April 7, 2021: To address the needs of reopening schools and programs, we have begun in-person trainings in both verbal and physical skills on a very limited scale. The next in-person training is June 21-24, 2021 in Easton, PA.
Site updated: Apr 7, 2021
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After years of problems in schools and homes, many at-risk children and youth find themselves trapped in hostile settings, surrounded by unfriendly faces.
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.
Managing Adolescent Aggression
Therapeutic Aggression Control Techniques (TACT2) is a 3-day, trauma-sensitive staff training program in behavior management, crisis de-escalation, and physical intervention. Updated in May 2019 to include extensive information on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), TACT2 develops the skills to manage misbehaviors while enhancing relationships with troubled children and youth. Because of its comprehensive content, TACT2 is most often offered in group homes, residential treatment, shelters, and alternative schools which serve higher-risk youth.
Day 1 of TACT2 training teaches staff to distinguish between deliberate, purposeful aggression vs. true emotional crisis, delving into the psychological and neurological impact of childhood trauma and ACEs. Day 2 provides instruction in practical crisis management skills, such as behavioral correction, de-escalation, and active listening skills, as well as exploring self-care strategies for staff to minimize the effects of their own ACEs. Day 3 teaches safe and effective physical management techniques for handling immediately dangerous situations without further traumatizing youth.
Strengthening Foster Children and Youth
“Therapeutic Behavior Management for Foster Care” (TBM/FosterCare) is story-driven, 8-hour course designed for foster care providers and support staff (updated Jan 2018).
Part 1 of TBM/FosterCare helps foster parents separate deliberate misbehavior from true emotional crisis, while recognizing the destructive potential of anger power struggles. Part 2 offers strategies for managing deliberate misbehavior. Part 3 explores the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on foster children. Part 4 teaches specific de-escalation and listening strategies to calm emotional situations.
Helping Students in Public Elementary, Middle & High Schools
“Therapeutic Behavior Management for Schools” is a 6-hour course in crisis prevention/verbal intervention skills for teachers, administrators, and educational support staff. TBM for Schools has been designed in response to our nation's renewed focus on school safety, providing high quality, trauma-sensitive training with a minimal investment of time. There are separate versions for grades K-5 (TBM / Elementary, updated June 2019) and Grades 6-12 (TBM / HighSchool, updated May 2017).
Part 1 of each of the TBM/Schools courses begins by helping staff separate deliberate misbehavior from true emotional crisis. Part 2 offers skills for managing deliberate problems. Parts 3 & 4 share valuable knowledge and skills to understand and de-escalate emotional crises, including those driven by home-based trauma. TBM/Schools also offers an optional second day in basic physical holds and escorts for security staff.
Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
“Therapeutic Behavior Management for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities” (TBM/DD) is a 10-hour course that brings the most applicable skills and insights of TACT2 to settings serving adults and older youth with developmental disabilities. It was last updated in Dec 2018.
Part 1 of TBM/DD helps providers distinguish between deliberate issues and genuine emotional crisis, with a special focus on recognizing anger traps and remaining professional. Part 2 offers strategies for encouraging deliberate individuals to make better choices. Part 3 develops a deeper understanding of power struggles and escalating emotional crises. Part 4 teaches de-escalation strategies appropriate to this population. TBM/DD also offers an optional day of training in self-protection, holds, and full restraints, if needed.
What Your Colleagues Have Said
"This instruction was valuable, knowledgeable and helpful in terms of building relationships with students and keeping school environments safe. All sessions were engaging, fun and enlightening. Thank you so much!”
Reuben Jackson, Clinical Intervention Specialist
“Very surprised and impressed with both the verbal and physical pieces of the training and how very effective they were. [I] thought all of the trainers were very professional and knowledgeable of the materials and training tactics to make it not only fairly easy to learn but also interesting and enjoyable.”
Corey Holmes, Associate Director
Virginia Beach, VA
“This is the best crisis intervention model I have ever seen. The content is concise and easily delivered. Its practicality and trauma sensitivity are superior to all the other courses I have taken.”