5 Easy Tips for Effective Limit Setting

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A key component of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® implementation is effectively setting limits to decelerate risk behavior and defuse a potential crisis. This concept is about more than just preventing a major crisis; it’s also a way of identifying positive, constructive solutions to life’s everyday challenges—so whether you’re a health care worker trying to calm a patient, or a teacher who needs your student to behave in the classroom, these tips will help you redirect verbal escalation into a positive resolution.
 
In her insightful and engaging presentation on How to Avoid Power Struggles, CPI’s Pam Sikorski observes that, “Good limit setting is really an art, not a science. So regardless of how many years we’ve been working in our fields of practice, there’s always room for growth and digging deeper with your staff on the topic of limit setting.” We couldn’t agree more! 








 
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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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