The traditional post-contest chemistry magic show, presented by UCFV staff and students, was well received by the participants and their guests.
Additional details, including photographs, can be found on the UCFV chemistry department Web site, www.ucfv.bc.ca/chemistry/.
UCFV, with main campuses in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, has approximately 6,000 full- and part-time students who are mostly local residents, and nearly 800 faculty and staff members.
While UCFV administrators and senior staff tried their best, incidents of conflict continued and the volatility of these incidents seemed to escalate.
As a newcomer to UCFV in the fall of 1998, it was immediately evident to the author that staff lacked the skills and resources to deal effectively with escalating behavior.
As an educational environment fostering a culture of nurture and care for its students, UCFV had to deliver a program consistent with this philosophy.
Also appealing to UCFV was that CPI had passed the test of time and had flourished in various settings.
While the longer program suits many healthcare and correctional environments (to name just two), the author chose the one-day program for UCFV staff, because there is no expectation that staff will lay hands on a student during a confrontation; in fact, that sort of behavior is strongly discouraged except purely in self-defense (more on this later).