Student management

Crisis Prevention Institute data shows student trauma is a priority for educators this school year

“When CPI talks about managing student behavior, it goes much further than student management. It is about building student character and independence and a student’s ability to remain rational rather than emotional. facing challenges,” said Dr Kevin Mabie.

As the back-to-school season is in full swing, students and teachers are suffering from unresolved anxiety and stress from the previous year, as well as normal back-to-school jitters, which will affect their behaviors and performance at school. inside and outside the school. the classroom. The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), the global leader in workplace violence de-escalation and prevention, surveyed educators nationwide to assess their top concerns and priorities for the 2022-23 school year. The IPC found that student trauma, teacher stress, mental health issues and increased anxiety are the main areas of concern.

“These data magnify an already pressing problem affecting schools nationwide,” said CPI President Susan Driscoll. “Research has shown that by age 16, more than two-thirds of adolescents will have experienced a potentially traumatic event. Now the pandemic has left feelings of chronic unpredictability and isolation in its wake. If the environment seems unsafe , it can change the way we think and our ability to think, therefore schools must intentionally cultivate environments of connection and safety.

Survey results include:

  • 22% of respondents said student trauma, mental health issues and heightened anxiety are top concerns for schools
  • 18% of educators surveyed said they would focus their efforts on disruptive behavior in the classroom
  • Staffing shortages will be a top concern for 15% of educators surveyed

These findings from CPI follow a recent Education Week survey which found that more than four in ten educators said that at least one teacher in their district had been physically attacked or attacked by a student during the last year. However, before this data was released, it was clear that educators were under unprecedented pressure. The National Education Association estimates that 55% of teachers nationwide plan to leave the profession sooner than expected due to the impact of the pandemic.

“Educator trauma, anxiety and stress have an unprecedented turnover rate,” said Dr. Kevin Mabie, CPI Global Professional Instructor and former educator. “As trauma and anxiety continue to seep into the classroom, educators are seeing a significant increase in behavioral changes in their students. As a result, educators are challenged to not only address these behaviors, but also to create a culture of safety for the students who witness it.”

CPI training can help mitigate secondary traumatic stress/vicarious trauma in educators by:

  • Provide confidence and emotional regulation skills to use when dealing with trauma in students
  • Create a collaborative team approach to dealing with challenging behaviors
  • Increase job satisfaction and performance

Integrating trauma-informed teaching helps educators:

  • Improve the social and emotional safety of students and colleagues
  • Prevent vicarious trauma
  • Improving student results

“When CPI talks about managing student behavior, it goes much further than student management. It is about building student character and independence, a student’s ability to remain rational rather than emotional , and to be innovative and persistent in the face of challenges,” said Dr Mabie. “CPI recognizes that no two students are the same; strategies that work for one student may not work for another. As an educator with years of experience, I appreciate that. CPI does not try to give me a singular philosophy that would guide my future classroom management; instead, it gives me various tools that I can use when interacting with students of all ages, helping me to best use of their unique and diverse personalities.”

Federal COVID relief funding is available to support essential CPI training for educators. The grant requires that at least 20% of these funds be used to address learning loss through evidence-based interventions that meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs. CPI training for educators meets this requirement.

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About the Institute for Crisis Prevention:

Crisis Prevention Institute is a world-renowned training organization specializing in the safe management of disruptive and aggressive behavior. The company’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program is adopted worldwide by organizations committed to providing quality care and services in a respectful and safe environment. The strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program provide staff members with an effective framework for decision-making and problem-solving to safely prevent, de-escalate and respond to disruptive or aggressive behavior. The philosophy of care, well-being, safety and securitySM extends across the full continuum of interventions needed to reduce or eliminate the use of restraints.

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