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Restraint Free World provides educational resources including presentations, articles and reports related to restraint and seclusion treatment practices within the mental health community.

If you would like a relevant educational resource featured in this section, please contact Director Howard Trachtman via email at for consideration.


information icon Peer Debriefing and Elimination of Restraint and Seclusion in In-Patient and Crisis Settings and Implications for Systemic Change (PPTx)
Howard D. Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP
Holly Dixon, LCSW
information icon Peers Contributing to Rapid Change: In and Out of the Hospital (PPT)
Gayle Bluebird, RN
information icon Working Together to Reduce Seclusion and Restraint in Schools and Youth Facilities (PPT)
Howard D. Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP
Curt Decker (National Disability Rights Network)
Leslie Morrison (Disability Rights California)
information icon Developing a Shared Vision: Transforming a Maximum Security Setting from Control to Collaboration (PPT)
Joan Gillece, PhD
Howard D. Trachtman, BS, CPS, CPRP
Holly Dixon, LCSW


information icon Summary Report: A National Call to Action: Elimating the Use of Seclusion and Restraint (PDF)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
information icon Task Force Report: Seclusion and Restraints (PDF)
National Alliance on Mental Illness
information icon Investigation of Restraint Device Use in Iowa's County Jails (PDF)
William P. Angrick II (Iowa Citizen's Guide)
information icon Comfort Rooms (HTML)
NYS Office of Mental Health
information icon Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint in Behavioral Health Care (PDF)
Larke Huang, PhD
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