Free de-escalation training offered in September

Greene County employees, direct staff providers, and all community members who wish to participate are offered free C3 de-escalation training. De-escalation can be used to improve staff skills, increase self-management of the general public, and promote calm in what could turn into a dangerous confrontation.

Participants will develop skills that decrease stress in a situation, decrease negative outcomes and improve safety for the participant and the general public.  The training focuses on dealing with a person whose stress or anger is causing him or her to “lose it,” which is essentially a brain disconnect of the portions of the brain that handle self-restraint, reason and consequences.

The training is being offered at no charge by Central Iowa Community Service and Greene County.

The training takes six hours split into two 3-hour segments. Part 1 will be taught Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 9  am to 12 pm and from 1 to 4 pm. Part 2 will be taught Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9 am to 12 pm and from 1 to 4 pm. Participants must attend one segment of each of the two parts to receive a certificate of completion.

The training sessions will be held at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Persons who want more information or to register can contact Greene County coordinator of disability services Ellen Ritter at

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