Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® (CPI) - Two-Day Foundation Course

Two-Day Foundation Course® (traditional in-class training)

course overview

Day One:
Gain a basic understanding of crisis intervention methods.
On the first day of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training, the emphasis is on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behaviour. CPI’s disengagement skills are also demonstrated and practiced in this seminar to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from a dangerous situation. You’ll learn:

  • How to identify behaviors that could lead to a crisis.
  • How to most effectively respond to each behavior to prevent the situation from escalating.
  • How to use verbal and nonverbal techniques to defuse hostile behavior and resolve a crisis before it can become violent.
  • How to cope with your own fear and anxiety.
  • How to assess risk levels and consider the issues that impact decision making.
  • How to use CPI's disengagement skills to avoid injury if behavior becomes physical.

Day Two:
Reinforce preventative techniques and learn holding skills.
The second day of training expands on crisis intervention methods to include the study and practice of holding skills. These skills are taught to be used as a last resort when an individual becomes an immediate danger to self or others. You’ll learn:

  • When it’s appropriate to physically intervene.
  • How to develop team intervention strategies and techniques.
  • How to assess the physical and psychological well-being of those involved in a crisis.
  • A progression of holding skills to manage aggressive behavior in least restrictive, safest manner.
  • How to maintain rapport with the acting-out individual.
  • Key steps for debriefing after a crisis.
  • How to properly document an incident.

Blue Card™
Upon successful completion of the training, participants will receive a CPI Blue Card™, signed by the instructor.


This training program is open to all BC School District/Independent School personnel, and teachers or EAs in training. An eligibility form must be filled out and sumbitted to POPARD to complete your registration. Click here to download a form.


A non-refundable administration/registration fee is required for all courses offered by POPARD. The administration fee for the CPI Two-Day Foundation course is $100. This fee covers a range of administrative, preparation, course material and refreshment costs. Tuition and instructor costs are covered by POPARD and the Ministry of Education. Therefore, there is no tuition fee for this course.

NOTE: Administration fees paid to POPARD are not transferable to courses held in school districts or other locations.


Click here to view course dates and to register online (Visa, Mastercard, and cheques made payable to "POPARD" are accepted for payment).

location and course time

Training takes place in Delta, BC at POPARD (4746 57th Street) OR at Delta Manor Education Centre (4750 57th Street) from 9am-4pm daily.

For those taking public transit, the Ladner Exchange is nearby.


For more information, please email or call 604-946-3610 weekdays from 8:30am–3:00pm.