1. WHAT DOES THE TACT2 PROGRAM TEACH? The TACT2 verbal program focuses upon:
(1) Understanding 2 different types of aggression. (2) Understanding 5 sources of staff anger during crisis. (3) Using 3 basic counseling skills to de-escalate emotional problems. (4) Using 3 behavior mananagement skills to handle deliberate problems. (For additional details, visit the TACT2 Contents page.)
The TACT-2 physical program focuses upon:
(1) Understanding when to and when NOT to intervene physically. (2) How to protect yourself (using minimum force) if attacked. (3) How to remove a youth from an unsafe area, using teamwork and minimum force. (4) How to restrain a dangerously unsafe youth, using teamwork and minimum force. (For additional details, visit the TACT2 Physical page.)
2. HOW LONG IS THE TACT2 BASIC PROGRAM? The TACT2 program is very structured, but allows plenty of room for personalizing as well. There are up to 20 hours of instruction, with stories and activities, role plays and guided group discussions. Twelve (12) of these hours involve verbal skills, and 4-8 hours involve physical skills, depending upon the needs of your agency.
3. HOW MUCH DOES IMPLEMENTATION COST? Once instructors are trained, the only cost is the consumable student workbook, which runs from $5-$7 depending on how many you buy. Instructors are required to attend an annual recertification, which costs $175/person, including annually updated materials. (Annual staff recertifications for staff are conducted by your own trainers using annually updated reproducible materials included in the cost of trainer recertification.)
4. HOW MANY STAFF CAN WE TRAIN AT ONCE? There's a lot of interaction going on during the class. Groups should be big enough to encourage a good mix, but small enough to be sure everyone has a chance to get involved. The ideal size for verbal skills training is 10-15, but groups as small as 6 or as large as 18 or more could work. Because of the need for careful supervision, physical training requires a ratio of 1 trainer: 10 staff for self-protection techniques, and 1 trainer: 6 staff for escorts and restraints. Staff are certified when they complete the training and pass both written and physical tests of skills.
5. DO YOU REQUIRE STAFF TO BE RECERTIFIED? To maintain their certification in TACT2, staff must complete a 6-hour Staff Refresher course at least once per year. This includes a minimum of 3 hours of verbal instruction, and 3 hours of physical instruction. The reproducible Staff Refresher booklet is included in Trainer's Manual, so there's no additional cost for this.
... about TACT2 Training of Trainers
1. WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE TO BECOME A TRAINER? You do NOT have to be an athlete or an accomplished public speaker to be a good trainer. The best TACT-2 trainers are experienced staff who are comfortable in front of their peers, have good listening and teaching skills, and are reasonably physically fit. If you have mobility limitations or unhealed back/shoulder injuries, consider training as an instructor in the VERBAL program only.
2. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TRAINING OF TRAINERS? There's a maximum of 18 participants per group, so the training is VERY interactive. On the first two days, you'll master the verbal components of the program. You'll observe and interact while your master trainer teaches the first few lessons, then team up and deliver some of the other lessons to your peers. You'll get personalized assistance in preparing, and helpful feedback afterwards to enhance your training skills.
On the third and fourth days, you'll do the same thing with the physical skills. On day 3, the master trainer will teach all the physical techniques: self-protection, escorts, and restraints. Then on day 4, you'll team up and lead instruction in the same techniques, mastering not just content, but procedure as well.
We'll close with instruction on monitoring safety during interventions, then have a discussion of implementation issues. By the time we're done, you'll have experienced the TACT2 program FIRSTHAND from beginning to end, and gotten individualized coaching on how best to deliver it. You'll leave with all the skills and materials you need to begin training your staff back home right away.
3. HOW MUCH DOES THE TRAINING OF TRAINERS COST? For verbal only or for TBM: 2 days for $595/trainer, including all materials listed below. Verbal trainers must recertify annually at a cost of $125/person to receive updated materials. For the full (verbal + physical) program: 4 days for $895/trainer, including all materials. Full trainers are required to recertify annually at a cost of $175/person, which includes annually updated materials. Current TACT2 Trainers may cross-train in any version of TBM for $125/person, including a new trainer manual, workbook, and CD.
4. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF TRAINING? The registration fee includes 4 days of instruction in verbal and physical techniques PLUS materials (200-page scripted trainer's manual, PowerPoint CD, starter set of 10 student workbooks, and dozens of warm-up activities and supplements, including a reproducible Staff Refresher booklet. You'll also get quarterly newletters, access to the Trainer's Only page on the website, and unlimited email support in the first year.
A light breakfast is sometimes included, but not meals or lodging.
5. WHAT IF WE DON'T WANT TO TRAVEL? WILL YOU COME TO US? Yes! With a minimum of 10 trainers, we will bring the training to your school or program, saving you time and travel costs.
OPTION 1: Attend a regional 4-day Training of Trainers, held several times per year in various locations around the country. The fee is $895/person, including all materials. Annual 1-day Trainer recertification is required to maintain current status ($175/person annually). See the Train the Trainer page for more information.Training is conducted by Dr. Steve Parese.
OPTION 2: Contract for an onsite 4-day Training of Trainers to certify up to 24 of your staff. The fee is the same $895/person (minimum 10), including all materials, plus reasonable travel expenses. Training is conducted by Dr. Steve Parese or certified Master Trainer.
OPTION 3: Contract for a onsite 3-day Basic Staff Training with a co-Trainer option, allowing up to 4 of your senior staff to certified as trainers in the process. Requires a 4th day for Trainers. The fee is just $6,000 for the 3-day Basic Training for up to 16 staff, including all materials, PLUS $895 each for Trainers (min 2, max 4), plus reasonable travel expenses. Training is conducted by Dr. Steve Parese or certified Master Trainer.
... about Staff Training in TBM
1. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TBM & TACT2?
First, TBM is shorter than TACT2. TBM is a 1-day verbal intervention program, with an optional half-day of physical training in holds and escorts for security staff. It is intended for agencies that wish to respond to a growing concern for safety by providing theoretically sound, highly practical crisis management training for their staff, but in the shortest time frame possible. TACT2 requires 3 full days: two for verbal, and one more for physical. TACT2 is intended for agencies needing a more thorough crisis intervention curriculum which is complete enough to gain state approval as a restraint training program.
Second, TBM is intended for settings in which the majority of students are NOT special-needs, though they may certainly experience stressful issues. Each fo the TBM programs contains examples and exercises are specific to its population: Elementary Schools, High Schools, Foster Care, and centers serving individuals with DD. TACT2 is designed for a variety of settings such as group homes, residential treatment centers, alternative schools, shelters, etc. where virtually all of the youth have emotional and/or behavioral issues, and staff normally have more experience dealing with behavioral health issues.
2. HOW DOES OUR SCHOOL GET TRAINED IN TBM? There are several ways to get TBM training:
1. Contract with us for an onsite workshop for your staff. Dr. Parese (or one of his most experienced Senior Trainers) will deliver the content in a dynamic and highly interactive fashion, drawing from his years as a classroom teacher, counselor, and trainer. In a single day, we can comfortably train up to 50 staff in verbal skills (10-18 security staff in physical skills in 4 hours on a second day). Email SBParese@aol.com for details.
2. Certify your TBM instructors at a regional training of trainers. To become certified as TBM verbal instructors, they must enroll in a two day TBM instructor training (which presently runs concurrently with the first two days of the TACT2 training of trainers). If you need physical techniques as well, instructors must attend the first 3 days of the training of trainers. Mouse over the "Register Now" tab to view our scheduled TBM trainings for this year.
3. Certify TBM instructors at your location. If you'll need at least 10 TBM instructors for your district, it may be more cost effective to contract for an onsite training of trainers. Email SBParese@aol.com for a proposal.
4. Certify your existing TACT2 trainers as TBM instructors. If you have current a TACT2 Trainer on staff, s/he may cross-train in any of the TBM versions during the annual recertification. The one-time cost is $150/person for the 1-hour orientation, including a new trainer manual, workbook, and CD.
3. IF WE GET OUR OWN INSTRUCTORS, HOW MUCH DOES IMPLEMENTATION COST? Once TBM instructors are certified, the only cost is the consumable workbook, which runs from $4-5 each depending on how many you buy. TBM instructors who are certified in both verbal and physical skills are required to attend an annual 1-day recertification, which costs $175/person. This includes an annually updated, reproducible Staff Refresher booklet, brief test, and accompanying PowerPoint CD.
4. DO STAFF HAVE TO BE RECERTIFIED IN TBM?
TBM Physcial Instructors are required to recertify annually, as are staff who are trained to do physical interventions. For verbal staff, an annual 2-hour refresher is highly recommended.
Dr. Steve Parese • SBP Consulting, Inc. • SBParese@aol.com
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