nonviolent crisis intervention CPI

CPI Crisis Development Model
1. Anxiety (agitated state)…..Supportive (show empathy)
2. Defensive …..Directive (Give simple clear orders)
3. Acting out person…..Non-violent physical crisis interventions (nonharmful control positions to be used as a last resort)
4. Tension reduction…..Therapeutic rapport re-establish communication (de-escalated state)
Anxiety (Agitated state)
Noticable increase or change in behavior such as rocking, fists, crying,sweating, clenched jaw etc)
Staff role to Anxiety
Supportive – Show empathy be non-judgemental
Beginning stages of loss of rationality-individual becomes beligerent and challenges authority.
Staff role to defensive
staff takes control of potentially escalting situation by giving simple orders, remind student of goals or guidelines.
Acting-out Person
The total loss of control which often results in a physical acting out episode
staff role to Acting-out person
use safe nonharmful control and restraint positions used to safely control an individual until he can regain control of his own behavior. Only use as a last resort.
Tension Reduction
A decrease in physical and emotional energy that occurs after a person has acted out. Regaining a rational state.
Staff role in Tention Reduction
Therapeutic Rapport – re-establish communications with individual who is experiencing tension reduction.
Proxemics (Personal Space)
Area surrounding the body that is considered an extention of self. usually 1.5 – 3 feet
Kinesics (body language)
non-verbal messages transmitted by the motion and posture of the body. ie facial expressions, gestures.
staff body language
staff’s body language can escalate or de escalate a given situation (use neutral expressions)
supportive stance (for staff)
honor personal space
approach in a non-threatenting/non-challenging manner
Paraverbal communication
The vocal part of speech which excludes the actual words one uses
tone of voice (use non-threatening)
volume (appropriate for distance and situation)
Cadence (not too fast or strong)
Verbal Intervention Escalation
Provides tools on how to respond and act in a given situation. 5 steps
1. Questioning
Information seeking looking for rational response careful not to provoke power struggle
Staff intervention for Questioning
Respond rationally, follow thorugh on what you say, give 2 choices to set limits, ignore challenge
student is non complient, slight loss of rationalization
Staff intervention for Refusal
Again, set limits by suggesting 2 choices, state consequences. Make sure choices and consequences are reasonable and do able
Verbal acting out emotional outburset, loss of rationalization
staff intervention to release
allow student to blow off steam, remove audience or student who is acting out if possible. (if necessary, remove entire class from area to ensure safety of others.)
Individual is verbally and or non verbally threating staff in some manner.
Staff intervention to intimidation
Take all threats as poentially dangerous and call for back up. Wait for back-up team intervention and avoid hands on approach.
Tension Reductions
A drop in energy which occurs after every crisis situation. (student is more willing to comply)
Staff intervention to intimidation
Establish therapuetic rapport by re-establishing communication in a positive manner.
Verbal Intervention
When you set limits, offer a person choices, and state the consequences of the inappropriate choice. Always start with positive choice first. ie. If you complete your assignments, you can go out for recess.
Verbal Intervention tips and techniques do’s
remain calm
Isolate the situation
enforce limits
be aware of non-verbal body language
be consistant
follow through
give personal space
remind of school rules or policies
positive encouragment
ask questions
be non judgemental
give individual attention
use restatements (paraphrase) to clarify message
Verbal intervention tips and techniques don’ts
Don’t over react
don’t get into a power struggle
don’t make false promises
don’t fake attention
don’t be threatening
don’t use jargon they may not understand
don’t be sarcastic
Precipitating Factors
A student may be agitated because of something that happened before school, on the bus, or at home. The staff member has little or no control but must stay in control and don’t take it personally.
Staff’s intervention to precipitating factors
Ability to stay in control of one’s own behavior and don’t take it personally
Integrated Experience
concept that behaviors and attitudes of staff can impact the behaviors and attitudes of those in their care and vice versa.
Staff intervention to precipitating factors
Stay in control and display a possitive action that will not esculate the person
Staff fears
Fear of anxiety are universal human emotions. Our response to them is both psychological and physiological
unproductive staff fears to intervention
freezing by doing nothing
responding in an inappropriate manner either verbally or physically
ways for staff to control fear and anxiety
Understand your fears
learn techniques to protect both yourself and student in a crisis situtation
Use a team approach. Never respond alone
Learn physical intervention techniques to manage acting out but only as a last resort to ensure safety of other students, yourself, and the acting out student.
Non-violent intervention techniques -strike
block with an OPEN HAND. Example like waving good bye. blocks punch or hit and provides an out (move away) from the acting out individual.
Non-violent intervention techniques -Grab
think about the weakest part of the hold which is where the thumb and fore-finger meet leaving the most open area in the hold, use your other hand to grasp your own fist and pull down or push up towards the weak area. Making a loud noise can also startle the acting out individual causing them to loosen their gripe so you can get away from the acting out person.
kick block
to block a kick use the side of your own foot to black and walk away from the acting out individual.
one and two handed hair pull
being bent over, step in put both hands on top of their hands and push down. Using a loud sound can also startle them enough to loosen their grip giving you an opportunity to get away.
front choke
while being chokes throw your arms up over your head and twist to get released. Use a loud noise to startle the person.
Back choke release
throw hands up over your head and twist to weaken the choke hold. Making a loud noise can startle or distract the acting out person.
bite release
Lean into the bite (feed the bite) and tickle under their nose. This loosens the jaw to open slightly allowing you to escape. Again a loud noise may distract them causing an element of surprise. Quickly move out of the way to maintain safety.

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