The role of a school is part educator, part protector and part parent.  Unlike parents who generally care for two or three children, schools assume the roles of protector, nurturer and educator for 10 or 20 students at a time in class and thousands of students school and district-wide.  Schools are entrusted with the responsibility of serving the needs of 50 million k-12 students attending over 130,000 schools.

In order to make schools work, it is essential that teachers and educational staff be given the tools necessary to create a safe environment that is conducive to learning, effective instruction and the proper administration of the school.

Handle With Care has been providing training for school staff on how to manage student populations from pre-k-12 since 1985.

Most violent incidents occurring at school are not directed at teachers or staff.  According to statistics, 4 out of 5 violent incidents involve ONLY students.

Some additional statistics:

  • There are approximately 1 million violent crimes in schools annually.
  • 5-7% of grade 9-12 students do not attend school or a school event because they are afraid.
  • 25% of public schools report daily and weekly bullying incidents
  • Special education students consist of about 14% of the total student population and it is projected that this group will soon represent 25% of the student population
  • Special education students while representing 14% of the total student population committed (according to studies) approximately 40% of all threatening incidents at school.

In 2001, Handle With Care was chosen by New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) as the behavior management training program that best met the needs expressed during teacher focus groups.  Prior to deciding on Handle With Care, NYSUT hired a consultant to help search for behavior management and restraint training programs that would meet the needs of members and conform to state standards.   In feedback from the NYSUT training participants stated,

“[HWC] makes you feel a lot more equipped to handle a situation. . . .More and more, we see kids use violence to stop problems.  This training is very helpful to be proactive.”

HWC interventions are based on extensive research including over ten years of research and development and provides real world solutions for the prevention and reduction of challenging behavior.

Handle With Care training complies with all Federal and State laws and regulations including ADA, IDEA, 504, HHS Departmental Appeals Board Decisions, CMS regulations, the U.S. Constitution and Supreme and Circuit Court Decisions.

HWC offers two training options:

On-Site Training

An HWC trainer can go to your facility and provide training for your staff.

Seminar Training

Your organization can send staff to one HWC’s seminars.

For more information contact us: Tel: 845-255-4031; E-mail:

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"Handle with Care is a system that I strongly believe in. If it were up to me, it would be in every acute psychiatric facility in California."
Susan Smith