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Box 11-1 Ten Tips For Crisis Prevention 1. Be Empathic Try not to be judgmental of your client’s feelings. They are real—even if not based on reality—and must be attended to. 2. Clarify Messages Listen to what is really being said. Ask reflective questions, and use both silence and restatement. 3. Respect Personal Space Stand at least 1 ½ to 3 feet from the acting-out person. Encroaching on personal space tends to arouse and escalate an individual. 4. Be Aware of Body Position Standing eye to eye, toe to toe with the client sends a challenge message. Standing one leg length away and at an angle off to the side is less likely to escalate the individual. 5. Permit Verbal Venting When Possible Allow the individual to release as much energy as possible by venting verbally. If this cannot be allowed, state directives and reasonable limits during lulls in the venting process.
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Unformatted text preview: 6. Set and Enforce Reasonable Limits If the individual becomes belligerent, defensive or disruptive, state limits and directives clearly and concisely. 7. Avoid Overreacting. Remain calm, rational and professional. How you, the staff person, respond will directly affect the individual. 8. Use Physical Techniques as a Last Resort. Use the least restrictive method of intervention possible. Employing physical techniques on an individual who is only acting out verbally can escalate the situation. 9. Ignore Challenge Questions. When the client challenges your position, training, policy, etc…, redirect the individual’s attention to the issue at hand. Answering these questions often fuels a power struggle. 10. Keep your Nonverbal Cues Nonthreatening. Be aware of your body language, movement, and tone of voice. The more an individual loses control the less he listens to your actual words. More attention is paid to your nonverbal cues....
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