The Adaptive Way's mission is to assist Criminal Justice professionals with how they deal with uncertainty. Uncertainty slows down decision-making, innovation and creates stress.
Our research-based training programs provide actionable strategies for lawful and ethical decision-making, sensemaking, critical thinking and managing stress both in and out of the workplace.
Have a look at our training courses and reach out if you have questions or to host a training at your agency or training facility.
Thank you again for time and we look forward to serving you.
Thom Dworak is a retired Sergeant (31 years) from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator and the Lead Defensive Tactics/Use of Force Instructor. Thom’s knowledge of experiential learning, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creative problem solving and decision making has shaped our programs for the challenging and ever-changing environment the Criminal Justice professional find themselves in daily.
Thom facilitates training throughout the country in Field Training, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and is a core instructor for Below 100. He holds the position of adjunct faculty at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of Du Page providing instruction to recruits in defensive tactics and scenario-based training. Thom is a court recognized expert in police practices and use of force. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an annual ILEETA conference presenter and the Instructor Development Section Editor for the ILEETA Journal. Follow Thom on Twitter @dworakt
The Adaptive FTO is a researched-based course that teaches FTOs (and through FTOs’ efforts, the trainee) how to become adaptive, agile decision makers. Attendees will work with a decision-making model that is flexible, universal, and legally sound. Our Adaptive Feedback Model nurtures the probationary officer’s creativity and critical thinking skills. The FTOs will work with emotional intelligence tools to identify emotional trigger points and enhance the probationary officer’s communication and social skills. The Adaptive FTO creates a durable framework for learning with our cognitive coaching philosophy for training the future of your organization.
This engaging course assists the supervisor and their officers in 21st Century skills development. The Adaptive Supervisor introduces the 5 pillars of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the law enforcement supervisory core competencies encompassed in EQ. Attendees will work with a legal and ethical decision-making model and how to conduct post incident after-action reviews. The attendees will be introduced to a generational proof feedback method to assist in developing the newest and next generation of law enforcement officers. This course will provide techniques to assist the Supervisor not only in their daily activities but also in their overall professional development.
Tele-communicators are the lifeline of any law enforcement agency. Due to their unique position, they are inundated with constant stress, often without an effective way to release it. The accumulation of stress can lead to burn-out, apathy, increased sick-time or at its peak the on-set of PTSD. The question is how to provide a coping strategy for the telecommunicator to effectively negate the effects of stress?
The answer is with Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence has been shown to reduce stress, allows for better decision-making and provides for a more motivated employee. Research shows that top performers display a high-level emotional intelligence, are more empathetic and less susceptible to an amygdala hijacking.
This workshop provides the telecommunicator with techniques to develop a personal strategy to combat stress, reduce burn-out, re-ignite their "why" and increase their emotional intelligence competencies.
This course will assist agencies in the development and management of their FTO program. Attendees will discuss the duties of a field training manager; selection and retention of the FTO; accountability with under performing FTO's; legal/liability concerns and reviewing the Daily Observation Reports. Attendees look into their organizational future with a discussion on Generational Leadership and the recommendations on the Field Training process made by the Task Force for 21st Century Policing.
The Adaptive FTO is a researched-based course that teaches FTOs (and through FTOs’ efforts, the trainee) how to become adaptive, agile decision makers. Attendees will work with a decision-making model that is flexible, universal, and legally sound. Students will also examine a feedback method that nurtures the probationary officer’s creativity and critical thinking skills. The FTOs will work with emotional intelligence tools to identify emotional trigger points and enhance the probationary officer’s communication and social skills. The Adaptive FTO creates a durable framework for learning with our cognitive coaching philosophy for training the future of your organization. The Adaptive FTO program develops and measures the skills necessary for the trainee to be successful in the complex law enforcement environment.
The law enforcement environment can often be described as one that is a non-linear, open-loop
system, that happens at light-speed. One where time can be either friend or foe. Operating in
this environment creates stress which affects decision-making. Within this time compressed
environment officers often feel they need to act because they are there, rather than allowing
the circumstances of the call determine the urgency to act.
The question is how to provide a strategy for officer's to effectively control the stress response
and to make lawful and ethical decisions? The answer is two-fold: with 1) Emotional Intelligence
and 2) The Adaptive Decision-Making Model.
Emotional Intelligence deals with the self-awareness and self-regulation of emotions, empathy,
motivation and social skills. Being aware of what an officer's trigger points are and being able
to hit the pause button when something or someone pushes their button. It's understanding
someone's else's point of view, being able to communicate effectively and engage in effective
negotiations with others.
Research show that people with a high level of Emotional Intelligence make better decisions, are
move motivated, display a higher level of empathetic understanding and are less susceptible to
an amygdala hijacking.
The Adaptive Decision-Making Model addresses lawful and ethical decision-making. The
model's foundation is 4th Amendment Search and Seizure law. It asks "Does the officer have
the lawful authority to act or search or arrest?" Then examines the urgency to take an action, or
what threshold of "governmental intrusion" will be acceptable to accomplish the lawful objective?
This engaging workshop provides the attendees with strategies increase their emotional
intelligence competencies and develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills.
This five-day, 40-hour training program is practical, informational and hands-on. The purpose of the course is to provide law enforcement with the knowledge and skills required to train probationary law enforcement officers in a one-to-one setting. Diverse instructional methods will be employed to provide a student-centered learning environment. Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will be certified as Field Training Officers.
Looking for in-service training for your FTOs, First-line Supervisors, or Telecommunicators? We will work with your Training Coordinator to provide in-person or on-line agency-specific training.
Consulting and Expert Witness services are available. Contact Thom@theadaptiveway or call 847-379-1244 for more information.