Sometimes prospective customers ask, “Is this where I can get physical restraint training?”

The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program includes physical interventions and personal safety techniques, which are designed to maximize the safety of everyone involved in a crisis situation.

However, the real intent of training is for staff to learn a system of verbal and physical intervention techniques that can help them recognize and address escalating behavior at its earliest stages—before it can escalate further.

Using Physical Restraint Only as a Last Resort

CPI teaches that staff should consider the use of a physical intervention only as an emergency intervention to respond to an individual posing an immediate danger to self or others. CPI also teaches that physical restraint should be used only as a last resort when all other attempts to calm escalating behavior have been tried and have failed. The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program focuses not on restraint training, but on ways to avoid the need to restrain.

Understanding the Risks of Restraints

Staff must be aware that serious physical and psychological risks are inherent in any physical intervention. The only truly safe physical restraint is the one that never occurs. To learn more about these risks, read the Risks of Restraints, valuable information that's part of our training materials.

Case Studies: How Training Helps Organizations Reduce the Need for Physical Restraints

As a result of implementing Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, Lafayette Parish Schools have achieved:

  • An estimated 30% reduction in the use of physical restraints
  • A drop in the number of school suspensions due to assaults on teachers
  • A decrease in workers' compensation claims

Learn more about Lafayette Parish's success.

Learn how Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center has reduced its use of physical restraint and achieved a culture change.

Read more case studies and success stories about organizations in education, health care, human services, mental health care, and other fields.

More Information About How CPI Training Is Not Just Physical Restraint Training

More Than Just the “Restraint Class"

This article, written by a Certified Instructor who teaches the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program to fellow staff, illustrates how the CPI approach is about much more than physical restraint training.

Peer Training Manual: How to Avoid Seclusion and Restraint [PDF]

Developed by staff members of the Peer/Self-Advocacy Program at Disability Rights California (DRC), this document reminds both mental health service users and care providers that developing trauma-informed, person-centered, customized crisis prevention and intervention plans is a team effort.

Reducing Restraint: Thoughts on Balancing Safety

Get insight from CPI's former Director of Client Services Kendra Stea into how Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training can help organizations meet the needs of staff, students, patients, and families—to balance everyone’s needs.

10 Tips for Crisis Prevention

Learn how to watch for warning signs that signal escalating behavior. Ten tips, from respecting personal space to setting reasonable and enforceable limits, can help you intervene before a situation can become dangerous.

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