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September 16 to September 23, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm
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Participants must attend both sessions September 16th and September 23rd from 9am-12pm

C3 De-esclation

Taught in two parts

September 16th 9 am-12 pm and September 23rd 9 am-12 pm

C3 De-escalation® targets a breakdown in the brain. Stress or anger– i.e., “losing it”– causes a physical to short-circuit. Brain sections that handle self-restraint, reason and consequences essentially disconnect. This can result in outbursts of aggression, agitation, or reckless behavior. We’ve all experienced this to some degree. However, someone with mental health or addiction issues is more vulnerable, often with worse consequences. C3 provides three groups of techniques to help the brain calm down and stabilize:

Calm: Stress chemicals trigger the short-circuit. C3 provides ways to lower the stress chemicals, giving circuits a chance to re-connect.

Circuit: Since parts of the brain disconnect, C3 provides ways to cue disconnected parts and jump-start the circuit.

Connection: Typically, there’s a “lead time” before the actual explosion. If we notice the signs and intervene wisely, we can stop the explosion before it happens. C3 shows how to connect the dots: spot the pattern, head off the eruption.


  1. Prevent mental health crises
  2. Decrease police calls or ER visits
  3. Improve safety for clients, staff and others
  4. Decrease stress
  5. Decrease negative outcomes such as jail time or broken relationships

Location: Charles E, Lakin Human Services Campus, 705 N 16th St,  Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Cost:  This training is offered at no cost to participants.

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Cancellation Policy

It is our goal to provide trainings as scheduled. If a training is cancelled for any reason the region will attempt to email registered participants as well as post the change on the trainings page of the region website.

The region is committed to providing quality training experiences. When a registered participant does not attend it often prevents another participant from having the opportunity. Please call us at 712-328- 5645 by 12:00 pm the day prior to the training if needed to cancel a registration. If the training is on a Monday please contact us by 12 pm on Friday. If the aforementioned notice is not given you will be charged a minimum of $25.00 (this includes trainings with no registration fee).

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Lakin Foundation Building, 705 N. 16th Street Council Bluffs, IA 51501
705 N 16th St.
Council Bluffs, IA

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