Office of School Safety, PBIS and Suspensions

Professional Development

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) is a 4-day training. Staff learn skills so that they can become the catalyst through which students can change old habits, destructive responses, and maladaptive behavior patterns. The goal of the training program include assisting organizations in preventing crises from occurring, de-escalating potential crises, managing acute physical behavior, and reducing potential and actual injury to young people and staff. This model gives organizations a framework for implementing a crisis prevention and management system that reduces the need to rely on high-risk interventions. Day 4 of TCIS will cover important safety concerns when working with students with challenging behaviors. This course is RECOMMENDED for all members of a school's staff including Assistant Principals, Deans, Crisis Intervention Teachers, Teachers, Clinicians and Paraprofessionals. It is most effective when it is being used consistently by all staff. Yearly refreshers are strongly recommended for participants who successfully complete the training. (i.e.: TCI-DD)

Course Requirement: Participants must attend all 4 days and successfully complete the written and practical exams to show they have met competency standards in using the TCI techniques.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Developmental Disabilities
Therapeutic Crisis Developmental Disabilities (TCI-DD) is a 1-day training. This 1 day training focuses on identifying and reducing conditions and events that may trigger challenging behaviors in students with Developmental Disabilities. It will provide strategies that will minimize challenging behaviors, focusing on crisis communication skills and on modifying the Life Space Interview.
Course Requirement: Participants must have successfully completed the 4 day Core TCIS Course.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Post Crisis Response

Therapeutic Crisis Post Crisis Response (TCI-PCR) is a 1-Day training for Supervisors (persons designated to oversee TCI implementation). Supervisors need tools and resources for working with staff to help them prevent and de-escalate crises and ensure that the outcome of a crisis is a positive one for the student, the staff member, and the organization. This update addresses the emotional needs staff may have when managing aggressive students and how front line staff can be supported by the supervisor. Crisis events are difficult for staff members, students, and the entire program. They disrupt the normal day-to-day functioning of the program. Effort has to be expended to get things back on track. The goal of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention is to restore the child, the staff, and the program to a state of functioning at a higher level than it was before the crisis began. The post-crisis multilevel response model helps everyone involved learn from the crisis. It is also essential for maintaining the TCI system within the organization. Supervisors will learn how to conduct debriefing sessions with staff and teams.

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

This training is in alignment with PBIS training provided by the NYC PBIS Technical Assistance Center (RSA-TAC). The focus of these training is to assist District 75 schools in developing a systems approach that creates and maintains positive school climates. The PBIS training teaches school teams how to develop a three-tiered continuum of behavioral support, and use data in order to design systems and practices to address school-wide, classroom and individual student needs. PBIS training will be offered in tiered modules, beginning with Tier 1 (presented in 3 modules), moving to Tier 2 (presented in 2 modules), and ending with Tier 3 (a 1 day module).

NOTE: The PBIS training is best attended by school teams of at least 3 members. (Administrators are encouraged to attend).

Life Space Crisis Intervention
  • Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a 6-day certificate training. LSCI is a therapeutic, verbal strategy to be used with students who have chronic patterns of self-defeating behavior. Staff will learn to calm students in crisis, promote insight, encourage responsibility and teach new skills.
Course Requirement: All participants must have a bachelor’s degree.

School Safety
  • School Safety Trainings consist of preparing schools for the Weighted Incident Exemption Process, General Response Protocol, Building Response Team, Online Occurrence Reporting, and School Safety Plans. The trainings are in collaboration with the Office of School and Youth Development (OSYD).

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