As part of the professional development services that we can provide to schools and school districts, we offer training in the Menta Method®: Procedures for Crisis Prevention, De-Escalation, and Intervention.
The Menta Method® provides educators with an effective continuum of responses to student behavior. As illustrated below, the emphasis of the model is on prevention, with most adult effort focused on responses and strategies that prevent the occurrence or escalation of student problem behavior. The Menta Method® is built on a foundation of positive behavioral supports and interventions that, coupled with an emphasis on adult management of the learning environment, serves to prevent most crises before they begin. While the Menta Method® emphasizes the use of preventative procedures, it also provides the educator with de-escalation and intervention tools should the situation warrant this level of response. In addition, the model identifies the two staff behaviors critical at every level of the continuum: the positive reinforcement of appropriate student behavior and the maintenance of emotional self-control on the part of staff members.
As part of The Menta Method® training program, adults are trained in strategies to prevent a crisis situation, to effectively intervene in and de-escalate a crisis situation, to safely use research based de-escalation techniques to resolve a crisis situation, to properly document incidents, and to gather and analyze data to measure progress toward student and programmatic goals. The goal of training is to provide not only the tools, but also the confidence that comes from being able to use the tools proficiently and effectively. This level of confidence increases the likelihood that crisis situations can be handled calmly and safely.