Core Principles of Safety-Care
- Respectful, humane, non-coercive interventions.
- Emphasis on prevention over management.
- Evidence-based procedures are the basis of intervention. While the course material avoids jargon and is designed to be taught and used in a variety of contexts, the protocols in Safety-Care are based on procedures that have been validated in many studies as broadly effective. These include basic applications of functional assessment, differential reinforcement, antecedent management, functional communication training, and behavioral momentum.
- Positive reinforcement is embedded throughout the course.
- Effective staff training requires an evidence-based approach incorporating errorless teaching strategies whenever possible.
- A least restrictive approach requires a range of options. Staff learn a series of interventions that can be flexibly adapted to the specific circumstances they find themselves in. Whenever an agitated individual demonstrates a decrease in agitation, staff learn to shape and reinforce that decrease by moving to a less restrictive intervention.
- Physical procedures are designed to be simple, effective, safe, and have minimal abuse potential.
- Restraint must be used only when there are no other safe options and must end as quickly as possible.
- Consistent standards that reduce risk.
Safety-Care provides the tools you need to be safe when working with behaviorally challenging individuals.
We can help you to:
- Understand how and why crisis events happen, and ways in which we might inadvertently contribute to them.
- Prevent crises using a variety of supportive interaction strategies.
- Apply simple, evidence-based de-escalation strategies that are effective for any population.
- Respond appropriately and safely to dangerous behavior.
- Prevent the need for restraint.
- Intervene after a crisis to reduce the chance that it will happen again.