Whether you work with children, young people or adults, one of the hardest things is knowing what to do when those you work with are experiencing real distress and behaving in a way that challenges your ability to support them.
Whether your goal is safeguarding staff and service users, enhancing quality of life, or ensuring adherence to legal guidelines – understanding why behaviours that challenge occur is at the core of any successful intervention.
The Physical Intervention Instructor Programme prepares practitioners to deliver the CALM Physical Intervention Course training programme as part of their work role.
Engaging in the use of restrictive physical intervention or restraint is an unpleasant experience for all. It should only EVER be done where all other potential solutions and responses have been exhausted.
Training staff in self-defence techniques has often been seen as the key to personal safety. However, it can be argued that as a strategy, such free-standing programmes increase, rather than decrease risk.
The CALM Escape Techniques Instructor Programme trains you to be able to deliver the CALM Escape Techniques Course within your organisation.
CALM supports Early Years providers and their staff to understand and address the root causes of behaviour that challenges using a whole-organisation, public health approach through our integrative practice model. A focus on attachment, trauma and nurture enables staff to make sense of challenging situations and to develop child-centred plans to prevent, avert and more safely manage crisis.
The CALM Associate Programme packages our integrated practice model, our whole-organisation approach, our more than twenty years of clinical, academic and practice expertise in the field of behaviour support – and embeds it directly into your organisation!
The CALM Integrating Positive Behaviour Support (IPBS) course is distinct from more traditional PBS courses in a number of significant ways.
Self-harm and suicide are distinct and separate acts with differing motivational factors. Self-harm is usually a coping mechanism and is more about staying alive, while someone may choose suicide to end physical or emotional pain.
In working with people who experience distress, feelings of fatigue, burnout and stress can seem unavoidable. However, by finding ways to nourish our own wellbeing – cultivating our own innate capacities for mindfulness and compassion – we can discover that not only are we better able to cope, we can realise a more sensitive, wiser and more responsive approach to the people we work with. Relationships are at the heart of the work we do and growing our strengths of calmness and presence brings about the possibility of Reciprocal Flourishing.
Who cares for the carers? The vast majority of care is delivered by parents or carers who are often left largely unsupported and whose training and support are often not recognised or addressed. This can leave parents and carers in an unsafe position, unsure about what to do for the best. We believe that parents and carers have the right to quality training and support tailored to their circumstances and needs.
Sometimes levels of distress for children and young people can become so overwhelming that they may pose a physical risk to themselves and others around them. CALM understands and acknowledges that at these times it may be necessary to hold the child and all involved must ensure this takes place as safely as possible.
Due to the increasing recognition of the prevalence and impact of trauma, organisations now have an opportunity to truly become trauma informed. It’s cutting edge practice that enables you to achieve outcomes by best meeting the needs of those you support.
At CALM, we believe that the safest intervention is the one you never have to apply.
In the aftermath of a serious incident, organisations have duties to the people they support, their staff and regulators. De-briefing can play a significant role in meeting such duties, supporting staff, promoting reflection and accountability, maximising learning, reducing the likelihood of further incidents and ultimately improving the service.
CALM works with many service sectors including some of the largest housing service providers, further education provision and customer service staff. Within many sectors including social care there has been a fundamental shift from staff working in buildings and in teams to staff increasingly working on their own. This can lead to staff feeling less safe and a need for organisations to develop new and different approaches to risk. Getting this right matters.
Older people and those living with Dementia can become extremely stressed and distressed. Their confusion and disorientation may be very frightening with old memories and traumas sometimes re-surfacing. Their distress can sometimes result in aggression posing huge challenges to staff and families providing support who may at times face violence even when attempting to provide urgently needed care. We can help.
We always like to begin the roll out of CALM at a new organisation with a manager’s workshop. The workshop will explore the relationship and role of CALM in your organisation, review expectations and responsibilities, and explain why we teach what we teach.
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