Physical Intervention Training

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Physical intervention procedures are for use in conditions in which the safety of the acting-out individual or others is in imminent danger. Physical intervention training should stress positive de-escalation skills and strategies as the most important methods of intervention, with physical intervention used only as a last resort.

Physical interventions should not be used to compel compliance, to punish, or as the most convenient method for staff. In a circumstance in which a physical intervention is used, it should be discontinued once the acting-out person has regained control.

Only personnel properly trained in prevention strategies and safe responses should be managing disruptive, anxious, or violent behavior.

Clear policies and effective, ongoing training go a long way in helping avoid violent incidents and escalating crises.

Staff must be aware that serious physical and psychological risks are inherent in any physical intervention, and indeed the only truly safe physical restraint is the one that never occurs.

To understand these risks, download our free eBook, Risks of Restraints. Similar information is included in our training materials.

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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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