Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

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About This Program

Target Population: Staff working in residential child care organizations

Brief Description

At TCI’s core lies the principle that successful resolution of a child’s crisis depends on the environment’s (the care organization) and the individual’s (the care worker) therapeutic and developmentally appropriate response. The TCI system teaches and supports strategies for care workers at all levels of the organization to:

  • Assess children’s aggressive behaviors as expressions of needs.
  • Monitor their own levels of arousal.
  • Use non-coercive, non-aggressive environmental and behavioral strategies and interventions that de-escalate the crisis and that lead to the child’s own emotional self-regulation and growth.
  • Use physical interventions only as a safety intervention that contains a child’s acute aggression and violence.

Program Goals:

The goal ofTherapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) is:

  • Provide a crisis prevention and intervention system for residential care organizations that will assist in:
    • Preventing crises from occurring by de-escalating potential crises
    • Effectively managing acute crises
    • Reducing potential and actual injury to children and staff
    • Teaching constructive ways to handle stressful situations
    • Developing a learning circle within the organization

Contact Information

Martha J. Holden, MS
Agency/Affiliation: Cornell University
Phone: (607) 254-5337
Fax: (607) 255-4837

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2011