Avoidance and De Escalation Techniques in Custody: 8hours. Some inmates have learned to employ intimidation or the threat of violence to achieve their goals. In a custody environment such behaviors could escalate quickly putting the lives of staff and inmates at risk. This course reviews the role brain development, the autonomic nervous system, and the central nervous system play in the escalation and de-escalation of potentially violent behavior. Impulse control” maladaptive behaviors are also addressed along with a review of the “escalation” cycle. The program concludes by offering avoidance and de-escalation techniques for staff to assist the agitated inmate de-escalate without employing heightened external measures.