MAPA - 5 Days - Emergency Holding Skills (inc Seclusion & Rapid Tranq)



To provide participants with the knowledge and skills for coping with actual and potential aggression.


NB: This course will be based on MAPA principles which WHSCT has now signed up to.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss philosophy which underpins Management of Actual & Potential Aggression (MAPA)
  • Identify behaviour that indicates an escalation towards aggressive and violent behaviour and take appropriate measures to avoid, decelerate, and/or deescalate crisis situations
  • Assess the level of risk associated with crisis behaviour and make appropriate decisions related to management of such risks
  • Explain the importance of providing person centred pro-active services
  • Demonstrate the use of suitable and acceptable disengagement skills appropriate to the situation
  • Demonstrate the use of suitable and acceptable holding skills in the management of the person in the:
    • seated and standing position
    • descent to kneeling or seated on the floor
    • prone or supine position on the floor
    • use of holding skills in higher level situations such as Rapid Tranquilisation and  Seclusion
  • Identify the impact of crisis events and describe post crisis response which can be used for person and organisational support and learning.
  • Discuss the use of a Positive Behavioural Support plan (PBS).


Any staff at risk of violence or aggression in their workplace.

Maximum 12 per session


5 day course includes combination of theory, groupwork and practical techniques

Please Note

When deciding what programme is suitable for your staff requirements, MAPA courses of 2 days or more duration are based on interventions requiring 2 or more staff to implement.


If you have a medical condition which may affect your ability to engage in practical workshops, such as existing back injury then you should seek advice from your occupational health service and/or line manager before attending the course.


Inform trainers of any medical condition you may have at the beginning of the programme. Participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows free movement, and footwear with a flat sole or low heel (as might be reasonably expected within the working environment) in order to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.



Please note you will be informed in advance if there is a direct cost to you or your organisation for your attendance at this programme.

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