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Paraprofessional Toolkit: De-Escalation

Time limit: 365 days

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Course Overview

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Course Description

"De-Escalation" is a crucial course that equips paraprofessionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage and support students during challenging behavioral situations. The course begins with a compelling narrative that highlights the importance of understanding and responding appropriately to the escalation cycle. Through a series of engaging BHSSC-created videos, reflective exercises, and assessments, participants will gain a deep understanding of the different stages of the escalation cycle and how both students and staff respond during each phase. The course explores various staff responses and knowledge, providing paraprofessionals with the tools to assess their own reactions and develop a repertoire of effective strategies. Participants will learn and practice simple, yet powerful de-escalation techniques and interventions that they can use to support students in regaining emotional control and promoting a safe, positive learning environment. By the end of the course, paraprofessionals will feel confident in their ability to recognize and respond to escalating situations, ultimately contributing to a more supportive and inclusive educational setting.

Course Goals

  • "Provide an understanding of the Escalation Cycle and Student/Staff Responses"
  • "Explore staff responses and knowledge"
  • "Look at simple strategies and interventions you can provide to students."

Estimated Time: ½ Hour to 2 Hours 

This self-paced course typically requires half an hour to two hours to complete, though the actual time may vary based on individual factors.

Access and Credentials

Click on "enroll now" to begin enrolling in the Course listing. After registering, click on “Canvas” at the top of the page to access your course in Canvas.

Bulk Enrollment

Administrators, PLC leaders, and others can enroll their whole team; there's an option for bulk enrollment in the Catalog for registering multiple members. You first need to reserve and purchase multiple enrollments. After that, you can invite individuals to your purchased seats.

Team Discount

If registering 20 or more individuals for a team or district, reach out to to arrange for special pricing before purchasing.

Credentials: 1 CECH

After completing this course, you can obtain 1 CECH (continuing education contact hours) for South Dakota. CECH/CEUs are free of charge and can be obtained instantly upon completing all requirements.