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TCIS UPDATE: Designing Refresher Training

Note: This update is only open to certified TCIS trainers.

This update is designed to assist certified TCIS trainers in designing and implementing effective and school specific TCIS refresher training in order to enhance individual and organization performance. Factors that facilitate skill transfer and maintenance will be discussed. An effective format for representing TCIS materials using the model of “discussion, demonstration, and practice” will be presented. Participants will be asked to present activities appropriate for refresher training during this update. In advance of the update, participants will be asked to bring their activity guides and bring critical incidents (identifying information deleted) for review and use during the practice activities. A heavy emphasis is placed on advancing the skill development of the participants in the areas of the early interventions strategies, crisis co-regulation, Life Space Interview, physical skills and risk assessment.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Design refresher TCIS training to meet school specific goals and objectives
  • Develop questions to test recall and application of TCIS skills and concepts
  • Deliver an activity that advances skills and provides for corrective feedback
  • Demonstrate effective training strategies that meet the objectives of refresher training
  • Practice physical restraint skills with moderate resistance

Program Outline

Day 1 examines the differences between primary training and refresher training and highlights factors that facilitate skill transfer and maintenance. Participants will learn how to redesign TCIS activities for refresher training and deliver these activities to the training group. The training model of “discussion, demonstration, and practice” and how to use incident reports as a training tool will be presented and practiced. Activities focusing on LSIs, deconstructing crisis events, and physical interventions skills will be presented.
Day 2 continues with participant presentations highlighting self-talk, crisis co-regulation skills, and safety interventions and risk assessment skills. All participants will be tested with written and competency based tests in order to be re-certified.


Participants who successfully complete the update receive the TCIS Designing Refresher Training reference guide and activity guide.

Schedule and Application

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If you would like to sign up for this program, click here to access the RCCP's Registration Center.


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.



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