One of the things I love to hear is how people’s perceptions change when they attend Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
training. Some people come to training thinking that they are going to learn how to “take someone down.” But, then there’s that point during our training where they see that our de-escalation strategies work and they learn first-hand how to de-escalate conflicts without having to use a restraint; that’s when things change.
By the end of the program participants tell us, “What I learned is so much more than restraint training.” You can read how that’s happened at the Academy School District #20
in Colorado Springs, CO. Those are the kinds of things we love to hear at CPI. Every time that happens, it means another organization is safer because they now see restraint as a last resort, and not a go-to strategy.
I enjoy reading about everyone’s training experiences via our social channels. I know some people, though, who get a little uncomfortable when they see a photo of a restraint being practiced. Because there’s no context around it, it could give someone unfamiliar with Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
training the wrong impression, but it sure does make for a much more interesting photo than the coffee and doughnuts in the back of the room.
If you happen to observe one of those photos, you’ll see that the restraint is off the ground and doesn’t restrict the restrained person’s air-way. We emphasize safe restraint techniques, meaning we teach you how to physically intervene without putting yourself or your client in harm’s way.
CPI has helped professionals at hospitals, schools, mental health facilities, residential treatment centers, and countless other facilities dramatically reduce their use of restraints, and we’re grateful to those organizations that strive to make the world a safer and gentler place to live.
I believe that the best restraint is the one that you don’t have to use. It is possible to handle conflicts without having to physically intervene, but don’t take my word for it; listen to what Steve Canady, one of our Certified Instructors, has to say in the video below. Let me know how perceptions on restraint are changing at your organization.