Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention

What kind of help and how it is given make a crucial difference between the child’s learning from the experience or being set back. The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) training program for child and youth care staff presents a crisis prevention and intervention model designed to teach staff how to help children learn constructive ways to handle crisis. 
The ability of the entire organization to respond effectively to children and young people in crisis situations is critical in establishing not only a safe environment, but also one that promotes growth and development. The skills, knowledge, and professional judgment of staff in responding to crises are critical factors in helping young people learn constructive and adaptive ways to deal with frustration, failure, anger, rejection, hurt, and depression. While TCI is primarily intended for those who care for children and young people living in out-of-home settings or in schools (private and public), it has also been adapted for foster care families.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families:

TCIF (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families) is one of many fantastic teaching opportunities available to the families we serve.

TCIF stresses crisis prevention and crisis de-escalation in ways that help children learn to avoid losing control. The objectives of TCIF are to present strategies for dealing with upset children to prevent and de-escalate potential crises; to teach methods to help caregivers avoid power struggles and enlist a child’s cooperation; and, to show how a crisis can be an opportunity for their child to learn new coping skills.

This continues to be a positive addition, which has increased the chance of success and placement viability for our residents transitioning out of our program.


For more information, please contact Angela Bisson.