Crisis Prevention Institute - CPI


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Training is used in BISD to train special education teachers and other school personnel.
The core training program equips staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. It’s been setting the standard for crisis prevention and intervention training for over 35 years, and can help your organization:

  • Reduce the risk of injury.

  • Comply with legislative mandates.

  • Meet regulatory/accreditation standards.

  • Improve staff retention.

  • Minimize exposure to liability.

  • Promote Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM.

CPI training day 1 of 2

Description: Gain a basic understanding of crisis intervention methods.
On the first day of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, the emphasis is on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. CPI's disengagement skills are also demonstrated and practiced in this seminar to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from a dangerous situation. You’ll learn:

  • How to identify behaviors that could lead to a crisis.

  • How to most effectively respond to each behavior to prevent the situation from escalating.

  • How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse hostile behavior and resolve a crisis before it can become violent.

  • How to cope with your own fear and anxiety.

  • 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.

 CPI training day 2 of 2

Description: The second day of training expands on crisis intervention methods to include the study and practice of holding skills. These skills are taught to be used as a last resort when an individual becomes an immediate danger to self or others. You’ll learn:

  • When it’s appropriate to physically intervene.

  • How to develop team intervention strategies and techniques.

  • How to assess the physical and psychological well-being of those involved in a crisis.

  • A progression of holding skills to manage aggressive behavior in least restrictive, safest manner.

  • How to maintain rapport with the acting-out individual.

  • Key steps for debriefing after a crisis.

  • How to properly document an incident.

Special Instructions: This is a hands on physical training. Make sure you dress comfortably as roll play situations will have you engaging CPI techniques both as a staff member and a student.

CPI Refresher

Description: Participants who have successfully completed the 2 day certification course, qualify for the 1 day Key Point Refresher training.

During this training, the crisis development model will be reinforced with equal importance to all 4 levels. Holding techniques will be practiced and participants will be re-certified for another year.

CPI National Trainers


Karen Alvarez

Michael Benavides


Deborah Mancillas

Lisa Morales

Melanie Oliveira

Melinda Ottolino

Manuel Rocha

Carlos Guerra




BISD Has expanded CPI training to include the new FLEX (blended learning) components. Click on the image below for a demonstration video.


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Flex - CPI's new blended, eLearning option

Lifeskills Teachers Review 1-15-21 meeting links:

Veterans and Lopez Cluster AM course 

Veterans and Lopez Cluster PM course

Hanna and Pace Cluster AM course

Hanna and Pace Cluster PM course

Porter and Rivera Cluster AM course