Non violent crisis intervention. CPI

I have noticed that care givers are experiencing more problems with loved ones with PSP becoming unreasonable and sometimes violent. I dealt with individuals with dual diagnosis and neurological and mental illness. My CPI training has been very helpful . I know it is harder not to get hooked when your loved one gets unreasonable but it helps to recognise what is happening and have tools to defuse a harmful situation to safeguard yourself and your loved one. I know our first response would be to rush in and stop someone from getting hurt but if you do that while an individual is acting on a compulsive obsessive disorder you may very likely both get hurt. Than you will not be able to look after any one . It is very helpful to know what to do to defuse and prevent things from escalating. Also safe ways to get out of holds grabs bites hair pulls without any one getting hurt. There are courses on this on line too. It is worth a look if you are starting to feel unsafe or uncertain what to do.Noella21

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  • Hi Noella21

    What is CPI? As it sounds like a useful training to get for new PSP carers. M now past stage of grabbing and twisting, or holding on to rails unable to let go, it would have been useful to know how to release grips without force or finger bending.


  • Google Non violent crisis intervention .ca or if you are in the US all individuals working was as support workers with individuals with brain injury mental disorders developmental disabilities or dual diagnoses are required to take it and keep current with refresher. I am sure also in the UK and Australia. I have met them at conventions training sessions and we also had a job exchange program . Where workers from one country exchanged jobs with some from others. I would have loved to do this but family situation prevented it.

  • Forgot to mention CPI stands foe Crisis Intervention and prevention If I remember correctly. I hate anconyms. They exclude people when we are trained to include and empower them.

  • Thanks looked it up seems as you said States based education programme.

    In U.K. nothing formally available other than local policies and internal NHS and care company training.

    Still checking out to see if commercial courses available if not will check with local Nurses to see if they know about similar courses.


  • Lots of good videos with tips on YouTube.

  • Well said . Yes, If carers are getting hurt or emotionally abused , then they must access tools to help them overcome these abuses, while still taking care of the patient.

    Thank you for bringing this to peoples attention


  • Thank you Noella 12, that is very useful to know. X

  • I went to a psp seminar in Glasgow and they had some nurses on to discuss this subject. They said most of the time it's because the carer has unknowingly caused pain for the patient. So check you haven't hurt them and talk about it with them. Don't just assume they're attacking you for no reason.

  • Exactly. Something is going on there and learning to defuse the situation and reassure the client rather than add fuel to the fire by your own hurt feelings or fear. Behavior is communication. Language is code. Care givers must stay in control of the situation and their own feelings. Not try to control the client. You have to support them what ever that takes and keep you both safe. It takes practice.

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