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De-escalation Techniques: Protecting Yourself and Others

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Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW
1 Hour 03 Minutes
Dec 13, 2022
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When you work in any mental health setting, you know you are going to be working with people in some very difficult circumstances. Sometimes that means working with clients who can become violent and dangerous. In this session, you will discover how you can work through your fears, use preventative safety planning, and de-escalate tense situations to protect yourself and others.


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, became a licensed clinical social worker in 2002. He is the owner of Providence Consulting & Education, LLC, through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services. Additionally, Paul provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and other clinical services as part of a small practice. Paul has extensive experience in working with people in crisis and people living with substance use disorders, including adolescent residential treatment, community mental health settings, hospital emergency departments, Juvenile Court, and private practice.

Paul has been a PESI national presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes across the country on mental health emergencies, high-risk clients, resiliency, and a certification course for clinicians working with people with substance use disorders. His second book, The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders: Practical Tools for Assessment, Treatment & Recovery, PESI Publishing, was published in October 2022. Paul lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his beautiful wife, three sons, a cowardly dog, and two dwarf rabbits who are quietly plotting to destroy the world.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Brasler maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with LifeStance Health and Alchemy Wellness. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess for risk of client violence towards clinician or others. 
  2. Describe strategies to safety de-escalate and intervene during acute crisis and in situations where safety is a concern. 
  3. Analyze case studies to inform how clinicians can effectively carry out their duty to warn.


  • Dealing with our fears: Clinicians’ safety concerns 
  • Assessing for risk of violence to clinician or others  
  • De-escalation techniques and preventative planning 
  • Case studies - handle a violent client and duty to warn 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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