Training the Trainers for Crisis Intervention

July 17, 2018

How best to de-escalate a potentially violent or chaotic situation within a school? Better yet, how to recognize possible triggers and prevent such a situation from happening in the first place?

During a five-day session in the School Services Building, teachers and administrators from seven area school districts learned techniques for avoiding or diffusing a crisis. The program, “Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers,” was facilitated by Misha Thomas M. Div. and Michele Pierro, M.S., two trainers from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology - Residential Child Care Project.
Participants learned about preventing and de-escalating potentially violent or chaotic situations, managing a crisis situation in a safe and therapeutic manner, helping students cope with a crisis event and delivering the same training in their own schools.

Throughout the sessions, techniques were reinforced via role playing and small group discussions. Attendees received all the necessary materials to conduct the TCIS training program in their home school districts.