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Mental Health SIG - De-escalation: Creating Connection in a Crisis
Professional Rehabilitation Consultants
1246 University Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: SIGS


5:00  Introductions
5:15-6:15 Presentation
6:15-6:30 Closing remarks/Q&A


Event Description/Title:  De-escalation: Creating Connection in a Crisis

This class examines and practices nonverbal and verbal strategies that help to lower the intensity of a potentially violent encounter with an upset person. We explore the neurobiology of stress and its effect on thinking to provide a rationale for simple but effective intervention strategies.

Speaker Bio: Russ Turner, MA, MS, is the Director of People Incorporated’s Training Institute. During his 12-year tenure he has developed and taught a curriculum of training classes in subjects related to behavioral health for mental health professionals and practitioners, agencies and organizations in the community including law enforcement, healthcare, and social services. He trains trainers, works with leaders, and has consulted and coached on numerous mental health related projects. He has worked as a teacher or trainer for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.



1.Participants can describe the role that stress plays in affecting a person’s judgment when a crisis is happening
2. Participants can replace reactive interventions with reflective ones in a crisis role play scenario
3. Participants can demonstrate the most effective nonverbal signals to calm a crisis
4. Participants can construct clear but non-threatening limits to people who will not comply with requests in common work situations

Target Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, and Occupational Therapy Students, especially those who work in or have an interest in the area of mental health.

Course level: Introductory

Fee: Free to MOTA Members $20.00 non-members

 Register Here: Mental Health SIG - De-escalation: Creating Connection in a Crisis

Contact: Jackie Wagner - email: [email protected]; phone - 651-603-8774