July 20, 2020:  To address the needs of reopening schools and programs, we have begun in-person trainings on a very limited scale, and ONLY in the verbal components of TACT2 and TBM.  Please CLICK HERE for dates and locations.


However, we do have online versions of the TACT2 initial training for staff, as well as the 2.5-hour annual re-certifications for TACT2, TBM/Schools, and TBM/FosterCare.   Contact Dr. Steve Parese by email or visit for more details.



Site updated: Apr 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update to 2020 Training calendar

Approved contract trainers listed at bottom of this page

After years of problems in schools and homes, many at-risk children and youth find themselves trapped in hostile settings, surrounded by unfriendly faces. 

Group homes                 

Foster placements

Emergency shelters  

Alternative schools

Wilderness camps     

Treatment centers
Community programs    

Adolescent Units

Public charter schools

Places like these are often flooded with children and youth who struggle with childhood trauma, conduct disorders, and mental health issues. Some act out destructively, while others shut down or melt down under stress. Most have learned that adults are untrustworthy, and find ways to reject us before we can reject them. 

The best response to hurt and angry youth is NOT harsher punishment or more restrictive settings. While all children benefit from structure and clear expectations, rules must be enforced in the context of relationships. These challenging youth desperately need meaningful connections with trauma-informed adults, people who are trained to understand their struggles, set reasonable limits, and respond therapeutically to their behaviors.

Be at your best when kids are at their worst.

Whether you need a single day of training in verbal de-escalation for foster parents, or a comprehensive multi-day training in verbal and physical interventions for alternative school staff, we have a competency-based program to meet your needs. 


TACT2 Contract Trainers

High quality local training.  A limited number of experienced, certified TACT2 instructors have been approved as contract trainers to deliver staff TACT2 / TBM  training outside of their own agencies. Each of these individuals has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge, competence, and skill as practitioner and trainer.  Direct staff training may be arranged with any of these individuals by contracting with them directly, or through Dr. Parese at

Dr. Christopher Wolfel
Colonial Intermediate Unit #20
Easton, PA

TACT2 Master Trainer, active since 2004

Approved for TACT2 & TBM/Schools 
exp 8/31/2020

John Mark Toomey

Matthew Clement
OmniCare Institute
Nashville, TN
TACT2 Master Trainers, active since 2015
Approved for TACT2 , TBM /FosterCare
exp 8/31/2020

Marit Westrich
Sioux City, IA

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2006 
Approved for TACT2 & TBM/Schools
exp 9/30/2020

Staci Mease

Orchard Place

Des Moines, IA

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2006 

Approved for TACT2 & TBM/Schools

exp 9/30/2020

Lynn Elliot

A2Z StrategiesBaltimore, MD

TACT2 Trainer, active since 1999 

Approved for TACT2 & TBM/Schools

exp 8/31/2020


Robert R. Hagans, III
Open Hands, Inc.,

Washington, DC;  Bowie, MD; New York, NY

TACT2 Senior Trainer , active since 2015                           

Approved for TACT2, TBM/Foster, TBM/Schools  

exp 8/31/2020


Everett Richardson
E.W. Stokes PCS    Washington, DC

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2006

Approved for TACT2 & TBM Elementary 

exp 8/31/2020

Teresa Lyons
Health Recovery Services

Athens, OH

TACT2 Master Trainer, active since 2004

Approved for TACT2, TBM/Foster, TBM/DD 

exp 8/31/2020

Patrick Crawford
Crawford Consulting   Cheverly, MD

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2003 

Approved for TACT2 and TBM  

exp 8/31/2020

NOTE: These are the ONLY individuals approved to conduct contract training in TACT2 or TBM outside their agencies.  Contract training conducted by ANYONE else is unauthorized; any staff trained under such conditions are NOT considered TACT2 or TBM certified.  Please notify Dr. Steve Parese ( if your organization has been offered unauthorized training. We will gladly take steps to address the situation and assure that your staff are properly trained and certified.


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