A policy approved by the Ohio Department of Education (DOE) requires that school staff receive yearly training in de-escalation and crisis management techniques, as well as methods for promoting positive student behavior and avoiding the need for restraint and seclusion. The new policy states that restraint and seclusion should be used only as a last resort when a student presents an immediate danger to self or others. The policy also requires schools to document incidents, and to notify parents when their children have been restrained or secluded. The policy takes effect beginning in the 2013–2014 school year.

We can help you meet the requirements of Ohio’s new rules!
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program techniques have been shown to be effective in both the prevention of and the safe use of physical restraint and seclusion. Our evidence-based program is designed to provide you with training in identifying the underlying causes of the student behaviors that can lead to restraint or seclusion. The training centers on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to restraint and seclusion, as well as:
  • Evaluating risk of harm.
  • Monitoring for signs of distress.
  • Documenting incidents.
  • Safe, less-restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort.

Our training can be tailored to the unique needs of your school. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff in your school or district on a continuing basis. We also offer specialized materials to help you incorporate a comprehensive PBIS plan into your framework for decreasing problem student behavior and promoting positive behavior choices.

We have numerous programs coming up in Ohio, and a cost-effective, on-site training option is also available.