Tackling the Tough Skills


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Tackling the Tough Skills: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life (Revised Edition) was developed by University of Missouri Extension to help hard-to-reach adults or teens prepare for success in work and life. The curriculum is also used in the workplace to teach employees soft skills.


Two versions of this curriculum are available for purchase. Both contain a CD containing Addenda chapters of the book to make copying handouts easier.

Tackling the Tough Skills coverCB13, Revised Edition (2008)

The book contains content appropriate for adults or teens. It is an updated edition of the original version published in 2000.
(Note: If you can only purchase one version and want to be able to use it with both adults and teens, we suggest it be this one.)
Order CB13, Revised Edition curriculum



Tackling the Tough Skills for Teens cover

CB22, Teen Edition (2011)

This newest edition is intended for use with teens only. It includes the same basic content and activities as the Revised Edition. However, the scenarios and content have been modified to pertain to teen situations.
Order CB 22, Teen edition curriculum



Curricula features

  • Teaches critical thinking skills through reflection, discussion, small group work, and role playing
  • 247 humorously illustrated pages — includes 93 pages that may be copied for overheads and handouts
  • Easy-to-use 3-ring binder
  • Adaptable to a wide range of participants — used with teen and adult audiences worldwide
  • Flexible format lets you select a chapter, an activity, or use the whole book
  • Creative and fun content includes dozens of original activities that make learning fun, yet challenging

About the author and trainer

As both the author of Tackling the Tough Skills and the program trainer, Rosilee Trotta brings a kaleidoscope of life experiences to any training she leads. Life changed for Rosilee when she became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador at age 18. Hooked on the euphoria of learning from other people and their wisdom, Rosilee continued her own schooling in inner-city hospitals, day-care centers, housing projects and social service agencies, as well as in an Eskimo village above the Arctic Circle. Along the way, she picked up degrees in nursing, psychology, sociology, and social work, ending with a master's in social work and becoming a licensed clinical social worker.

As urban youth and family specialist for University of Missouri Extension from 1992 to 2010, Rosilee was primarily involved in workforce development, offender re-entry programs, and offering training and educational insights into her curriculum. She taught workshops on parenting, diversity, conflict resolution, leadership, and anything relevant to families, youth and the workplace. In addition, Rosilee has served on a variety of boards dedicated to helping adults and children realize their potential. Retiring effective May 1, 2010, Rosilee continues her work with University of Missouri Extension as a workforce development consultant and trainer of the Tackling the Tough Skills curriculum.


Chris Sharp of St. Charles, Missouri, illustrated the curriculum.