New Course: Restraint and Seclusion Overview (Essentials)


Girl isolated in a secluded classroom. In school settings, restraint and seclusion are meant to be used only with students who are so dangerously out of control that they are about to injure themselves or others. Restraint and seclusion should not be used as a punishment or consequence for “bad” behavior or when a student is non-compliant. Unfortunately, some school professionals don’t understand the proper use of restraint and seclusion.

In the new Restraint and Seclusion Overview Essentials Course, which is an abbreviated excerpt from our full-length course, we’ll provide school staff with basic information concerning the use of restraint and seclusion to deal with emergency situations in school-related settings. While students are learning to control their behavior, they may need occasional help to prevent them from harming other people or themselves.

In this course, we cover:

  • Appropriate uses of restraint and seclusion
  • Risks associated with these practices
  • Alternative approaches to controlling student behavior in emergencies

About the Author

Dr. Reece Peterson is an innovator in education and a leading advocate researching and endorsing alternatives to seclusion and restraint. He is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he teaches courses on various aspects of special education. Dr. Peterson is co-author of a book on multicultural issues in behavioral disorders, and has served as President and Governmental Relations Chair for the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.

Click here to preview the new Restraint and Seclusion Overview (Essentials) course.

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