De-escalation Strategies for Person with Mental Illness or Behavioral Disorders in Crisis

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is provide public safety personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to de-escalate crisis situations involving persons with mental illness or behavior disorders. Participants will learn a set of assessment skills, intervention and communication strategies, and measured tactical responses that reduce or eliminate the need to use force to achieve compliance.

This is a grant-funded 8-hour course that is Minnesota POST accredited.

Course content includes:

  • Common mental illnesses and behavior disorders
  • Stress-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) from military combat experience or the effects of severe and repeated trauma
  • Strategies to assess and effectively relate to persons in crisis
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution tactics
  • Measured response theory
  • Communication skills that form the basis for de-escalation techniques (delete?)
  • Minnesota resources for persons in crisis and their families

Contact Bill Micklus, Associate Director, at [email protected] or 651-287-7443 if you would like more information about this training.