Crisis Prevention Institute & the Alliance Against Seclusion & Restraint Announce Collaborative Initiatives

Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), the world’s leading provider of de-escalation and crisis prevention training, announces a partnership with the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) and its founder and executive director, Guy Stephens. CPI and AASR are committed to eliminating seclusion and reducing the use of physical restraints in schools nationwide. This partnership aims to build upon CPI’s existing work to create a safe and healthy learning environment for students and educators.

The partnership will include several collaborative initiatives. Initially, AASR will provide consulting on parent training programs and the next edition of CPI’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program. Additional goals of the partnership include the further development of trauma-informed, neuroscience-aligned training programs to support educators in proactively preventing crises. CPI and AASR support the Keeping All Students Safe Act and similar state-level legislative efforts to reduce and eliminate the use of physical restraint and seclusion. CPI and AASR believe that establishing requirements for proactive prevention, de-escalation and monitoring will help school districts improve and will lead to better outcomes for children, families and schools.

“It’s exciting to work with CPI toward our shared goals of reducing the use of physical restraints and eliminating the use of seclusion in schools nationwide,” said Guy Stephens, founder of the AASR. “This collaboration has the potential to bring neuroscience-aligned, trauma-informed, relationship-driven classroom management strategies to our schools to improve outcomes for our students, teachers and staff.”

CPI training is child-centered and trauma-informed, with a strong emphasis placed on what CPI calls the “Integrated Experience,” which refers to an understanding of how one’s personal behavior impacts the behavior of others. The concept is the cornerstone of everything CPI believes about preventing life’s daily crisis moments. AASR strongly focuses on brain science and how trauma impacts the brain and nervous system within these integrated experiences, solidifying the AASR and CPI’s efforts to extend the science and improve outcomes for educators and students.

“Creating an environment where everyone involved in shaping a student’s learning experience feels safe and secure is crucial for both student and staff well-being,” said Susan Driscoll, president of CPI. “The COVID-19 pandemic had—and continues to have—a profound impact on our children and their mental health. We are committed to introducing more evidence-based techniques that not only de-escalate incidents involving children but, more importantly, prevent these adverse events through the applied understanding of neuroscience.”

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