Tackling the Tough Skills: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life

Tackling the Tough Skills™ is a fun, innovative and highly interactive life skills curriculum developed and published by University of Missouri Extension to help hard-to-reach adults and teens succeed. Educators also are using this resource to teach soft skills to employees in the workplace. The curriculum is being used internationally to improve the lives of adults and teens worldwide.


Tackling the Tough Skills Author/Trainer:
Rosilee Trotta, LCSW
St. Louis, Missouri


Two editions available!

This curriculum is available for purchase in two versions for use with adults and teens. Both contain a CD containing addenda chapters of the book to make copying handouts easier for educators..

CB13, Adult Edition (Third Edition, 2015)

  • Appropriate for adults or older teens
  • Contains mix of adult and teen scenarios
  • Instructors may choose content and activities for use with either age group
  • Updated version of 2008 edition
  • Both curriculum and Addenda CD included
  • Note: If you can only purchase one version and want to be able to use it with both adults and teens, we suggest this one.

CB22, Teen Edition (Second Edition, 2015)

  • For use with teens only (suggested minimum age: middle school students) 
  • Same basic content and activities as Adult Edition
  • Scenarios and content pertain to teen situations only
  • Updated version of 2011 edition
  • Both curriculum and Addenda CD included


About the curriculum

Soft skills aren't "fluff." They are life skills many take for granted, yet are critical when a person doesn't have them. Like: Attitude. Responsibility. Communication. Problem solving. Preparing for the workplace.

Tackling the Tough Skills was originally designed to help adults transition from welfare to work in the St. Louis area. Yet it has appealed to educators and program leaders working with adults and teens across the United States and internationally. To date, the curriculum has been purchased by organizations and individuals from all 50 states and numerous countries and territories.

Is Tackling the Tough Skills™ evidence-based?

Yes! Learn more

Train-the-trainer workshops

  • Rosilee Trotta, LCSW, Tackling the Tough Skillsauthor and trainer, conducts on-site train-the-trainer workshops. She will design training sessions to meet unique needs of your organization.
  • Requirements: Arrange for at least 10 individuals to be trained. Buy a curriculum for each participant to use in the training.
  • Arrange for participants to use the Adult/Older Teen (CB13) or Teen (CB22) edition in the same training session. Or schedule separate training sessions using each book separately.


Rosilee Trotta, LCSW, Tackling the Tough Skills Author and Trainer, St. Louis, Missouri, 314-567-5957, TrottaR@missouri.edu