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CPI Training for Behavioral Health Care Facilities

CPI provides staff in behavioral health settings with verbal, restrictive, and nonrestrictive techniques to prevent and safely de-escalate mental health related risk behaviors.

CPI Courses

Person-Centered Training Solutions

CPI provides de-escalation techniques for all levels of behavioral and mental health staff. Our courses teach evidence-based crisis prevention skills with a focus on the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of every person involved.

Verbal Intervention Training
Ideal for behavioral health roles that require a hands-off approach. Staff learn verbal de-escalation strategies that mitigate distressing behavior through an understanding of trauma and nonrestrictive interventions.
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Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
Teaches mental health professionals the skills needed to safely de-escalate crisis situations through both restrictive or nonrestrictive interventions.
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NCI With Advanced Physical Skills
Staff learn safe, advanced physical intervention techniques for situations involving individuals displaying hazardous complex behaviors. This program also teaches the less restrictive interventions presented in our VI and NCI courses.
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Core Principles of Behavioral Health De-escalation

Staff and client safety are a top priority at behavioral health facilities. CPI provides organizations with the skills and techniques needed to create a sustainable culture of safety. CPI training empowers staff to mitigate challenging client behaviors by learning the core principles of crisis intervention and how they impact results.

Understand challenging behavior
CPI’s person‑centered training ensures a consistently inclusive and culturally sensitive approach to the person displaying crisis behavior. Course participants explore the effects of trauma and the psychology of the person in crisis, fostering deeper empathy during interventions.
Manage your response
Challenging client behavior can prompt difficult emotions in staff members. CPI courses teach the importance of self-regulation before intervening. By learning to separate their emotional response from the situation, staff can safely de-escalate distressing behavior instead of engaging in a power struggle with the client.
Physically intervene if necessary
Staff members may encounter situations where verbal de-escalation techniques are not enough to calm a distressed client. In these severe cases, it’s important for a staff member to feel confident utilizing physically restrictive practices. CPI courses teach safe physical interventions that prioritize both the safety of staff and clients.

Our Training Approach

Our train-the-trainer framework increases fidelity and adoption and ensures the most relevant training is delivered based on roles and risk levels.

The Sustainable Impact of CPI Training

Our evidence-based crisis prevention programs have measurable impacts on the behavioral health organizations we serve.

73% of behavioral health facilities reduced restraint by 50-100%
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69% of behavioral health facilities cut workers’ comp claims by 20% or more View Success Story
55% of behavioral health facilities reduced challenging behavior by over 30%
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Customer Success Story: Reduced Safety Interventions

Leaders at a youth behavioral center in Atlanta, Georgia, share the benefits they have seen from having staff trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® techniques, including an 85% reduction in safety interventions.

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