Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Staff at Clairview School are trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® techniques to ensure the safety and support of students. The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) was founded in 1980, and has trained over 10 million professionals using the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program.
"The ability to prevent and/or positively manage disruptive, challenging, or aggressive behavior is essential in professions where staff work with vulnerable individuals who may present a range of risk behaviors...it is essential that staff teams have core knowledge and skills, supported by policies and procedures, that provide a consistent framework for decision making and problem solving to prevent or intervene safely in crisis situations.
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® provides the framework for learning necessary skills and team strategies rooted in a philosophy that prioritizes Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security®. The program does not provide a script or recipe for staff to follow in evolving crisis situations. The CPI program design and Training Process promote a person-centered approach for staff decision making using problem-solving principles to prevent, defuse, or manage risk behavior.
The program offers intervention options to manage a wide range of complex behaviors but also prioritizes creating a culture of care. Complexity can be present in all types of behavior-from anxious to the most acute behavioral disturbances. The Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program sets forth a philosophy and principles applicable to all people in all environments. The principles surround a values base concerned with ensuring that the rights of people are maintained and that physical interventions are used to protect and not used in any way that could be viewed as degrading or abusive. These principles are:
- The use of physical intervention must be integrated into an overall behavior management protocol, which provides staff with a range of positive, proactive, and nonphysical approaches before considering the use of any physical intervention.
- If staff are trained to use physical interventions, they must be trained in approaches that enable them to prevent, decelerate, or manage behavior safely to avoid more restrictive physical intervention.
- The extent of any physical intervention must be proportionate to the assessed risk of harm to the individual or others.
- Any physical intervention is assessed to consider is safety and acceptability.
- There must be a clear emphasis within the training program and within the organizational policy that the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security® of the individual being held remains at the forefront of decisions relating to the use of physical interventions (1028, pgs. 38-39).