Teachers from Fort Plain and Canajoharie earn
crisis intervention instructor certification
Fort Plain special education teacher Bob
Bleichner and Canajoharie special education teacher Jennifer
Schwabrow recently became certified instructors after attending a
workshop on non-violent crisis intervention.
They can now teach the faculties in each
district how to de-escalate a student crisis.
“The techniques they learned are helpful so we
can help children who become emotional,” said Theodore Arndt, the
special education director for both districts.
“We need to have the best possible management
techniques so we can de-escalate situations before they become a
The four-day workshop included 32 hours of
training. Mr. Arndt wanted to send the teachers because there were
trainers in the district whose two-year certifications were about to
According to CPI, the company that holds the
trainings, participants learned some of the following:
• How to tailor program content to address workplace realities;
• Effective techniques for facilitating a group and methods to
enhance adult learning;
• How to handle difficult questions and manage challenging
• How to develop proficiencies in teaching personal safety and
The training is also another example of the
two districts sharing services and programs.
“We wanted to build an inter-district training
team,” Mr. Arndt said.