Tackling the Tough Skills

Want to help hard-to-reach adults or teens succeed in work and life? Check this out!

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 that helps hard-to-reach adults or teens prepare for success in work and life. It's also being used to teach soft skills to employees in the workplace.

For more info:

Rosilee Trotta, LCSW


Roxanne Miller


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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.) 




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. 




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 25 countries and territories.

Is Tackling the Tough Skills™ evidence-based?

Yes! Learn more

Interested in train-the-trainer opportunities?

  • Author Rosilee Trotta, LCSW, conducts on-site train-the-trainer workshops. She will design training sessions to meet unique training needs of your organization.
  • What are the requirements? Arrange for at least 10 individuals to be trained. And buy a curriculum for use by each participant in the training.
  • You can arrange for participants to use either the Revised Edition or the Teen Edition in the same training session. Or you may schedule separate training sessions using each book separately.

For more information

Rosilee Trotta, 314-567-5391, TrottaR@missouri.edu
Roxanne Miller, 636-346-4137, roxanne@tacklingthetoughskills.com

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