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It is not the strongest that survive, but those who can adapt.

It is not the strongest that survive, but those who can adapt.

It is not the strongest that survive, but those who can adapt.It is not the strongest that survive, but those who can adapt.

About Us

Welcome

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.

Meet our Founder and Lead Instructor

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

Hosting Options

Our training courses are available as a flat-rate or per-seat hosting option.  For more information about our no-risk hosting options, contact thom@theadaptiveway.com

Training Courses/Consulting Services

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The Adaptive FTO Pro-Dev

 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.

The Adaptive Supervisor

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.

Emotional Intelligence for the Telecommunicator

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 tele-communicator 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 tele-communicator with techniques to develop a personal strategy to combat stress, reduce burn-out, re-ignite their "why" and increase their emotional intelligence competencies. 

Supervising the FTO Program

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 Program

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. 

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Field Training and Evaluation Program (San Jose)

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.

In-service Training

Looking for in-service training for your FTOs or Sergeants?  We will work with your Training Coordinator to provide agency specific training.

Consulting and Expert Witness Services

Consulting and Expert Witness services are available. Contact Thom@theadaptiveway or call 847-379-1244 for more information.

Event Calendar

03/16-20/2020

FTEP (San Jose Model)

8am - 4pm

MTTU IV, East Moline, IL

Event Details

03/16-20/2020

FTEP (San Jose Model)

To register: https://mttuiv.org/

8am - 4pm

MTTU IV, East Moline, IL

03/17/2020

EQ for Dispatchers

1pm - 2pm

https://justiceclearinghouse.com/webinar/eq-for-dispatchers/

Event Details

03/17/2020

EQ for Dispatchers

A free live webinar hosted by JusticeClearinghouse. To register https://justiceclearinghouse.com/webinar/eq-for-dispatchers/

1pm - 2pm

https://justiceclearinghouse.com/webinar/eq-for-dispatchers/

03/30-31/2020

The Adaptive FTO (Pro-Dev)

8am - 5pm

Clearbrook (MN) Police Department

Event Details

03/30-31/2020

8am - 5pm

Clearbrook (MN) Police Department

04/06-07/2020

The Adaptive FTO (PRO-DEV)

8am - 5pm

Georgia Tech Police Department

Event Details

04/06-07/2020

8am - 5pm

Georgia Tech Police Department

04/08/2020

The Adaptive Supervisor

8am - 5pm

Georgia Tech Police Department

Event Details

04/08/2020

8am - 5pm

Georgia Tech Police Department

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