COVID-19  UPDATE

October 14, 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.  The next in-person training is November 18-19, 2020 in Hershey, PA.

 

In addition, we have an online version of the 12-hour 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 TACT2.teachable.com for more details.

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COVID-19 Update to 2020 Training calendar

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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. 

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.

TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAINING

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.

 

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 SBParese@aol.com.

Dr. Christopher Wolfel
Colonial Intermediate Unit #20
Easton, PA
CBWolfel@rcn.com

TACT2 Master Trainer, active since 2004

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



John Mark Toomey

Matthew Clement
OmniCare Institute
Nashville, TN

jtoomey@omnicareinstitute.com

mclement@omnicareinstitute.com
TACT2 Master Trainers, active since 2015
Approved for TACT2 , TBM /FosterCare
exp 8/31/2020



Marit Westrich
Independent
Sioux City, IA 
MMWestrich@gmail.com

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

Staci Mease

Orchard Place

Des Moines, IA 

smease@orchardplace.org

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2006 

Approved for TACT2 & TBM/Schools

exp 9/30/2020

Lynn Elliot

A2Z StrategiesBaltimore, MD 

lelliot@a2zstrategies.com

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
RobertRHagans3@gmail.com

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
everettr@ewstokes.org

TACT2 Senior Trainer, active since 2006

Approved for TACT2 & TBM Elementary 

exp 8/31/2020

Teresa Lyons
Health Recovery Services

Athens, OH 
TLyons@hrs.org

TACT2 Master Trainer, active since 2004

Approved for TACT2, TBM/Foster, TBM/DD 

exp 8/31/2020

Patrick Crawford
Crawford Consulting   Cheverly, MD 
plkcrawford@yahoo.com

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 (SBParese@aol.com) 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.

TESTIMONIALS

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

Largo, MD

“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.”

Chris Moynihan, Director of Clinical Services & Training

Nashville, TN

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