justice staff understand how trauma affects detainees’ behavior. It requires that staff receive training in:
 
  • De-escalation techniques
  • Best practices in behavior management
  • Strategies for controlling their own responses to acting-out behavior
  • Appropriate restraint techniques to be used only in emergencies as a last resort
  • Trauma-informed care
 
Texas SB 1356 goes into effect on September 1, 2013.
 
We Can Help You Comply With the Legislation!
Agencies across the globe use our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program because it helps staff take a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to care. Our evidence-based training focuses on prevention and de-escalation techniques that help staff recognize and understand the roots of disruptive and assaultive behavior, and to control their own responses to the behavior. The program’s techniques have also been shown to be effective in both the prevention of and the safe use of physical restraint and seclusion only as a last resort.
 
The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program promotes viewing individuals who have experienced trauma through a different lens. It helps staff:
 
  • Understand behaviors
  • Interact effectively and empathically
  • Prevent disruptions
  • Reduce the need for physical intervention

Tailoring Training to Your Agency’s Needs
Our training can be tailored to your organization’s unique needs. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff on a continuing basis.

We have numerous public Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® programs coming up in Texas, and an on-site training option is also available.
 
Advanced Course
If you’re already a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Certified Instructor, you can participate in our advanced course, Trauma-Informed Care: Implications for CPI's Crisis Development ModelSM. This course dives deep into the influence of trauma on behavior and offers additional strategies to help you better serve individuals who have experienced trauma. To locate an upcoming Trauma-Informed Care: Implications for CPI's Crisis Development ModelSM program, visit our Training & Events page.
 
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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”

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