CIT Training

What is CIT?


Paton’s CIT Pin presented from NAMI South Carolina

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) programs are local initiatives designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crises. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. To learn more about CIT Training, the NAMI CIT Training page and the CIT International website are excellent resources.

N.I.C.E. Workshop

Paton CIT Training

Paton speaking at a local Crisis Intervention Team Training session.

Paton’s multi-step training workshop is based on his own experience with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and the law. The workshop trains law enforcement and others about CIT Pause tactics while also educating about mental illness from a consumer’s perspective. The N.I.C.E Workshop specializes on how to deescalate situations involving people with mental illness, by providing real-life examples, role play, videos, and audio recordings of Paton’s own episodes and personal experience with law enforcement. This workshop is perfect for first responders, law enforcement and safety teams.

1. NEVER undermine the delusion or the person

  • Allow the person to feel as if they are the ones in control
  • Agree whenever possible and make person feel important
  • Be patient

2. IGNORE personal verbal attacks and threats as much as possible

  • Lack of worked up response calms the situation
  • I am testing your loyalty to me
  • Hopefully you can help me avoid costly charges and injuries

3. CONNECT on a personal/local level

  • It’s harder for me to believe the delusion of you having malicious intent when you grew up with my neighbor
  • Spiritually
  • Find something off subject that interest me

4. EXTEND friendship, kindness and compassion

  • Its hard to reject kindness
  • Imagine this is your mother, sister or best friend
  • Hopefully avoid injury to yourself or the mentally ill person


6 Pillars of Recovery Workshop

Paton has developed a successful recovery system over many years. He emphasizes the holistic approach of integrating peer support, therapy, medication, diet, advocacy, and spiritual processes that are paramount to finding peace and recovery in the midst of turmoil.

Paton is organic and reactive during his workshop presentations and will tailor each to fit the needs of an organization. Additionally, Paton has often combined his workshops together or is able to add scenario role play with the audience.