Training & Workshops

Family Centre‘s Department of Specialized Training and Assessment is committed to assisting schools, organizations, and agencies in the helping professionals provide optimal care and support to young people by offering development training workshops to administrators, school staff, and youth workers. The purpose of our workshops is to increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of staff who work with children and to provide the tools that they need to face the variety of challenges that this work brings.

Specialized workshop topics can be arranged and be provided for a wide variety of topics. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Guthman, Ph.D. at (441) 232-1116 for further information and pricing. 

Our workshops are designed to create a system that facilitates an understanding of the types of child behaviours that can be challenging at schools and other youth-serving agencies. Specific attention will be given to intervention strategies, organizing classrooms, and enrichment spaces in order to create environments in which children can flourish for optimal performance, and using an agency-wide approach for reducing behavioural challenges. Our workshops are interactive and include demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, and feedback periods.

Professional development workshops and training topics include but are not limited to:

o   Managing and understanding child behaviour

o   Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certification

o   Ages and stages of child development

o   Professional boundaries for therapeutic relationships

o   Six critical pathways to a middle school child’s learning and development

o   Understanding multi-generational trauma

o   Developing empathy

o   Administration & scoring of the child behavior checklist

o   Developing a positive school climate

 Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

Certification Training & Non-Certification Workshops

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention is a crisis management protocol developed by Cornell University for schools and residential care facilities.

The purpose of the TCI protocol is to provide a crisis prevention and intervention model that will assist in:

*        Preventing crises from occurring

*        De-escalating potential crises

*        Effectively managing acute crisis phases

*        Reducing potential and actual injury to children and staff

*        Learning constructive ways to handle stressful situations

*        Developing a learning circle within the organization

TCI Schools Non-Certification Workshops

These non-certification workshops are designed to help staff learn strategies for de-escalating and preventing crisis in the classroom and school building, as well as understanding some of the basic underpinnings of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools.  This is a series of four workshops. Each workshop is 3 hours in length and each successive session builds on the pervious workshops.

TCI Certification Training (Residential & Schools)                     

These certification trainings are designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle a crisis.  The ability of a school or organization to respond effectively to staff and young people in crisis situations is critical in establishing not only a safe environment, but also one that promotes growth and development. All participants must successfully complete written and competency-based tests in order to be certified.

Certification Training is offered in the following format:

o   TCI Certification Training including Physical Restraint (35 hours, 5 days)

o   TCI Certification Training with Protective Interventions (24 hours, 4 days)

o   TCI Certification Training without Physical Intervention Components (21 hours, 3 days)

TCI Refresher Training                                                                              

TCI refreshers are designed to give certified staff the opportunity to practice de-escalation skills, Life Space Interviewing, emotional first aid, crisis co-regulation, and physical restraint skills (as applicable). At the completion of the initial training and each refresher, staff are expected to demonstrate the skills at an acceptable standard of performance.

Post TCI Training Evaluation & Outcomes

Modest TCI studies show that organizations benefited from the implementation of TCI implementation. The benefits were evident on multiple levels. Staff increased and retained their crisis intervention knowledge and techniques, and they were more confident in their ability to manage crises as they arose. Staff reported that their confidence in working with colleagues as a team increased and, overall, had a more consistent approach to children in crisis across programmes. In addition to building staff knowledge and confidence levels, selected supervisory staff learned techniques for conducting effective training programmes and helping other staff to cope with crises.

Specialized workshop topics can be arranged and be provided for a wide variety of topics. Please contact Dr. Stephanie Guthman, Ph.D. at (441) 232-1116 for further information and pricing. 

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