How CPI Training programmes stay in line with international research

3 July 2023
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Our core values have remained the same throughout the development of our programmes with people and relationships being at the heart of what we do.

As the Crisis Prevention Institute, we are committed to delivering world class evidence-based training that equips staff members with the right knowledge and skills required to keep themselves and the people they work with safe.

Part of this commitment to our customers and the industries they serve is to continue to develop our programmes in line with current research and best practices all over the world.

MAPA (International 1st Edition) – Established 1988

The MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) programme was designed to provide staff with a framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent, deescalate, and safely respond to disruptive or assaultive behaviour.

It realistically addressed the serious issue of physical intervention through careful assessment of risks and the application of interventions specifically designed for service users in need of support.

The principles and dynamics taught through the physical interventions (disengagement skills and holding skills) recognised the critical importance of staff confidence and their ability to safely respond to potentially harmful situations.

Postcrisis strategies incorporated restorative approaches to re-build relationships and increase learning for future prevention.

Safety Intervention (International 2nd Edition) – updated April 2021

After more than 30 years the programme needed a major update to better align with the RRN standards in the UK as well as support the shift towards trauma aware practices. We took the term MAPA® which was used to describe the full curriculum and divided it into two distinct programmes:

Dividing the MAPA® curriculum gave a clearer focus on prevention and addressed concerns that MAPA® was ‘only about restraint’.

CPI Verbal Intervention (VI) and CPI Safety Intervention (SI) programmes were able to include more obvious trauma-informed and person-centred approaches.

The programmes train staff to respond to crisis situations with a focus on prevention using verbal de-escalation skills and strategies where restraint is inappropriate for VI and for SI including non-restrictive and restrictive interventions to mitigate risk and keep people safe from harm.

Read our blog, From MAPA to Safety & Verbal Intervention to find out more.

Safety Intervention 3rd Edition – 2024

We put our resources into ensuring our programme content is current and into supporting you and your staff in the Care, Welfare, Safety and Security(SM) of all stakeholders within your organisations.

As we continue to honour our commitment to producing the most up to date, research-led training, we have been busy working on a 3rd edition of our industry-leading Safety Intervention programme.

There will be more updates to come in terms of timeline and how you can renew your licence in our most relevant training. In the meantime, here are some of the improvements and benefits you can expect in our 3rd edition when it is released next year:

  • Improved trauma and person-centred integration to be woven throughout the programmes.
  • Video demonstrations of the physical techniques to standardise the training.
  • Updated decision-making matrix.
  • Improvements to the flow of content to make it easier to teach.
  • New content on interpreting the brains response to threat as one of the causes to distressed behaviour.

We are looking at making improvements whilst ensuring both our in-house training course and Certified Instructor Programme timing remain unchanged due to the positive feedback we have received around this last update.

We are excited to be able to offer our customers these continued improvements to our programmes and will always ensure that we maintain the same high standards we are known for.

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