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The METO Settlement

Self Advocates: What Kind of Training Should Staff Have?

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Brian Jensen: We train staff on how to... deal with stressful situations, how to... empower themselves to become advocates themselves, rather than not always have to look for someone else to fill that role. They should know the... how to react if I go off, how to respond to crisis interventions, situations, if it happens, crisis intervention, have a protocol for that, you know, in place.

Roberta Blomster: They should be learning a lot more in the area of positive behaviors and knowing what these other options are instead of going to the... restraints all the time.

Brian Jensen: They need to know your background. They need to know... if you've been a threat at... if you've been a risk, if you've caused problems at other places.

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