Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Country Care follows the University of Cornell Therapeutic Crisis Intervention programme (Version 6). This is a Crisis Prevention and Management System first developed in 1980, subsequently revised, and in widespread use in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia.

The key rationale is:

“In our work in residential child care, the most important tool we possess in helping young people change, grow, and develop into well-adjusted members of society is ourselves. Our ability to relate to the young people we care for in an open, sensitive, consistent, and caring way is perhaps the single most important contribution we make. It is a fundamental assumption of residential treatment that the adults who spend the most time with a young person, regardless of who they are, can directly affect their behaviour and learning, and hence, growth.”
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention embodies a therapeutic approach to crisis prevention and management designed to reduce the need to rely on high-risk interventions and to encourage children to regulate their own behaviour. The programme provides a structure to help make sense of a child’s difficult behaviour. Staff are taught specific techniques to prevent and manage crisis situations. This includes understanding the distinction between situational and maturational crisis; the stress model of crisis and at what stages certain techniques can be employed; proactive and reactive aggression; the use of a variety of intervention approaches and specific behaviour support techniques. Staff are given specific direction on active listening skills, managing non-compliant behaviour, and averting a crisis.

The TCI course is trained and tested over a full week. There are regular refresher training events. The main competencies are:

  • Competency 1: prevent and/or de-escalate a potential crisis situation with a child or young person
  • Competency 2: safely and therapeutically manage a crisis situation
  • Competency 3: be able to help children and young people improve their coping stratgies

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