SOURCE: Crisis Prevention Institute

Crisis Prevention Institute

November 12, 2009 09:14 ET

CPI to Partner With Vermont BEST Project to Present at International Positive Behavior Support Conference

BROOKFIELD, WI--(Marketwire - November 12, 2009) - The Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. (CPI), in partnership with the Vermont Department of Education, has been invited to present an informational session detailing Vermont's statewide implementation of Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies at the 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, Expanding the World of PBS: Science, Values and Vision. The conference is hosted by the Association for Positive Behavior Support and is scheduled for March 25-27, 2010 in St. Louis, MO.

The Vermont Department of Education established the BEST Project (Building Effective Supports for Teaching) in the early 1990s to help address the needs of students with challenging behaviors. Over the years, the BEST Project has provided Vermont educators with numerous learning opportunities to fill their professional toolboxes with effective practice and strategies to help students achieve better academic outcomes. As one of its first statewide efforts, the BEST Project collaborated with CPI to develop a cadre of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® program trainers available to Vermont schools.

"CPI was chosen because of its philosophy of providing the best Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security(SM) to staff members and those in their care," said BEST Project Coordinator Richard Boltax. "The emphasis is on prevention, de-escalation, and the use of physical intervention only as a last resort when a student presents a danger to self or others."

As a result of this partnership with CPI, thousands of Vermont educators were trained and Vermont has maintained one of the lowest rates of physical intervention in the country.

"In 2007, the BEST Project adopted School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SW-PBS) as its framework for creating a whole school positive climate," said Boltax. "In Vermont, we've come to believe that the ideas and skills presented in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training are essential to implementing each of the three tiers of the SW-PBS framework."

The informational session will share the successes and challenges of integrating the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program into all three of the SW-PBS framework: primary, secondary, and tertiary.

The Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. is the world's leading training organization specializing in the safe management of disruptive and assaultive behavior. CPI's Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program stresses prevention and safer responses for managing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior. Since 1980, more than 5.4 million professionals have participated in CPI training, and thousands of organizations worldwide have successfully implemented CPI's unique behavior management techniques.

For more information about CPI, its training programs, and its workplace violence prevention resources, please visit

For more information on the 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, please visit

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:
    Robert D. Rettmann
    Research and Communications Coordinator
    Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc.