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Workshop for Parents, Teachers and Advocates on Restraint and Seclusion Prevention

October 7, 2011

Here is a very reasonably priced pre-conference workshop that parents and others can attend, that will show them ways in which the use of restraints and seclusion can be prevented. It is aimed at schools, but I am sure there will be plenty of valuable information for anyone interested in learning the facts about the use of restraint and seclusion and much safer alternatives. The conference, sponsored by TASH, is entitled NO EXCUSES.


Parents and School Personnel Working Together

to Prevent and Eliminate the Use of Restraint and Seclusion

2011 TASH Conference

Pre-Conference Workshop

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Atlanta, Georgia

Parents and school personnel can be strong allies in ensuring school is a safe and pleasant learning environment for everyone. Unsettling news has surfaced in recent years about the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in classrooms around the United States. These practices have resulted in trauma, injury and even death of children as young as five years old. This day-long workshop will help parents, advocates and teachers understand how to work together to prevent and eliminate the dangerous and traumatizing practices of restraint and seclusion.  Participants will leave with the knowledge, handouts, and information kits that will allow them to serve as trainers to other parents and teachers in their home states.

Registration details

This pre-conference workshop is $85 for TASH members, and $100 for non-members. You can register through the TASH online store by visiting  and selecting the session for “Keeping Schoolchildren Safe from Restraint and Seclusion” from the available sessions.

You can also register using the 2011 TASH Conference registration form, available at . You may e-mail the attached form to, fax it to (202) 540-9019 or call us at (202) 540-9020 to register over the phone.

For questions, please e-mail or call (202) 540-9020

Here is further description and a link on how to register:
This pre-conference training will give parents, and the teachers, advocates, and other allies who support them, an intensive grounding in the strategies, legal requirements, and evidence base that they can invoke to prevent the use of restraint, seclusion, and other aversive methods in our schools. Researchers from the mental health system will present a powerful new body of research on “trauma-informed care” and discuss its implications for the protection of students and the choice of safe, humane interventions.
It’s great to see that school personnel are being trained on the evidence against the dangers of restraints. Hopefully, in my opinion, that will also make them more likely to believe children whose parents who are employing restraint practices on their children at home, when the children report/complain about this at school and less likely to cooperate with parents who are employing these methods.
This workshop will likely contain information that supports my criticisms of private mental health professionals who are still advocating that parents use prone restraint with their children at home and provide some positive alternatives that will make their use unnecessary.
PS: I do not make any profit nor derive any income whatsoever from this workshop or conference. I say this because I have repeatedly been falsely accused of “shilling” whenever I suggest any positive alternatives to the methods I criticize. Observe the attempt to double bind. If I don’t suggest positive alternatives, I am slammed for only criticizing and not suggesting anything positive, but if I do suggest something positive, I am accused of shilling. I point this out here to call the anonymous cyber smear campaigners out on their attempt to manipulate others by presenting it in such a way that I am damned if I do and damned if I don’t — it’s called a double bind, not a restraint, but a classic tool of propaganda and manipulation. Don’t fall for it.
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