Topic:Best Practices in Crisis De-escalation



  • Opening Ritual 
  • Brief Description 
  • 3 to 4 Learning Objectives 
  • Engaging Content/Activities (keep the attention of the audience) 
  • Closing Ritual 
  • Reputable sites and journal articles (cite your source)
  • Related Handouts for audience 


Abstract Model/Format

  • Opening Ritual
  • Content/Engaging Activities
  • Closing      Ritual



Brief Description:

Length: 45 minutes-2 hours

3-4 Learning Objectives (Participants will) 

  • What will the       participants learn  

Main Points that will be addressed in the presentation


National models in school mental health

Research articles that support the training content

Is anyone else in the District doing this?


Title: Mental Health 101: Guide to student re-entry and support planning


Mental health and school success are closely linked.  Attendees will gain insight into the role of school and District support personnel and learn strategies to address re-entry, support planning after hospitalization and transition planning for students.


Attendees will:

  • Explore the collaborative roles of school-based crisis      teams, Mobile Response Team and C.A.P.E. Team 
  • Identify strategies to support social and emotional      learning
  • Learn Trauma-Sensitive Practices
  • Explore District (ART, BRT, ESE Contact, School      Counselor, School Psychologist, Family Counselor) and Community Resources      (Behavioral Health Agreement)

Target Audience

School and District administrators, school counselors, school psychologists, family counselors, school-based team leaders, social service team leaders, behavioral health resource teachers, social service facilitators, and classroom teachers.


  • Opening Ritual
  • Role of C.A.P.E. Team
  • Re-entry is       when the student who returns to school after hospitalization or       residential placement for a mental or behavioral health concerns
    • Strategies for Re-entry        Planning
  • Convene School         Based Team (i.e. identified school personnel, parents, the student if         applicable, therapist, case manager)
  • Receive the student warmly,         continue with regular academic day
  • Identify point-person to         support student
  • Conduct meetings with         strengths and mental health lens
  • Emphasize that         hospitalization goal is to stabilize, not fix
  • Set a clear plan for         addressing absence and missed work, and allow for adjustments in         classwork/homework upon return
  • Implement daily check-ins         with youth
  • Provide regular feedback to         the caregiver on childÂ’s adjustment back to school
  • Ensure that referrals for         ongoing mental health services are in place
  • Schedule follow-up meeting to check on the status of         implementation of the plan

Student Safety Plan is an individualized plan created to empower and support a student who is at risk of harm to self or others.

  • Warning Signs          (Thoughts/Feelings/Mood, Situations, and Behaviors) 
  • Coping Skills (Healthy ways          to work through the problem; internal versus external coping skills)
  • Support Team (People the          student trust to assist them when in crisis)
  • 24-hour crisis numbers

School Support Plan is an individualized plan to support students experiencing a mild mental or behavioral health challenges, and/or to address lower level, chronic, escalating or problematic behavior.

  • Behavioral Contract
  • De-escalation         Strategies 
    • Calm Down Corner
    • Safe place
    • Check-in/out
    • Preferred adult
    • CHAMPS Strategies
  • Transition Plan is an       established plan where schools communicate and collaborate to discuss       students with a mental or behavioral health concerns
    • School to School 
    • Level to Level
      • Elementary to Middle School
      • Middle School to High          School
      • High School to          Postsecondary (exit meeting with parent)
  • Activity-provide participants       with a checklist and have them role play and create a re-entry plan,       safety, support plan, transition plan 
    • Takeaways (Re-entry Plan,        Support Plan, Transition Plan)

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