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BVEF Fall 2022 Professional Development Series

Updated: Sep 21, 2022

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) with Dr. Michael Baldassare Professional Development: K-6

FREE to BVEF Member Districts 4 Sessions: 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11


The Foundation is proud to announce the first in-person professional development series for the 2022-2023 academic year. As a state recognized DESE approved PD & PDP provider, we are committed to offering high quality professional development to our districts' educators, counselors, and administrators. Our expanded offerings this year are designed in response to feedback during the August 8th BVEF Teacher Consortium, to provide necessary hours for the needed clusters of our Valley educators. Our strategic programming, automatic tracking and documentation of hours, and the PDP Provider Committee work together to facilitate ease of access and meaningful programs for our BVEF members.

12-Hour Course Overview

TCIS is a skills-based training.

Therefore, training is not merely the transmitting of information about how to “do” something, rather it involves the trainees in “the doing of” skills that are critical to defusing crisis situations.

TCIS trainings are known for the involvement of the whole person, because in schools, effective job performance involves thinking, feeling, choosing, and taking an action. What will we do? Participants in this course can expect to be actively engaged with colleagues in various training activities. It is commonplace for TCI based classes to call upon faculty and staff to be up and moving around and participating in skill building from the perspective of a staff member, a child in acute crisis, and/or an observer. Click here for 4 Session breakdown. Who is Dr. Michael Baldassare? A lifelong educator with more than twenty years of experience working with children, young adults, and families. Working in schools he has held the positions of Special Education Teacher, Principal, Director of Special Education, and Superintendent of Schools. He is one of only 36 professionally registered instructors (worldwide) of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF), Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for the Developmentally Disabled (TCIDD), and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) by Cornell University’s Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. How will my classroom/school/district benefit? Click here for Cornell Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) Program Information TCIS training helps schools to:

  • Create a trauma-sensitive environment where students and adults are safe and feel safe

  • Pro-actively prevent and/or deescalate potential crisis situations with students

  • Manage a crisis situation in a therapeutic manner, and, if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm to students and staff

  • Process the crisis event with students to help improve their coping strategies

Is this compatible with PBIS? Yes! TCIS works to enhance PBIS, as seen at the Walker School and other leaders in trauma-informed educational practices. Can this be used towards PDPs? Yes! BVEF tracks all PD registration, participation, and hours. Additionally, we are a certified PD point provider and will work with any member educator towards clusters and/or follow-up work that can be submitted for PD points through BVEF. How do I register? Click here and complete online reservation to reserve your spot. We have scheduled this outside of school hours to make it more accessible. Is my school district a BVEF member? Check the list! Auburn Public School District Blackstone-Millville Regional School District Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Douglas Public School District Grafton Public School District Hopedale Public School District Mendon-Upton Regional School District Milford Public School District Millbury Public School District Northbridge Public School District Sutton Public School District Uxbridge Public School District Bellingham Public School District Dudley-Charlton Regional School District Oxford Public School District Webster Public School District

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