How CPI Training Programmes Stay in Line with International Research

July 3, 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 sectors 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.

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