Our program was born when Kurk Lalemand developed the first Non-Abusive Physical Intervention (NAPI) program in the country in 1977. Though revolutionary for its time, Lalemand’s team soon recognized that “reactive” physical techniques alone were insufficient to keep people safe—preventing the incident, through verbal de-escalation training, must be the goal. This passion for prevention brought a strong psychological component to the program and resulted in its new name: Non-Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention, or NAPPI.
Kurk Lalemand, NAPPI's Founder
With a keen understanding of human behavior, Lalemand developed crisis prevention methods that focus on the antecedent behaviors that lead to violent outbursts, and he explored means for defusing situations before they erupt into crises. The program has since undergone over 35 years of extensive field testing by people working in real-world settings. This has enabled Lalemand and his team to fine-tune each of NAPPI’s training modules to reflect the high standards our clients have come to expect.
Fast forward to today. NAPPI’s integrated framework of practical tools has helped thousands of professionals bring about positive cultural change within their organizations. Our “practitioner’s toolbox” contains state-of-the-art techniques to assess, manage, defuse and intervene during the most stressful situations you can face daily.
Kurk Lalemand’s groundbreaking philosophy and approach to behavior management remain at the core of NAPPI’s impact and success.