Case Study: Beacon School

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Beacon School, a special education and alternative school on the Roi S. Wood Campus of Joplin Schools in Missouri, needed to:
  • Meet regulatory compliance
  • Reduce worker compensation claims
  • Improve staff confidence in working with challenging student behaviors
  • Improve staff skills in managing behaviors


The school implemented Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training for staff, plus advanced training programs in:
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Applied Physical Training


Since implementing CPI training, the school has:
  • Reduced challenging and disruptive student behaviors by 50–75%.
  • Improved staff de-escalation skills and school safety.
  • Improved student outcomes because of an increase in direct instruction time.
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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.”