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JKM Training, Inc.

The Safe Crisis Management ® training programme was initially developed in 1982 by Norbert Belanger and Joseph K. Mullen.

Mullen worked for the Loysville Youth Development Center, a delinquent youth facility, where he became familiar with surface behaviour-management techniques and helped develop non-physical intervention methods to manage acting-out behaviour.

Belanger worked at a facility for developmentally disabled individuals - he was responsible for the first version of the physical technology.

Their partnership was short lived, however, because of Belanger's health.

Mullen continued to develop material and refine concepts, focusing, in particular on developing the theory base and non-physical aspects of the curriculum.

Mullen drew from his own experience with Drs. Howard Polsky, Nicholas Long and Albert Trieshman to develop the non-physical curriculum.

During the 1990's, there became a higher demand for the programme. To cope with this demand, the company added staff resources.

Charley Cheek, MS, a skilled and enthusiastic Safe Crisis Management trainer became the first training associate of the company.

This was soon followed by the second training associate, Steve Laidacker, Ed.D. who was experienced in both residential care and alternative schools in Pennsylvania.

Later, Jerome Flint, MS who was also experienced in residential care and adult education joined the team.

These three associates have evolved to become full-time, senior instructors for the company. In addition, JKM Training, Inc. has enlisted the skills of numerous other training associates who work on a subcontracting basis. 

In 1996, Joe Mullen Jr. joined the company, assuming the position of Director of Operations, and provided a capacity for marketing and advertising which resulted in significant expansion.

Presently, JKM Training, Inc. provides training on a regular basis to schools and social-service agencies throughout the United States and internationally.

The curriculum is congruent with CWLA Best Practice Guidelines.

Kibble Education and Care Centre, Paisley

Kibble work with some of the most troubled young people in the UK. Young persons come to the organisation with a history of placement breakdown, domestic/sexual abuse, police involvement, problems in local communities and failure to attend education.

Kibble exists to provide a stable, purposeful, safe and happy environment for young people in trouble.

It aims to be a place where:-

  • Pupils and staff live and work together in a spirit of trust, mutual respect and co-operation.
  • By investing in people and setting high standards of work and behaviour; individuals and teams develop their full potential in learning, changing and growing.


Kibble aims to be at the forefront of effective and innovative services for young people in trouble.


Kibble will conduct its activities with dedication, integrity and honesty. All goals will be reached ethically and morally. It recognises its place in the wider community and obligation to be a good neighbour. 

Kibble adopted the Safe Crisis Management ® Programme in 2004
Safe Crisis Management ® (SCM) focuses on: -

  • Empowerment and challenge
  • De-escalation skills
  • Managing challenging behaviour and meeting the needs of young people
  • Ownership of training programme
  • Management commitment to best practice
  •  Creating a positive culture and ethos

SCM Europe was established as a separate training provider in 2006 as part of the Bild accreditation process. SCM Europe delivers training to Kibble Education and Care Centre, Curo Salus, Common Thread Group and Sacro among other organisations

The training programme focuses on meeting the needs of service users and aims to reduce the use of restrictive holds and duration of physical assists. By ensuring that proactive organisational strategies and skills are embedded in everyday practice. Primary and secondary interventions are the core of SCM’s mission. All physical techniques are medically reviewed and pronounced safe when applied properly. Staff members are trained to use the Least Restrictive Alternative and to physically intervene only when the young person is at risk of harming himself/others. All physical interventions are recorded and monitored and support is given to the staff and young people after incidents.

SCM Europe is accredited by Bild and sanctioned by JKM Training, Inc. to provide Safe Crisis Management ® Training Programmes and Training of Trainers' Programmes.