“CPI strategies have enabled us to create some incredible atmospheres in our elementary programs and our middle school programs that have helped our kids meet with success academically.” –Pattie Steele
“I'm a big proponent of not punishing people, but of helping and encouraging people,” says Pattie Steele.
Pattie, a CPI Certified Instructor, teaches that if you’re trying to help an escalating person calm down and regain control of their behavior, an effective technique is to take a compassionate and positive approach toward the person.
As part of the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®
trainings Pattie conducts for her coworkers in the South Coast Educational Collaborative in Swansea, MA, she promotes the power of respect, and the concept that staff attitudes and behaviors affect student attitudes and behaviors and vice versa.
Since 1999, Pattie has trained over 3,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff members in these and other CPI prevention and de-escalation techniques. This year, she was inducted into our Hall of Merit
, which honors Instructors who show an exceptional level of expertise in making their trainings relevant and effective for staff who work with people with challenging behavior.
Learn more about Pattie in “Positive Approach Earns Honor for Instructor
Check out one of Pattie’s favorite resources
, a poem by another CPI Certified Instructor, Mitch Abblett, Ph.D. Written from the point of view of a child who has experienced trauma, the poem centers on the CPI philosophy that empathy deepens care and enables success.
Watch this video for more about what’s at the core of CPI training: