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DeAnne Blanchard

Anita Platten Fay

Nonviolent Physical Crisis Prevention (CPI)

The Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention Program, developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), not only teaches staff to respond effectively to the warning signs that someone is beginning to lose control, but also addresses how staff can deal with their own stress, anxieties, and emotions when confronted with these challenging situations. The program trains participants to recognize changes in behavior that could be cues to escalating behavior and then teaches them appropriate responses to attempt to deescalate it. The training emphasizes staff awareness of verbal and nonverbal behavior and how it can either escalate or deescalate a situation. The training then teaches the staff about keeping themselves physically safe in dangerous situations and how team intervention is preferable to solo intervention. Finally, staff is instructed in the safe, non-harmful use of physical restraint only as a last resort.

If a district has 20 or more staff members to get trained or recertified in Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention, Keystone trainers will bring the training to your district.  Please check out the CPI Training Schedule below to see where there is a training near you.  Participants can register through the "Professional Development" link on the Keystone home page.

2018-19 CPI Training Schedule

Sector I: Anita Fay, 641-394-2162   Emmy KissingerLanette PintDeAnne Blanchard

Sector II:  Lisa Andreasen319-283-2043   Elizabeth Harms

Sector III: Cynthia Ehrlich563-556-3310   Michael McMahonShelby Schumacher


Chapter 103 Seclusion and Restraint Information



Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS)

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support (PBIS) is a multi-tiered continuum of supports for improving behavioral outcomes at the universal, targeted, and intensive levels.  PBIS provides schools with the framework and organizational plan to promote and maximize academic achievement and behavioral competence for all students.

The main logic behind PBIS is that behavior support in schools begins by investing in building a positive social culture.  PBIS schools systematically and intentionally define and teach behavioral expectations, monitor and acknowledge appropriate behavior, provide corrective consequences for behavioral erros, and use data to make decisions about their systems and practices. 

Keystone AEA, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education, provides training and coaching to assist schools to develop, implement, and sustain PBIS in their building.

Contact: De Blanchard, 800-632-5918


Keystone AEA's PBIS Training Site

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

PBIS Assessment

PBIS World

Olweus Bullying Prevention

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:

  • Reducing existing bullying problems among students.
  • Preventing new bullying problems.
  • Achieving better peer relations at school.

Backed by thirty-five years of research and successful, worldwide implementation, the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is a long-term, system-wide program for change involving program components at four levels:

  • School-wide rules, +/- consequences, supervision plan, ongoing staff discussion groups.
  • Classroom level meetings to build community and teach skills to students.
  • Individual interventions for students who bully and who are bullied, parent involvement.
  • Community efforts to increase support of anti-bullying messages and strategies.

Contact: De Blanchard, 800-632-5918