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TCIS: Train the Trainer Workshop – 5 Days

January 27 @ 8:00 am - January 31 @ 4:00 pm EST


Dates: January 27, 2020 – January 31, 2020

Workshop times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day (registration: 7:45 – 8:00 a.m.)

Presenters: Cornell University Trainers

Location: Duken Building, Plattsburgh City School District, 49 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY

Cost: $2,200 per participant

Lunch provided

Register quickly – MAXIMUM of 20 participants can attend

**NOTE: Participants need to register through CVES in WinCap Web PD and also complete Cornell application form attached to this workshop and the Behavior Audit form also attached to this workshop**

Behavior Audit

Cornell Application Form

Each participant must complete and sign the Cornell application in order to attend the training.  The application includes a behavior audit that, as part of the application, must be completed as well.  In addition, participants must submit a copy of their school’s physical restraint policy with their application.  If their school has already submitted a behavior audit and a policy in the past, then they are not required to submit a new one unless either have been updated.

If a school does not have a restraint policy, they should contact RCCP so that we can assist them in developing one.

The completed Cornell application and behavior audit form should be sent to Alissa Medero at ab358@cornell.edu.

Please note information below for all that will be participating in the 5 day.

***TCI Pre-course Preparation Questions****

If you have NOT completed a direct TCI training at your organization, you are REQUIRED to complete the online TCI Pre-course Preparation Questions prior to attending the TCI training of trainers.

If you HAVE completed a direct TCI training at your organization, you have the option of completing the online TCI Pre-course Preparation Questions prior to attending the TCI training of trainers.

A dedicated link will be sent to participants via e-mail,  once the pre-reading materials are mailed.

Prerequisite: Applicants to the TCI Train the Trainer Program must have completed 28 hours of direct TCI training. If you cannot meet this requirement, please contact Andrea Turnbull at ajt78@cornell.edu.

** Attendance alone does not guarantee certification**

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers (TxT)

This intensive five-day TCIS train-the-trainer competency-based certification course provides school districts the opportunity to develop an in-house training capacity in the TCIS curriculum. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the TCIS curriculum necessary to deliver the training to staff in their schools. Participants will have the chance to participate, practice, and receive feedback in conducting activities to gain immediate training experience. Training techniques such as role plays, small group discussions, guided fantasies, conducting practice sessions, and using audiovisual aids will be demonstrated. The curriculum is evidence informed and trauma sensitive. Participants will receive all the necessary materials to conduct the TCIS training program in their school district.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Pro-actively prevent and/or de-escalate potential crisis situations with students
  • Manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and, if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm to students and staff
  • Process the crisis event with students to help improve their coping strategies
  • Effectively deliver TCIS training in their schools

Intended Audience

This course is for trainers, principals, school counselors/psychologists, teachers, teacher assistants and other school personnel capable of training crisis intervention techniques.

Program Outline

  • Day 1: Crisis as Opportunity. The TCIS system is presented along with how crisis is defined, ways that adults can prevent a crisis situation in the classroom milieu, and how to help students feel safe by creating a culture of nonviolence. Participants are taught how to assess a situation, identify setting conditions in a classroom, the importance of good classroom instruction, the effects of trauma, and the importance of emotional competence in preventing crisis, and how to maintain self-control in preventing or handling a crisis through awareness of personal feelings and values.
  • Day 2: Triggering and Escalation. The importance of knowing the student and awareness of the environment in a crisis situation are discussed. Verbal and nonverbal techniques for crisis prevention and de-escalation, behaviors support techniques, emotional first aid, how to avoid power struggles, and use of protective interventions are presented and practiced.
  • Day 3: Escalation, Outburst and Recovery. Managing aggressive behavior, elements of a potentially violent situation are discussed. Strategies for co-regulating with a student when at the height of crisis outburst will be taught and practiced as well as the Life Space Interviewing following a crisis event. The rationale for safety interventions is explained and situations when restraint should and should not be used are discussed. The use of various physical intervention techniques and safety concerns are discussed, presented, and practiced.
  • Day 4: Outburst, Recovery and Implementing the TCIS System. Participants participate in additional practicing of Life Space Interviewing skills, crisis co-regulation skills, and the various physical intervention skills. Individual Crisis Management Plans (ICMPs) are presented and practiced. Safety concerns and documentation issues are discussed. The elements of the TCIS system are reviewed and the implementation of the TCIS system in school districts and/or schools is discussed and recommended action plans are developed for the individual school districts and/or schools.
  • Day 5: Certification Evaluation and Testing: Crisis Co-regulation and Life Space Interviewing are practiced. All participants are tested for TCIS Associate Certification status with a written knowledge test and a Life Space Interview evaluation and physical intervention skills behavioral skills evaluation.


Participants who successfully complete the course receive a TCIS trainer’s reference and activity guide, a DVD and PowerPoint™ CD, and a student workbook.

TCI Certification

The Residential Child Care Project has a certification process for TCIS trainers. Please note that all participants must pass the certification requirements during the TCIS training in order to train TCIS. Attendance alone does not qualify a participant to be a TCIS trainer.

If you wish to attend one of our workshops, you must now register through WinCap. This will make it easier for you to track your Professional Development hours. To begin, please create a WinCap guest account (see PDF below for instructions). Then, you can sign in to the WinCapWeb Professional Development Catalog, and register for a workshop.

WinCapWeb PD Catalog & Registration (opens in a new tab)

Guest Account Creation PDF


January 27 @ 8:00 am
January 31 @ 4:00 pm
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