Trainer Spotlight: Chrys Herring

Q: How long have you been an Ukeru trainer?

A: I have been a Ukeru Trainer since 2021, when our company decided to add it to our tool box of interventions.

Q: What population do you work with? What inspired you to get into this field? 

A: I currently work mostly with students with Autism but have worked with a variety of individuals with different needs of assistance. I have always known that I would work with children. I started volunteering to help with special needs kids even when I was in elementary school.

Q: What part of Ukeru do you enjoy teaching the most and why?  

A: I enjoy the trauma informed part of the training. I feel that it can help caregivers understand why some behaviors occur and how to be empathetic when dealing with problematic behaviors.

Q: What would you say to someone who is unsure about using Ukeru? 

A: I would tell them to trust the process. Over time and with patience the program will help substantially drop physical restraints and injuries that inevitably occur in those situations. Also it allows the individual to maintain dignity and respect without fear of being re-traumatized by the caregivers. 

Q: What advice or tip would you give to a new Ukeru trainer? 

A: My advice to new trainers would be to give yourself some grace. It is okay if you do not remember everything within the book. Make sure that the trainees understand that safety is first, last, and everything in between. Try to be engaging and allow yourself to have fun also. Also, know that it takes time for some to buy into the program, but be confident that they will eventually see the difference.

Q: How has Ukeru impacted your life? 

A: I was severely injured in 2021 during a restraint and Ukeru allowed me to understand that there are many other methods to de-escalate a person. I have literally done probably 98 percent less restraints since 2021.

Q: What is your favorite quote or a motto that you like to live by? 

A: There are a few phrases that anyone who knows me will say I live by. One is DTIP which is don’t take it personal. The other one is “Make it happen”. No matter what the situation, do your best to get the best possible outcome.

Q: What three words would you use to describe Ukeru?

A: Provides safe environments.