VIA Offering Safety Training for Families

August 8, 2017 | Programs

In July, VIA offered an intensive course of behavioral safety training for a group of parents, staff, and local professionals. The sessions lasted 10 hours over two days and covered strategies for crisis prevention and crisis management. It was a substantial time commitment, but one that had clear value for the families involved.

“I wish I had done this years ago,” says one of the parents who took the training. “It gives us a common language that helps with consistency of care from home to school to community.”

Now, Safety Care for FamiliesTM returns for two days in September. The 10-hour course is being offered free to VIA families on the following dates:

Part 1: September 15, 2017 8:15– 2:30 PM
Part 2: September 20, 2017 8:15– 2:30 PM

The course, designed by Quality Behavioral Solutions (QBS), provides families with the skills to effectively prevent, minimize, and manage behavior challenges.  The program uses the principles of applied behavior analysis to provide strategies to identify crisis situations, and to de-escalate them with safety and dignity.

Safety Care for FamiliesTM consists of four instructional modules:

  • Module 1 – Incident prevention; creating a safe environment and differential reinforcement
  • Module 2 – Incident minimization & Creating a family safety plan
  • Module 3 – Physical safety; behavioral momentum and managing dangerous objects
  • Module 4 – Physical management; planning for immobilization and debriefing

Each module is 2.5 hours long, for a total of 10 hours of training over two days.

Enrollment is limited to 10 people for each session.  Register by August 18th by contacting Lauren Haskins (lhaskins [at] viaschool [dot] org) or Hilary Nagel (hnagel [at] viaschool [dot] org).