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De-escalation Training for Correctional Officers

Our colleagues at NAMI Tennessee have developed a training for correctional officers working with mentally ill inmates. The film features national experts and footage shot in Tennessee prisons of mentally ill inmates and their COs. “Code” was developed with the cooperation of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Tennessee Department of Corrections. It is available for a nominal cost. 

Field Safety

Lonergan, James. Colorado Division of Youth Corrections. 2011

This 40-hour training program addresses safety issues related to officer safety during home visits and field interactions. Participants will be able to: understand and implement sound home inspection/ visit techniques that promote officer safety; utilize verbal and physical skills to de-escalate or escape dangerous situation within a community based setting. Topics discussed include: stretching; concepts of safety; verbal de-escalation; positioning and stance; movement; evade and escape; pressure points; strikes; brachial stun and inside takedown; spontaneous knife defense; firearm defense—inside strip from the front and rear; ground defense; preventative work; communications and expectations; location approaches and P.A.R.K. (pattern changes, acknowledge yourself, read the area, and know what to expect); entering a yard or apartment concerns; outside inspections; animals; inside inspections; exit strategies; contraband; and future planning.  Please contact the Information Center for a copy

Document ID: 025707

Four (4) Types of Correctional Violence

Barnhart, Tracey E. 2010

The types of violence an offender exhibits and strategies for scaling down the conflict are described. When an officer recognizes the type of violence he is facing, he can customize his tactics for de-escalating it on the spot. The following four types of violence are covered—fear, fury, tantrum, and extortion. Copyrighted.

Document ID: 024195

Verbalization De-escalation Grid

by Barnhart, Tracy. 2010

This concise explanation of how to verbally de-escalate a potentially violent encounter is conveniently laid out in a four-level process that provides appropriate words and actions to use. The reader can easily utilize the advice of the author for getting non-violent compliance from an aggressive offender.

Document ID: 024290

Advanced Communication Techniques: Training Manual

Farnsworth, Ross. Vermont Department of Corrections. 2008

This 40-hour training program provides the participant with the skills necessary to communicate effectively with an inmate regardless of the setting. It consist of 7 communication and safety skills, a behavior continuum to describe anti and pro - social behavior, and manipulation. Verbal and written exams are also included.

Document ID: 024226