Teachers and staff working with students sometimes encounter agitated, potentially dangerous or aggressive behavior. This behavior diverts staff resources, disrupts classroom activities and escalates the potential risks to other students. A proactive approach in intervention is crucial to establishing and maintaining a safe learning environment. Violence Intervention Techniques and Language (V.I.T.A.L.) was developed in a school setting to help staff members learn control procedures and defensive strategies to help promote and insure a safe environment.

The V.I.T.A.L. program trains staff members to prevent and intervene with students who are exhibiting aggressive or violent behavior in a manner that is neither harmful nor reinforcing to the student. Having staff trained in V.I.T.A.L. skills and having established policies for aggression management meets the standards of most school districts, accreditation authorities, and risk managers. Well-trained staff members experience fewer on-the-job injuries, feel more confident to assist in the control of aggressive students, and are less likely to panic or overreact in a crisis.

V.I.T.A.L. is offered on an ongoing basis at the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton, Florida. While active participation in the training is necessary to demonstrate the assimilation of this material, the techniques are easily performed by staff members at various levels of fitness.

For more information on this or other training opportunities, please contact Sergeant David Nissensohn at (561) 982-0906.