“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said…” – Peter Drucker
What is TCIS?
TCIS is a crisis prevention and intervention program created by Cornell University designed to teach staff how to help at-risk children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. Champlain Valley Educational Services formally adopted TCIS as a crisis intervention model in 2013. Our goal is to create not only a safe environment, but also one that promotes growth and development so our students can learn to manage a variety of feelings and emotions including frustration, failure, anger, rejection, hurt, and depression.
What are the goals of TCIS?
• Create a safe, caring and supportive environment
• Proactively prevent crisis from occurring
• De-escalate students in crisis
• Effectively and safely managing an acute crisis
• Reduce the risk of harm to students and staff if physical intervention is necessary
• Improve students coping strategies when faced with stressful situations
Who is trained in TCIS?
CVES currently employs 11 trainers that provide both initial training and refresher training on an on-going basis. All staff who have direct contact with students go through an initial 4-day training (total of 28 hours) and become certified. Annual refresher hours are required for everyone.
For more information about TCIS, visit Cornell’s website or contact a building administrator.