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

The partnership aims to accelerate progress on the shared goals of eliminating the use of seclusion and reducing the use of physical restraints in classroom environments nationwide


MILWAUKEE (Dec. 14, 2022)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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About Crisis Prevention Institute: 

Crisis Prevention Institute is the leading provider of de-escalation and crisis prevention training programs for workplaces worldwide. The company’s cornerstone program, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Training, is embraced by organizations committed to providing safer environments. The strategies taught in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Training provide staff members with an effective framework for decision-making and problem solving to prevent, de-escalate and safely respond to disruptive or escalated behavior. The philosophy relating to Care, Welfare, Safety and SecuritySM expands throughout the continuum of interventions that are necessary when working toward reduction or elimination of restraint use. For more information:

About the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint:

The Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) is a community of over 20,000 parents, self-advocates, teachers, school administrators, paraprofessionals, attorneys, related service providers and others working together to influence change in supporting children whose behaviors are often misunderstood. Their mission is to inform changes in policy and practice to reduce and eliminate the use of punitive discipline and outdated behavioral management approaches and end the school-to-prison pipeline. Their vision is safer schools for students, teachers and staff. For more information:

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