In 2017 and 2018, TACT trainings were provided at four North Carolina prisons: 51 trainings for 729 staff from all levels and departments. Evaluations for the trainings were 97% Excellent or Very Good and, for the instructor, 100% Excellent or Very Good.
When the New Jersey Department of Corrections training academy learned about the experience of the Philadelphia Prison System with TACT training, they requested to sit-in on one of the trainings. They sent two of their staff trainers to one of the TACT trainings and in their evaluation of the training recommended TACT be incorporated in the training of all new NJ DOC recruits.
Philadelphia Prison System (5 prisons with over 7,000 inmates)
From 1996-2002 – 70% of all staff experienced Teambuilding Attitude Conflict Transformation, Effective Supervisor Skills or Anger Management trainings with 97% evaluating the training as Excellent or Very Good and 82% reported continuing to use the skills learned with co-workers and 84% with family/friends 6-months after training.
I was asked to provide Teambuilding Attitude Conflict Transformation [TACT] training to the staff of the Philadelphia Prison System. I requested as much diversity as possible, so staff from all five prisons, at all levels from CO to Wardens and from all departments were assigned to each training. After providing weekly trainings for two years, I was asked to provide follow-up trainings on anger and later on effective supervisor skills.
Evaluation results from Teambuilding Attitude Conflict Transformation (TACT) Training at Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio.
Thank you for helping us change the culture here. It is the best investment of resources that we have ever made.
Life transforming. I will carry this training for the rest of my career.
The most informative, enjoyable, attention keeping class I have attended.
Makes me a better supervisor. Put my staff first instead of last.
I’ve shared more in the past 2 days with co-workers than I have in the past 16 years.
This type of training needs to be included in basic training and all annual refresher training.
I am constantly amazed at the transformation our staff experiences during your training sessions. There is actually a paradigm shift from the rigidity and inflexibility ingrained in Corrections, to the understanding and acceptance of the value of community and teamwork.
Mr. Shuford was excellent. He made an excellent course into a phenomenal course by his style of teaching, setting the tone, setting the ground rules and expectations for participants. The instructional activities added another dimension.