Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) Training of Trainers (TxT)

This intensive five-day TCIF train-the-trainer certification course provides agency trainers with the tools to teach crisis prevention strategies and crisis intervention techniques to adults who care for children in their homes. Trainers are prepared to coach learners during skill practice sessions, to use role playing, to facilitate small group discussions, and to handle resistance to training. There are opportunities to practice activities and to gain immediate training experience in the subject matter. TCIF stresses crisis prevention and crisis de-escalation in ways that help children learn to avoid losing control. Participants will receive all the necessary materials to deliver the training.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Present strategies for dealing with upset children to prevent and de-escalate potential crises
  • Teach methods to help adults avoid power struggles and enlist a child’s cooperation
  • Show how a crisis can be an opportunity for the child to learn new coping skills
  • Effectively deliver TCIF training in their agencies

Intended Audience

Trainers, administrators, supervisors, foster and adoptive case workers and providers interested in training crisis prevention and intervention techniques to caregivers.

Program Outline

Day 1 Defines crisis as an opportunity for the child to learn new coping skills, examines the effects of trauma on children, explores how self-awareness and an awareness of the child and the environment relate to crisis prevention, and discusses how to assess a crisis situation.

Day 2 Examines how managing the environment, setting clear expectations, and using active listening skills can prevent crises and presents different ways to approach children when intervening.

Day 3 Practices behavior support techniques and giving emotional first aid, examines how to negotiate rules and expectations, discusses the use of consequences, and demonstrates how to assess what children need.

Day 4Teaches how to avoid power struggles, Life Space Interviewing, and practices crisis co-regulation techniques to defuse a potentially violent/aggressive situation.

Day Examines how to modify the Life Space Interview for children with communication deficits, develops individual crisis management plans, and tests participants for certification.

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