CALM - Crisis, Aggression, Limitation and Management
The established Physical Intervention Instructors programme allows user agencies to deliver the CALM Module 2 physical intervention curriculum in house. Additionally, CALM Module 1 theoretical programmes can be taught in house by staff completing the Associates programme. Associates will be supplied with a comprehensive sector specific training pack to enable the development of customised in house training programmes.
In our view "one size fits all", packaged training programmes delivered on a cascade model are not always effective. In house trainers are often expected to deliver a "script" developed by a training provider. Where the content of the programme is problematic, or the programme fails to meet the reality of participant needs, the credibility of the trainers and the training programme can be compromised.
A key aim of the CALM Associate scheme is to ensure that in house trainers develop a familiarity with the available research evidence on aggression management. This promotes an in depth knowledge of key practice issues, which enables Associate trainers to respond knowledgeably and sensitively to the concerns of course participants. This approach also enables flexible delivery of the CALM Module 1 Theory course to suit in house training requirements. Associates may then deliver training courses which meet the needs of specific agencies which are delivered with confidence and clarity. Consequently the Associate scheme programme involves direct teaching, presentation skills, reading of key research papers and formal assessment via a substantial written portfolio of work.