2015 editions now available!

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

  • Fun, innovative and highly interactive life skills curriculum
  • Helping hard-to-reach adults and teens succeed
  • Teaching soft skills to employees in the workplace


Author and Trainer:
Rosilee Trotta, LCSW


Evaluation and Curriculum Support:
Roxanne Miller


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NEW! Two revised 2015 editions now available!

Two revised editions of this curriculum are now available for purchase. Both contain a CD containing addenda chapters of the book to make copying handouts easier.

Tackling the Tough Skills coverCB13, 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.

Tackling the Tough Skills for Teens cover

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
  • 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 more than 25 countries and territories.

Is Tackling the Tough Skills™ evidence-based?

Yes! Learn more

Train-the-trainer workshops

  • Rosilee Trotta, LCSW, author and educator, conducts on-site train-the-trainer workshops. She will design training sessions to meet unique training 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.


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