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Training Trainers in Crisis Management

Why is the Studio 3 programme different?


Staff training in physical interventions is an area in which research is at best crude (Allen, 2002). There have been extensive debates worldwide about the safety of specific intervention techniques such as prone restraint holds (Norwood, Ciccone, Kennedy, Faucher Moy, Allrich and Naiditch, 2011) and even a call to officially ban the teaching of such holds (McDonnell, 2007).


In the UK, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities has developed an accreditation system with a Code of Practice (BILD, 2002) in an attempt to regulate training standards within the industry. Our training programmes at Studio 3 do not focus on teaching physical interventions as part of our staff training. We believe in low arousal approaches to behaviours which challenge, and train our trainers to de-escalate crisis situations rather than to physically restrain vulnerable people. 


Individuals who are trained as trainers are role models for our work. We believe that our In-House training trainers programme sets the highest quality assurance and training standards.

Download our training trainers scheme to find out how Studio 3's approach to training trainers differs from other organisations to produce high-quality trainers and confident educators. 

“Too often people claim a hierarchical response to their training and staff are taught methods such as prone (face down) and supine (face up) holds. The message is in this situation ‘only use ethos as a last resort’.  Studio 3: We draw a line in the sand and never teach such methods. Our philosophy is that ‘less is more.'”

Course Structure

Studio 3's train the trainer course is made up of 3x5-day blocks (15 days total) covering the following topics: 

  • Level 1 - Understanding Low Arousal

  • Level 2 - Basic self-protection principles

  • Level 3 - The Last Resort: Restraint reduction and Studio 3 restraint methods

The course has been newly modularised in order to allow trainers to participate in one or more levels of training depending on need.

Train Trainer participants touch earlobes 2018

Studio 3 Charter of Trainers

Studio 3 actively supports the development of high quality trainers, therefore we set high standards and have high expectations of all trainers. The following Charter is given to all qualified trainers in our approach as a minimum set of  international standards.

  1. All trainers operate within a Human Rights framework (UN Conventions).

  2. Trainers are required to evaluate their training and monitor its impact.

  3. Trainers attend professional development training.

  4. Trainers are subject to unannounced audits of their teaching practice.

  5. Trainers will not teach methods which have not been approved by Studio 3 Training Systems.

  6. Trainers support the abolition of prone and supine restraint holds.

  7. Trainers must demonstrate ‘out of classroom’ teaching time as part of their practice.

  8. Trainers do not support the use of aversive interventions.

  9. Trainers support the adoption of low arousal approaches to managing behaviours.

  10. Trainers are expected to operate within a clear ethical framework.

  11. Trainers are expected to encourage and support the reduction of all restrictive practices in their organisations.

  12. Trainers respect the diversity of the people they support and support anti discriminatory practices.

  13. Trainers will teach Studio 3 methods of physical intervention in ‘non matted’ areas that reflect the working environment where methods are applied.

  14. Trainers are expected to coach staff ‘on the ground’ as a matter of best practice.

  15. Trainers have a responsibility to monitor the implementation of Studio 3 approaches.

All our courses are BILD accredited. For more information please contact our office. 

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