Physical management involves the use of manual restraint techniques, used to defuse heated confrontations, when psychological management fails or is not possible. Individuals in personal and professional situations where escalating violence and crises are possible can also learn about critical thinking and conflict resolution techniques in these programs.


State law outlines the permissible uses of physical management, and training courses teach students how to use management techniques in emergencies, only after all other measures of defusing a situation have failed. Physical management techniques can be beneficial to professional fields, including social workers, at-risk schoolteachers and elderly care and health care workers.


Physical management training courses provide participants with instruction on the interventions used in crisis and physical aggression situations. Physical management programs address topics such as crisis prevention and intervention, physical management techniques, documenting incidents and data analysis.

Types of Intervention

Individuals can take a course in nonviolent crisis intervention, offered at various locations throughout the United States. This type of course is one to four days in length and topics include early intervention and physical intervention principles. Other programs focus specifically on the restraint techniques used in physical management, including one-arm body wraps, floor restraints and capture wraps.

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