Safe Crisis Management (SCM)

Scientific Rating:
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Safe Crisis Management (SCM) has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Staff members who work with individuals in care or receiving service that may experience crisis behavior

Brief Description

SCM is a comprehensive behavior support and intervention training program designed to assist professional staff in managing disruptive or aggressive behavior. The training provides prevention – de-escalation – emergency (physical) intervention and follow-up processing for these behavior incidents. Staff completing the program must demonstrate proficiency via written and physical skills testing.

Program Goals:

The goal of the Safe Crisis Management (SCM) program is:

  • Equip staff with knowledge and skills that will allow them to safely intervene with individuals who demonstrate disruptive behaviors that are harmful to self or others

Essential Components

The essential components of Safe Crisis Management (SCM) include:

  • Being based on traditional human service principles that respect the rights and dignity of all individuals
  • Providing timely information regarding human development, behavior and intervention
  • Teaching SCM interventions that have been reviewed by five different medical resources (MDs) for safety
  • Being consistent with professional standards, and state and federal regulations, regarding behavior support and intervention
  • Having a curriculum used in over 40 states and in several foreign countries

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Residential Care Facility
  • School


This program does not include a homework component.


Safe Crisis Management (SCM) does not have materials available in a language other than English.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Trained staff

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Line staff receive training by a certified trainer from their own organization (JKM Training, Inc. certifies the trainers in a 5-day Instructor class) and are able to use the techniques.

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Through public seminars that are run across the U.S. and via on-site contracted sessions

Number of days/hours:

Instructor certification training is 35 hours. Individuals certified by JKM as Instructors are empowered to train their colleagues in the curriculum. These staff members then use the techniques in behavior management with clients.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Safe Crisis Management (SCM).


No reference materials are currently available for Safe Crisis Management (SCM).

Contact Information

Name: Joseph K. Mullen, MSW
Agency/Affiliation: JKM Training, Inc.
Phone: (717) 960-0457
Fax: (717) 960-0458

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2011