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Why Safety and Violence Education (SAVE) Training?

With continued downsizing of psychiatric hospitals, the need for community-based care of adults with serious mental illness is growing.  This growth is evident in the proliferation of case management, care management, forensic case monitoring, specialty courts, specialty probation and parole, and ACT and FACT programs.  Unfortunately, few individuals who provide community-based services have received formal training in how to effectively minimize the risk of workplace violence within their respective community settings.  Although incidents of serious violence against service providers are relatively rare, fallout from these events can have devastating consequences while further stigmatizing people with mental illness.

Consequences of workplace violence can include staff absenteeism, recruitment and retention problems, poor morale, and declining quality of care. Simply witnessing a violent event can be traumatic, and it can contribute to feelings of helplessness and unpredictability in the workplace.

Safety and Violence Education (SAVE) is specifically designed to provide effective violence prevention strategies for all mental health and criminal justice staff who serve adults with serious mental illness in community settings.  The SAVE program promotes safe practice by teaching staff to identify warning signs of impending violence, and to utilize proven methods for approaching high-risk individuals in community settings. Depending on your agency’s needs and interests, the SAVE curriculum can be delivered by our trainers on-site or through an interactive web-based training portal. 

Upon completion of the SAVE training curriculum, trainees should be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the need for safety training
  • Identify general risk factors for violence
  • Assess individual risk factors for violence
  • Utilize skills to prevent and to de-escalate crises
  • Implement safety precautions when providing services in the community
  • Conduct effective incident debriefings when violent incidents occur

Learn more about the SAVE training program and how your organization can gain essential knowledge and skills to minimize staff member risk of becoming a target of workplace violence.