In the wake of school tragedies and the growing concern about creating safe environments for children, teachers, parents, and school personnel, this resource provides practical techniques and guidelines for de-escalating aggression with insight and finesse rather than with force. Andra Medea, an
instructor in conflict management and nationally recognized expert, developed the Virtual Tranquilizer, a set of non-contact de-escalation techniques used by psychiatric staff, school administrators, and even court personnel. In this readily accessible book, she explains how to manage aggression
from tantrums to mental health issues using anecdotes, research-informed techniques, and, at times, humor. Readers will find the concrete tools they need to create a positive climate in which they recognize signs of building aggression and use practical techniques to head it off: demonstrating that
the best way to handle violence is to keep it from happening in the first place.
1. Adrenaline Overload
2. Adrenaline Overload and Learning
3. Body Language
4. Escalation and De-escalation
5. Grades K-2: The Safe Foundation
6. Grades 3-6: Insights and Intervention
7. Middle School: Fighting
Health: When to Get Outside Help
10. Newtown and Beyond
Postscript: Moving Forward
Aggression and Violence Prevention Resources for Teachers
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Andra Medea, M.A., grew up in a volatile neighborhood in Chicago and co-authored her first book on violence prevention at the age of 18.
Andra developed the Virtual Tranquilizer de-escalation technique, which has been adapted for the National Guard, the American Bar Association,
substance abuse counselors and judges. The technique is the basis for her latest book, Safe Within These Walls: De-escalating School Situations Before They Become Crises. With Zak Mucha, LCSW, she adapted the Virtual Tranquilizer for use with potentially violent clients with psychosis.
Andra has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.