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SafeClinch Verbal De-Escalation training is designed for behavioral healthcare professionals who work directly in crisis situations. This training focuses on de-escalation techniques, risk assessment, and nonrestrictive interventions. Our training program is targeted for persons who provide services in the addiction industry the content will teach you how to train your staff to safely interact with individuals who are experiencing a crisis. This course is not meant to teach you crisis intervention techniques, but rather, how to lead a workshop in which participates gain competency in verbal de-escalation skills. To support social distancing guidelines, we have created a 16-hour Instructor Certification Program that combines online learning and instructor-led synchronous virtual instruction. The instructor-led synchronous virtual instruction is scheduled for one Saturday from 9:00am - 4:00pm. There is a one-hour lunch break. Please log in at least 15 minutes before the class begins.


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Downloadable Instructor Certification Upon Course Completion

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Free e-book “Verbal De-Escalation for Persons in Position of Authority”

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Downloadable instructor tool kit with all written and electronic materials needed to teach course


Pre-training: Online Course
(8 hours)

Live Synchronous Training
(8 hours)

Pre-training: Online Course (8 hours) Before your live virtual training begins, you must complete an online curriculum, which includes an introduction to verbal de escalation and non violent crisis intervention as well as valuable train-the-trainer review content. You will review course content, dig deeper into SafeClinch modules, and learn important facilitation strategies to maximize your training. You will may begin the online portion of training immediately.

Live Synchronous Training (1 Day, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) You will attend a live, interactive instruction session led by a Professional Instructor. You will be required to complete an online exam at the end of the virtual event. You must register for your virtual class within 60 days of registering for the course. Upon completion of the pre-training, the live virtual training, and the online exam, you will be certified to teach the SafeClinch Verbal De-Escalation training program.

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How to Organize a Workshop
Administrative Activities of Instructor
Overview of Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Programs
SafeClinch Method
Understanding Precursors to Crisis and the “normal state of being”
Rapport Building and Communication
Motivating Persons in Crisis
Navigating Passive Non-Compliance
Multiple Non-Violent De-escalation Techniques
Professional Distancing
Trauma Informed Care and How It Relates to Crisis Intervention

Techniques specific to youth
Techniques specific to elderly


How to Organize a Workshop- Eight essential skills of engagement and knowledge retention

Administrative Activities of Instructor

What kinds of crisis do person in recovery/seeking recovery experience?

How does trauma and adverse childhood events impact coping?

What is normal?

Multiple Non-Violent De-escalation Techniques

Handling Passive Non-Compliance

Professional Distancing- Proximity Skills

Special Topics- Youth and Elderly

Course Length: 16 hours (LCDC, SW, LPC, RSS CEU’s available)

Certification Length:  No Expiration

Where Accepted: USA, Canada and Internationally

Applicable For: Residential, Outpatient, Recovery Support, Drop-In, Opioid Treatment programs-
Adult and Youth




Dr. Rhonda G. Patrick LCSW, MPA


Dr. Patrick is a social work educator, researcher, and practitioner, Licensed in Texas as a Clinical Social Worker. Dr. Patrick has over 30 years of clinical, administrative, and governmental social work practice experience. Her skills include providing high level consulting services for state agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, and non-profit agencies.  She is currently Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant of Blue Basin, Inc., a behavioral Health consulting firm, providing business consultation services to addiction organizations.  These services include new business start-up, strategic turn-around, corporate compliance, program design, implementation and evaluation, revenue development, and general business administration and management.

Dr. Patrick is an educator teaching graduate and undergraduate social work and addiction courses.  She is the owner and principal developer of BHC Training, a Web Based Learning Management Company with over 4,500 active students where the mission is about the educational and professional development of behavioral health professionals. Dr. Patrick is also the founder and director of a new career college, Institute for Addiction Education. The college focus is to train licensed chemical dependency counselors and provide certificate programs for a variety of specialties.

Dr. Patrick is an active researcher, who earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. Her research interests include: Impact of Local, State, and Federal Policy Changes on Addiction, Quality of Life and Substance Using Populations, Harm Reduction, Resiliency Theory and Recovery Capital in Young Adults with Substance Use Disorders, Social Work and Entrepreneurship-Blended Programming, Planning and Implementation of Online Education Degree Programs, Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education.


Alan T. Johnson

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Alan developed SafeClinch Training System, which is a crisis intervention program and has been training instructors at the Federal, State, and Local levels for over fifteen years. Alan possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University in Missouri and a Master's Degree in Management from Baker University in Kansas. He has work experience in the private and public industry dealing with juvenile and adult special needs populations. His experience is in security operations; investigations; and programs. Alan has held various management roles and has an extensive background in classroom instruction. He has instructed classes in the following areas: use of force, use of mechanical restraints, emergency procedures, verbal de-escalation skills, and CPR to name a few. Alan also spent five years with the Missouri Criminal Investigations Bureau, as a Special Agent.

Alan has been actively involved with the martial arts disciplines of judo and jujitsu for over 20 years; and holds advance black belt certifications. This martial arts experience, coupled with his professional work with juvenile and adult special needs populations, has given him the insight to recognize the necessity for staff personnel to have more tools at their disposal when dealing with hostile and aggressive clients.

Alan serves as an expert witness and will conduct a critical incident review for any agency using the SafeClinch verbal de-escalation and physical restraint system. Alan is considered an expert in unarmed use of force scenarios through his experience teaching defensive tactics and working with out of control clients.

Alan is the owner and head instructor of Northland Grappling in Kansas City, Missouri.



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