Crisis Prevention Institute

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® is a program developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). With a core philosophy of providing for the Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security of everyone involved in a crisis situation, the program’s proven strategies give educators the skills to both de-escalate disruptive behaviour, while also teaching skills to safely respond to various levels of risk behaviour.

Participants are provided training in defining the stages of crisis in terms of identifiable behavioral levels and appropriate staff responses. While the focus of the program is on de-escalation strategies, CPI also teaches non-restrictive and restrictive measures to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from escalating situations. Strategies to assess risk levels are included to ensure least restrictive measures are used appropriate to the level of risk and as a last resort.

Specific objectives of the program include:

  • How to identify behaviors that could lead to escalating behaviour from students and adults
  • How to effectively respond to behaviors to prevent the situation from escalating
  • How staff fear and anxiety influence student behaviour
  • How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse behavior and resolve a situation before it escalates or potentially leads high risk behaviour
  • How to assess risk levels and consider the issues that impact decision making
  • How to use CPI’s disengagement skills to avoid injury if behavior becomes physical
  • How to establish therapeutic rapport after a crisis has taken place



To learn more about Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and offerings within our District, please contact:

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