Oftentimes, when people are searching for answers on how to help kids and adults who might exhibit challenging or dangerous behavior, they’re not sure where to start. It can be pretty difficult to choose a program that will most help individuals and staff, as each curriculum has its own benefits. Safety-Care™ is pretty great in that it places a strong emphasis on prevention, working with trainees to develop skills to actively prevent potential behavioral situations from turning into crises. Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions we hear when we’re traveling across the country training Safety-Care.
What makes Safety-Care different from other programs?
Safety-Care instructors teach evidence-based strategies that are rooted in the theories of applied behavior analysis (ABA). The course is taught by board-certified behavior analysts (BCBAs), and focuses on using verbal de-escalation techniques to prevent crises. Safety-Care also teaches management of dangerous behavior, but the focus is always on what staff can do to ensure individuals don’t get to the point where staff would need to resort to physical management. In fact, Safety-Care trainees must demonstrate competency of verbal de-escalation skills back to the trainer, so trainees leave class with tools to prevent crises rather than just knowing how to put someone into a hold.
Who teaches Safety-Care and how is it taught?
Safety-Care is taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs); Master’s level trainers who have multiple years of relevant experience in the field, whether in schools, clinical, adult day and residential and/or mental health settings. Master trainers use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods — errorless teaching and behavioral skills training — to ensure trainees learn strategies and maintain the skills they’ve learned.
What if we have staff who cannot do some of the physical holds because of physical or medical restrictions? Would they still be able to take and pass a Safety-Care class?
Of course! The Safety-Care curriculum teaches a lot of important verbal skills before we even broach the topic of physical management. In fact, if a trainee is unable to demonstrate competency in verbal de-escalation skills, Safety-Care compliance standards would not allow that person to be taught physical management skills. This, of course, is because we believe the focus should always be on de-escalating a person without having to resort to physical management. However, if the person passes their verbal skills competencies, and is unable to do one or more of the physical competencies, he/she would receive a restriction in that specific strategy. This would mean that that person would not be able to use the procedure with any individuals, but he/she could certainly use all of the other preventative strategies to de-escalate a situation. Those skills are usually pretty helpful for everyone!
What if we only wanted to teach certain parts of Safety-Care? Do we have to teach the entire curriculum if we don’t think we’ll use all of the procedures?
You do not! There are some required parts of the curriculum that you must teach in order to teach later procedures, but if your organization only needs the verbal intervention strategies and one or two of the releases, then you do not have to teach all (or any) of the physical procedures! Safety-Care is customizable.
Do we have to buy our materials from QBS for the classes our trainers will be teaching to our employees?
Outside of the cost of the initial train-the-trainer class, your organization will pay a small fee for each person certified. All training materials are provided on a flash drive and can be printed by your organization for each trainee that attends your classes.
Is Safety-Care evidence-based?
Yes! There is a very long appendix of all of the research that contributed to the development of the Safety-Care curriculum. The course was developed by Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and continues to be updated by BCBAs.
Does Safety-Care offer CEUs?
BCBAs and BCaBAs can earn 7 total CEUs, including one ethics CEU. Social workers can also earn CEU credits.
What about our individuals’ family members? Does QBS train families?
QBS has a special train-the-trainer model for families. Trainers from your organization who are certified to teach the core curriculum can take an additional 4 hours of training to become certified to train Safety-Care for Families. Family members often struggle to find effective ways to handle challenging behavior they’re seeing from a loved one. This curriculum allows your trainers to teach family members the same de-escalation techniques that staff are using, so everyone who works with the individual is employing the same strategies to ensure the person is getting consistent behavioral support in all environments.
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