3 Things Certified Instructors Should Know About CPI’s 3rd Edition Training 

Learn what’s new with CPI’s 3rd Edition Training and see how these updates will make things so much easier for our Certified Instructors. 

January 3, 2024

CPIs 3rd Edition Pathway

CPI constantly works to update and adapt its training programmes to better fit the needs and realities of the people being served. In creating 3rd Edition, staff compiled comments from Certified Instructors, dug into the most up-to-date research, and examined where content could be improved.

If you are a current Certified Instructor, or are thinking about becoming one, we know that the creation of a new edition of training can bring with it questions, concerns, maybe even some fears. But there’s good news about the updates made in 3rd Edition.

“Safety Intervention 3rd Edition is a truly trauma informed and person-centred programme, which was co-produced with individuals with lived experience”, Chris Sheehan, International Director of Training comments.

These changes include things like:

  • New first module all about trauma and its impact on the brain
  • Increased flexibility to customise training to fit the needs of the attendees
  • Simplified vocabulary and training structure makes content easier to teach

“I think overall, I really love how CPI is listening to the feedback of Certified Instructors and putting that time and energy into creating an Instructor’s Guide that is more user friendly, that is easier to train from,” explained Tauna Kolter, a CPI Global Professional Instructor.

“We know [Certified Instructors] have other duties, so we want to be respectful of their time and try to give them the tools that are going to help them be successful when training the programme.”

Today, we’ll unpack these three updates to CPI’s 3rd Edition Training so that you can get a first-hand look at what to expect.

New First Module: Understanding Behaviour and Its Risk

For some of you, hearing that our new first module is all about trauma and the brain might be cause for some alarm. Trauma alone is a heavy topic and brain science—well, people literally have doctorate-level degrees in that.

But, by starting with these topics, we’re able to connect key principles here to content further on in training. And we’re able to drive home the main theme of our 3rd Edition Training: when you understand what is happening in your own brain and body during a challenging situation, you can better regain control of yourself to properly meet the needs of the individual in distress.

Chris Sheehan, International Director of Training adds “we have included some brain and physical science to help us understand what happens to us during a crisis moment, which helps us understand that sometimes the reactions we experience in those moments are triggered by the brain’s response to perceived threats’, truly understanding how behaviour affects behaviour.”.

Our new first module, Understanding Behaviour and Its Risk, explores topics about:

  • How trauma impacts different parts of the brain and influences behaviour
  • How our own biases impact our decision making
  • Why and how to first control what’s happening in our own brain-body connection before we try to support someone who is struggling.

These concepts are woven throughout the training to help reinforce learning. Learn more about why these updates were made here.

During your time leading training, you’ll be able to use this foundational knowledge to have person-centred conversations about how to support someone in need. And if you ever have questions, you can always reach out to a Global Professional Instructor for support.

“I absolutely love how much more person-focused it is. I’m hoping making the class more relevant to our everyday work will get people excited about it.” Maria Recker, Behaviour Specialist and Certified Instructor

One of the ways that we’ve made training more applicable and relevant to your end-learners is by increasing your ability to customise content.

Increased Flexibility to Customise Training

“We know that this training is something that is important to their roles, but secondary at the end of the day,” Megan told us. “We want [3rd Edition] to be a tool that’s there to support them and enhance what they’re naturally already doing.”

As a Certified Instructor, we know your time is precious. You’re spending most of your days working with students, caring for patients, or supporting the needs of the people you serve.

This is why we’ve worked hard to make sure that our 3rd Edition Training content for Certified Instructors is as easy to use as possible.

  • Our new Instructor Guide clearly lays out lesson plans and action items so you don’t have to spend time pulling all the pieces together yourself.
  • We’ve created additional case studies for Certified Instructors to share with participants that match the real-world situations that staff can relate to.
  • Customisable PowerPoint allows for easier use. And as any questions come up about leading a class or structuring refresher trainings, our Customer Care Team are available to assist in creating the perfect plan. Call us on at 01619299777 to get started.

Here’s what John Volkening, a Mental Health Counselor and Certified Instructor, shared when he got a first look at the new training,

“The flow of subject matter has been greatly improved and the workbooks are far more engaging and understandable. There has been significant updating and fine tuning of the course. I am very much looking forward to teaching this.”

Training Tip: “I've learned, with having been a GPI, that every time I look at my guide, every page I look at, I want to be able to know exactly where I'm going. I have a colour-coded system of what's on the script and what's something that I should be doing versus saying.” Megan Sanchez

But we didn’t just focus on making training easier to teach. We’ve also incorporated updates that make it easier to learn.

Simplified Vocabulary and Training Structure

3rd Edition content went through a refining process to make it easier to teach and easier to learn—especially for our end-learners who don’t speak English as their first language.

Megan explained the reasons for these updates, “We used to say words like enhanced proxemics, kinesics, and haptics. Those aren’t words you use and it doesn’t translate very easily for some of our Certified Instructors if English isn’t their first language. By simplifying, it helps things make a lot more sense.”

As you prepare to lead training you’ll notice that we’ve:

  • Removed acronyms in favour of simplified explanations and exercises
  • Done away with complex vocabulary
  • And updated our Decision-Making Matrix to be more user-friendly

The delivery and content of 3rd Edition is designed to make academic research accessible and applicable for all staff.

We’ll Help You Feel Fully Prepared to Lead CPI’s 3rd Edition Training

Are you ready for CPI’s Safety Intervention 3rd Edition Training? Here are some ways you can get ready to start sharing these exciting new updates with your fellow staff members.

View 3rd Edition Instructor Guide

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