Therapeutic Aggression Control Techniques (TACT2) Comprehensive Crisis Intervention Training for Staff
“Therapeutic Aggression Control Techniques” (TACT2) is a 3-day (18 hours) comprehensive verbal and physical intervention program for agencies serving high risk children, youth, and young adults. Since its inception in 1994, TACT2 has been used with over 30,000 staff in residential treatment, group homes, alternative schools, shelters, foster care, and many other settings. TACT2 has been updated in 2016 to address the most common behavioral and emotional issues facing today's highest-risk youth.
According to 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data, there are more than 55 million school-age children (age 5-17) in the U.S. While the majority of these children may live in healthy homes and neighborhoods, a disconcerting number do not. More than 22% percent of all children (including 38% of Black and 34% of Hispanic children) live in poverty-stricken households. Over 530,000 children are in foster care. More than 1.2 million U.S. kids drop out of school each year. Despite abstinence campaigns, the percentage of children and youth who are sexually active by age 14 continues to rise, along with use of alcohol and illegal drugs, exposure to crime and violence, and homelessness.
Many of these at-risk children and youth find themselves removed from their homes and schools, and exiled to alternative schools, residential treatment centers, wilderness programs, group homes, and juvenile correctional facilities. Staff of these agencies are often poorly prepared to deal with the multitude of emotional and behavioral problems these children and youth present. Statistics show that as many as 65-75% of juvenile offenders have one or more psychiatric disorders, though most juvenile facilities do not have the resources to serve them.
TACT2 Table of Contents
DAY ONE: CRISIS PREVENTION During the first day of training, staff learn: 1. How to utilize a therapeutic decision making model in crisis. 2. How to use four cues to distinguish between deliberate misbehavior and true emotional crisis. 3. How to prevent deliberate misbehaviors with reasonable rules and prosocial options. 4. How to appreciate the impact of childhood trauma, and identify trauma-related behavior of both externalizers and internalizers. 5. How to recognize when we as staff are engaging in angry power struggles, and withdraw from them without completely losing face. 6. How to prevent emotional crises by recognizing early warning signs and responding proactively.
DAY TWO: CRISIS MANAGEMENT During the second day of training, staff learn: 1. How to manage students who are in genuine emotional crisis. a. How to give space (without giving up) when a youth is highly escalated. b. How to actively listen to allow an upset youth to begin venting. c. How to guide a youth through steps of problem solving.
2. How to manage students who are deliberately misbehaving. a. How subtly remind youth to correct a minor misbehavior. b. How to fairly warn of upcoming consequences to encourage better decisions. c. How to firmly address misbehavior with reasonable consequences without power struggles.
DAY THREE: PHYSICAL INTERVENTION During the third day of training, staff learn: 1. How to identify situations which legitimately justify physical intervention -- and those that do not. 2. How to protect themselves from assaults (including grabs, chokes, headlocks, hair pulls, and bites, if needed) without harming youth. 3. How to use standing holds (including bear hug holds, cradle holds, and double arm bar holds) to prevent youth from assaulting others or harming themselves. 4. How to work with another trained staff to escort an agitated youth to a safe area. 5. How to work with another trained staff to calmly and safely restrain a dangerously out of control youth using seated and supine (face up) team restraints.
“TACT-2 is one of the best programs I’ve witnessed. The verbal content was clear and direct. The physical portion proved to be effective when the verbal fails to calm the youth. I truly enjoyed this training!” Clint Perkins, Family Consultant Atlanta, GA
“I found the training to be very stimulating. I especially liked the attention and time spent on understanding behavior and de-escalation techniques employed. Steve was very approachable and took the time to answer any additional questions. I will definitely recommend this training to my facility.” William Bratt, Home Leader-QI Beatrice, NE
“Dr. Steve (and company) provided an excellently structured, energetic and enjoyable training. I have been to far too many other trainings that were grueling and unorganized. I will look to re-certify as soon as needed, and become more involved with TACT-2 because of my experiences this week.” Scott Pollock, Special Education Teacher Baltimore, MD
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Dr. Steve Parese • SBP Consulting, Inc. • SBParese@aol.com
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