SafeClinch Training System​

​"Verbal De-escalation and Therapeutic Holds"

SafeClinch Seat Belt System

New Seat Belt System Certification

This is a new certification program for end users, based on the Seat Belt System used in the SafeClinch Program.  This is typically a four hour course.  If interested in this program; please send us an email.

Alan Johnson has written two new books.  You can buy both these books on

1) "Verbal De-escalation for Person in Positions of Authority"
2) "Physical Safety and Intervention Techniques"     

There is also a new instructor option for verbal de-escalation; please visit for more information. 


We recommend that all staff authorized to use immobilization techniques be trained on the risks of positional asphyxiation and the relationship with prone restraint methods.  Anytime you physically restrict a person’s movement there is a risk of injury. 

 Although, the SafeClinch Training System does authorize a prone hold for immediate containment purposes; staff are instructed on other physical alternatives as well.   These alternatives include: escorts, body positioning, standing holds, seated holds, supine holds, and team immobilization.  The SafeClinch program does not just rely on one hold to be effective.  So, even if your organization does not allow for prone containment holds the SafeClinch program would continue to benefit your organization.  

Your staff need to be properly trained in verbal de-escalation techniques, so they can intervene early on in the escalation process.  Once the client reaches an escalated state of mind, it is harder to verbally de-escalate that person.  The SafeClinch Program  emphasizes building a rapport with clients, to help with verbal de-escalation efforts.


 The SafeClinch Program requires re-certification of instructors for safety reasons.   We also mandate that the staff member discontinues the use of any hold when the hold is no longer necessary.  If the client is no longer resisting and/or struggling than the hold should be discontinued immediately.  Signs of distress cannot be ignored during a physical intervention. 

The SafeClinch Program is designed in a way that is easy for staff to understand and retain for long periods of time.  The techniques in the program do not rely on pain compliance; instead the techniques are effective by utilizing positioning and leverage to immobilize the client.  All the techniques should be performed while keeping as much body weight off the client as possible.

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