End Seclusion Podcast

Restraining Restraint: Using Civil Litigation Against Aversive Harm

December 06, 2020 The Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint Season 1 Episode 20
End Seclusion Podcast
Restraining Restraint: Using Civil Litigation Against Aversive Harm
Show Notes

Join us for a special interview with Ron Garrison. Ron will discuss how to use civil litigation against the use of restraint and seclusion.

Beyond alternative dispute resolution and due process complaints, litigation proceedings against school district officials can become an injunctive alternative when harmful restrictive forms of restraint and seclusion are used against students. Employing the tool of civil litigation, injured parties use discovery and the rule of law to uncover harmful policies and practices that might not be possible through other means. However, litigation is often a lengthy, difficult and costly process. In this streaming event by an expert witness in school safety, learn how litigation can become a path to eradicate harmful aversive practices in your school.

Ron Garrison, M.A., M.S., is a former public school teacher, school safety consultant and expert witness in civil litigation. As an expert witness, he has participated in eighty-five court proceedings; many involving special education students. Because Mr. Garrison is not an attorney, he cannot comment on individual cases but he can explain his courtroom experiences and assist participants with their understanding of civil litigation.

During Ron’s diverse professional career, he taught public high school, was director of student services for a school district, trained teachers and school administrators in safety, classroom supervision, conflict resolution and violence prevention in thirty-eight states and Canada, worked with the United States Departments of Justice and Education as a school safety advisor, trained police and school security, consulted with jail and prison medical staff in seven states, testified as an expert witness in eighty-five litigation matters, introduced teachers and school administrators to resilient-based student interventions, created a law academy and advocated restorative justice programs.