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  • What is Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)?

    Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI: NVCI) is a non-violent crisis prevention program with a focus on proactive responses and de-escalation. Our core training program equips staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, defensive, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage and using physical intervention as a last resort.

    Who can participate in CPI: NVCI?

    Detroit Public Schools Community District has certified trainers of Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Training is provided to our School-based crisis teams that have been identified by the building principal and all ESE staff. Staff that participate in the training will be provided with the skills to safely recognize and respond to everyday crisis situations. The training complies with all current legislation and is fully accredited so that staff can earn continuing education credits.

    • Prevention & verbal de-escalation skills
    • Disengagement safety techniques
    • Risk assessment framework
    • Physical intervention techniques.

    For more information about CPI/NVCI please contact Dr. Adrima Caesar at


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Office of Exceptional Student Education

  • Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) provides students with exceptional needs with the support, interventions, and enrichment activities needed to flourish. The Office of Exceptional Student Education encompasses all learners outside of the typical learning environment and those that may require differing learning styles in order to meet their full potential. The ESE department is comprised of Section 504 students, students with, or suspected of having, a disability, and Gifted and Talented Education (GATE). We work to ensure students have access to and the opportunity to participate in the varied opportunities DPSCD provides.

    This access to instructional and other support services will result in every student maximizing their potential to successfully participate in school, work, and community life.

    Our Programs:

    • Resource
    • Mild Cognitive Impairments
    • Moderate Cognitive Impairments
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Day Treatment
    • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
    • Emotional Impairment
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Visual Impairments
    • Post-Secondary - Work Skills
    • Post-Secondary - Transition
    • Physical and Other Health Impairments
    • Early Childhood Developmental Disorder
    • Severe Cognitive Impairments
    • Severe Multiple Impairments

    Our Services:

    • Speech & Language Pathology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Orientation & Mobility
    • School Social Work
    • Instructional support: ranging from specialized classes to resource teachers supporting students in general education classrooms, DPSCD strives to educate all students first in a general education setting
    • Behavior and counseling support
    • Assistance with physical mobility and fine motor skills
    • Speech services
    • Accommodations and modifications
    • Transition and work skills to help students pursue post-secondary and work opportunities

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