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Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Training of Trainers (TxT)

This intensive five-day TCIS train-the-trainer competency-based certification course provides school districts the opportunity to develop an in-house training capacity in the TCIS curriculum. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the TCIS curriculum necessary to deliver the training to staff in their schools. Participants will have the chance to participate, practice, and receive feedback in conducting activities to gain immediate training experience. Training techniques such as role plays, small group discussions, guided fantasies, conducting practice sessions, and using audiovisual aids will be demonstrated. The curriculum is evidence informed and trauma sensitive. Participants will receive all the necessary materials to conduct the TCIS training program in their school district.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Pro-actively prevent and/or de-escalate potential crisis situations with students
  • Manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and, if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm to students and staff
  • Process the crisis event with students to help improve their coping strategies
  • Effectively deliver TCIS training in their schools

Intended Audience

This course is for trainers, principals, school counselors/psychologists, teachers, teacher assistants and other school personnel capable of training crisis intervention techniques.

Program Outline

  • Day 1: Crisis as Opportunity. The TCIS system is presented along with how crisis is defined, ways that adults can prevent a crisis situation in the classroom milieu, and how to help students feel safe by creating a culture of nonviolence. Participants are taught how to assess a situation, identify setting conditions in a classroom, the importance of good classroom instruction, the effects of trauma, and the importance of emotional competence in preventing crisis, and how to maintain self-control in preventing or handling a crisis through awareness of personal feelings and values.
  • Day 2: Triggering and Escalation. The importance of knowing the student and awareness of the environment in a crisis situation are discussed.  Verbal and nonverbal techniques for crisis prevention and de-escalation, behaviors support techniques, emotional first aid, how to avoid power struggles, and use of protective interventions are presented and practiced.
  • Day 3: Escalation, Outburst and Recovery. Managing aggressive behavior, elements of a potentially violent situation are discussed. Strategies for co-regulating with a student when at the height of crisis outburst will be taught and practiced as well as the Life Space Interviewing following a crisis event. The rationale for safety interventions is explained and situations when restraint should and should not be used are discussed. The use of various physical intervention techniques and safety concerns are discussed, presented, and practiced.
  • Day 4: Outburst, Recovery and Implementing the TCIS System. Participants participate in additional practicing of Life Space Interviewing skills, crisis co-regulation skills, and the various physical intervention skills. Individual Crisis Management Plans (ICMPs) are presented and practiced. Safety concerns and documentation issues are discussed. The elements of the TCIS system are reviewed and the implementation of the TCIS system in school districts and/or schools is discussed and recommended action plans are developed for the individual school districts and/or schools.
  • Day 5: Certification Evaluation and Testing: Crisis Co-regulation and Life Space Interviewing are practiced. All participants are tested for TCIS Associate Certification status with a written knowledge test and a Life Space Interview evaluation and physical intervention skills behavioral skills evaluation.


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

TCI Certification

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

Signing Up for TCIS TxT Training

The RCCP offers three ways for school districts and/or schools to access the TCIS Train-the-Trainer program:

­Regularly Scheduled Open TCIS TxT Training
TCIS 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 TCIS schedule.
School District/School On-Site TCIS TxT Training
School districts can arrange, on a fee-for-service basis, to offer the TCIS TxT program to their staff or member schools. The program includes a 5-day TCIS TxT along with one (1) day of technical assistance to help school district with assessment and planning for TCIS implementation.  
Please click here for the TCIS Onsite brochure that details how to set up this type of training at your organization.

School District and/or School On-Site TCIS Assessment and Implementation Package
This is the most comprehensive package for building TCIS into the structure of the organization through an 18-24 month contract that includes an on-site TCIS TxT, for up to 20 participants, along with quarterly visits from the Cornell team to provide technical assistance. To discuss the implementation of TCIS at your school district and/or school, contact: Martha Holden or Eugene Saville, The Residential Child Care Project, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Beebe Hall, Ithaca, New York 14853 Tel. 607.254.5337 Fax. 607.255.4837. 


Continuing Education for TCIS 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)
Main RCCP contact - general information Kaitlyn Martin
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 - NYS OCFS Sponsored ONLY Debra Mojica
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