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Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) Training of Trainers (TxT)

This intensive five-day TCIF train-the-trainer certification course provides agency trainers with the tools to teach crisis prevention strategies and crisis intervention techniques to adults who care for children in their homes. Trainers are prepared to coach learners during skill practice sessions, to use role playing, to facilitate small group discussions, and to handle resistance to training. There are opportunities to practice activities and to gain immediate training experience in the subject matter. TCIF stresses crisis prevention and crisis de-escalation in ways that help children learn to avoid losing control. Participants will receive all the necessary materials to deliver the training.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Present strategies for dealing with upset children to prevent and de-escalate potential crises
  • Teach methods to help adults avoid power struggles and enlist a child's cooperation
  • Show how a crisis can be an opportunity for the child to learn new coping skills
  • Effectively deliver TCIF training in their agencies

Intended Audience

Trainers, administrators, supervisors, foster and adoptive case workers and providers interested in training crisis prevention and intervention techniques to caregivers.

Program Outline

Day 1 Defines crisis as an opportunity for the child to learn new coping skills, examines the effects of trauma on children, explores how self-awareness and an awareness of the child and the environment relate to crisis prevention, and discusses how to assess a crisis situation.

Day 2 Examines how managing the environment, setting clear expectations, and using active listening skills can prevent crises and presents different ways to approach children when intervening.

Day 3 Practices behavior support techniques and giving emotional first aid, examines how to negotiate rules and expectations, discusses the use of consequences, and demonstrates how to assess what children need.

Day 4Teaches how to avoid power struggles, Life Space Interviewing, and practices crisis co-regulation techniques to defuse a potentially violent/aggressive situation.

Day Examines how to modify the Life Space Interview for children with communication deficits, develops individual crisis management plans, and tests participants for certification.


Participants who successfully complete the course receive a TCIF trainer’s reference and activity guide, a DVD and PowerPoint™ presentation CD, and a student workbook. 

TCI Certification

The Residential Child Care Project has a certification process for TCIF trainers. Please note that all participants must pass the certification requirements during the TCIF training in order to train TCIF.
Attendance alone does not qualify a participant to be a TCIF trainer.  

Signing Up for TCIF TxT Training

The Residential Child Care Project has a certification process for TCIF trainers. Please note that all participants must pass the certification requirements during the TCIF training in order to train TCIF. Attendance alone does not qualify a participant to be a TCIF trainer.  

The RCCP offers three ways for agencies to access the TCIF Train-the-Trainer program:

­Regularly Scheduled Open TCIF TxT Training. TCIF programs are offered on a fee-for-service basis throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia. Courses are limited to 20 participants. Please click here for information about the TCIF schedule.
Agency On-Site TCIF TxT Training. Organizations can arrange, on a fee-for-service basis, to offer the TCIF TxT program to their staff or member organizations. The program includes a 5-day TxT along with one (1) day of technical assistance to help organization with assessment and planning for TCIF implementation.  Please click here for the TCI Onsite brochure that details how to set up this type of training at your organization.

­Agency On-Site TCIF Assessment and Implementation Package. This is the most comprehensive package for building TCI into the structure of the organization through an 18-24 month contract that includes an on-site TCIF TxT, for up to 20 participants, along with quarterly visits from the Cornell team to provide technical assistance.

To discuss the implementation of TCIF at your organization, contact: Andrea Turnbull, The Residential Child Care Project, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Beebe Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853. Click here to access a schedule of all TCI programs. If you would like to sign up for this program, click here to access the RCCP's Registration Center.


Continuing Education for TCIF TxT courses

New York State Social Workers — LMSW Contact Hours: Cornell University / The Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) SW CPE is recognized by the NewYork State Education Department’s Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #309

NewYork State ContinuingTeacher and Leader Education – contact hours: Cornell University/Residential Child Care Project (RCCP) is approved by the NewYork State Education Department as a CTLE sponsor # 3460 pursuant to Section 80-6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

The above contact hours are currently only available in NYS, but we are currently exploring the possibilities of becomeing continuing education providers in other states.



To Get Information About: (email is preferred to phone call)
TCI Training Dates Click here
TCI Registration Process Click here
Individual TCI Registration or Payment Issues - USA Alissa Burns Medero
Individual TCI Registration or Payment Issues - UK/Ireland Angela Stanton-Greenwood
Bringing TCI to Your Agency via Onsite Training or TCI System Implementation Alissa Burns Medero
Individual TCI Trainer Certification Status or Other Certification Issues Kris Carlison
Holly Smith
Implementing TCI Training for Your Staff Andrea Turnbull