Training Applications

Where is MCPP being used?

The Marcus Autism Center Crisis Prevention Program (MCPP) is currently being used in Preschool and K-12 classroom settings, residential care facilities, psychiatric care facilities, therapeutic and applied behavior analysis (ABA) clinics, emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient medical settings, group homes, and crisis stabilization units. Trainings and training materials are grouped and tailored according to areas of specialization. There are currently three areas of focus within MCPP with training materials and presentations tailored to address crisis situations that may occur in the following settings:

  • ABA, clinical, or therapeutic (e.g., behavioral health center or clinic)
  • Medical (e.g., hospital or medical clinic)
  • Educational (e.g., classroom and school environments)

User and trainer certifications

We offer certification for both users and trainers as part of the MCPP program. An MCPP Certified User is trained and authorized to use the techniques taught during the course.

  • An MCPP Certified User maintains active certification for three years if they:
    1. Continue to use and practice the techniques.
    2. Complete an annual refresher training and pass all requirements.
    3. Maintain employment at the organization the license agreement was created under.
  • An MCPP Certified User is provided a single printed copy of the MCPP User Training Manual and training slides. The trainee is not permitted and has no right to alter or reproduce any training materials without the express written consent of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
  • An MCPP user certification and access to any licensed training materials are not transferable to another organization if the user leaves the organization the license agreement was created under.

An MCPP Certified Trainer is trained and authorized to use the techniques and to train and certify users at the organization the license agreement was created under.

  • An MCPP Certified Trainer is not trained or authorized to certify other MCPP Certified Trainers.
  • An MCPP Certified Trainer must complete the initial user training course, followed by trainer training.
  • An MCPP Certified Trainer will maintain active certification for three years if they:
    1. Conduct a minimum of three training events within their organization each year.
    2. Maintain employment at the organization the license agreement was created under.
  • A new MCPP Certified Trainer must be observed by a Marcus Autism Center-employed MCPP lead trainer when conducting their first training.
  • To train staff members within their organization, each MCPP Certified Trainer must purchase MCPP Certified User licenses. An individual license costs $15 per trainee.
  • To allow for independent training, each MCPP Certified Trainer is also granted access to the MCPP copyrighted training materials, as well as access to the MCPP data management software currently offered through REDCap. Authorized MCPP materials may only be reproduced by the MCPP Certified Trainer solely for use by their trainees during training. Participants shall collect such materials at the end of such training.
  • An MCPP Certified Trainer’s certification and any access to licensed training materials are not transferable to another organization if the trainer leaves the organization the license agreement was created under.

Training levels

Different tiers are available so organizations can choose the level of training that best fits the needs of their program. The current tiers are based on the type of crisis prevention techniques taught, the use and level of personal protective procedures (PPP), or the type of containment used.

  • Fundamentals of crisis prevention (Tier 1)
    • Crisis Prevention, de-escalation, post-crisis management strategies
  • Intermediate skills training (Tier 2)
    • Crisis prevention, de-escalation, post-crisis management strategies and select personal protective procedures without containment
  • Advanced skills training (Tier 3)
    • Crisis prevention, de-escalation, post-crisis management strategies and full training on personal protective procedures
  • Advanced skills training with containment (Tier 4)
    • Crisis prevention, de-escalation, post-crisis management strategies and full training on personal protective procedures
    • Optional training on up to three types of containment

Training segments

Training consists of three segments and is designed to provide users with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, manage and de-escalate crisis situations.

Section I: Crisis prevention and de-escalation

  • In the first section, users learn how to implement preventive strategies that are designed to reduce the likelihood of crisis situations and increase compliance. Users learn how to use de-escalation techniques to prevent the use of more intrusive behavior management techniques (e.g., containment) and avoid crisis situations.

Section II: Personal protective procedures (PPP)

  • In the second section, users learn how to safely manage individuals who become aggressive or engage in destructive behavior. These procedures are designed to be used by staff who regularly work with children who engage in problem behavior. When used correctly, these procedures can reduce the chances of personal injury or injuring the aggressor. Training includes didactics, demonstration and practice. The practice is designed to be as realistic as possible so users learn the procedures, when to use them, how to apply them in a real-life situation, and how to transition between procedures.

Section III: De-escalation and post-crisis management strategies

  • In the third section, users learn how to recognize a crisis situation, implement an appropriate de-escalation strategy based on the needs identified during a crisis situation, and take appropriate action following crisis situations to develop future treatment strategies.

Training location

Full on-site and off-site training can be arranged.

Physical demands of training

The implementation of crisis prevention and management skills often requires the use of verbal and physical management strategies. Training participants should possess good communication skills in their work setting that fit with the MCPP materials provided to them. Additionally, participants should only take part in training if they are not a medical or safety risk to themselves or others. Depending upon the level of training, participants may be required to engage in various physical activities. Participants should also be prepared to demonstrate procedures several times throughout the training. Since the training is associated with physical movement and mock crisis situations, there are some risks associated with participation in the training. Prior to participating in training, all trainees must sign a waiver that includes an affirmation that they have been made aware of the risks and assume all risks associated with training.

Activity Fundamental skills training Intermediate skills training Advanced skills training
Bending/stooping Occasionally Occasionally Frequently
Pushing/pulling Not present Occasionally Frequently
Standing/walking Occasionally Occasionally Frequently
Sitting Frequently Frequently Frequently
Lifting Not present Not present Frequently

Definitions:

  • Occasionally: Activity exists for up to one-third of the training
  • Frequently: Activity exists for up to half of the training
  • Lifting: The ability to lift up to 50 pounds independently and greater than 50 pounds with assistance

Training that includes segments of the personal protective procedures (PPP) training is intensive and prepares participants for interaction with an aggressive or destructive individual better than other training systems that do not include these training techniques. Additionally, this added practice builds confidence in our users, leading to better self-control and treatment integrity when problem behavior occurs.

Current pricing

Training Type Training Description Price per user
User Tier 1: Fundamentals of crisis prevention (4 hours) $300
User Tier 2: Intermediate crisis prevention and management skills (8 hours) $500
User Tier 3 and Tier 4: Advanced crisis prevention and management skills (16 -18 hours) $1,200
Trainer*
(See notes below)
Trainer training on advanced crisis prevention and management skills (32 hours/4 days) $2,500
User refresher
(Yearly)
Tier 1 and Tier 2 $300
Tier 3 and Tier 4 $500
Trainer recertification
(Every three years)
Trainer Recertification (16 hours) $1,200

(*) The price quoted for trainer certification describes the initial cost of training. Training of each additional User (employee) will require a $15 processing fee. Training licenses are transferable to staff within the organization. At three years, the licenses will need to be renewed. At that time, you can reevaluate the number of licenses you need and purchase more or less licenses. At any time during the three-year cycle, additional licenses can be purchased.