Dr. Sacco began his professional career working at the University of
Massachusetts in the late Sixties in a drop-in center dealing with runaways,
transient addicts, and psychedelic emergencies. This work led Dr. Sacco
into Massachusetts deinstitutionalization of state-operated facilities for
delinquents, chronically mentally ill, and the mentally deficient. This
early experience set the foundation for a life's commitment to working in
the community with the toughest families without residential or secure back-up.
Dr. Sacco is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and has a Ph. D.
in Psychology from the Humanistic Psychology Institute. Currently,
he is the President of Community Services Institute, a private licensed
mental health clinic serving multiple-problem families referred
by the state for child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Dr. Sacco pioneered the use of home-based interventions with hard-to-reach,
often violent and resistant families. He has published over a dozen papers
and books chapters on family therapy and community violence. He has been
a program developer in the USA as well as in Jamaica. He specializes in
violence reduction at home, in the school, and at the workplace. He is an
experienced mediator, presenter and expert witness in cases of protective
services and violence. He has consulted with the FBI on school shootings.
Dr. Sacco is a Second Degree Black Belt in Han-Pul Martial arts and is active
in developing special applications of traditional martial arts to
violent adolescents, bully prevention, self protection, and other
personal safety training.
He has Written and Directed 3 other videos: PERSONAL SAFETY FOR
WOMAN (Grant from the Continental Cable Endowment), GET HOME ALIVE:
COMMON SENSE AND PEPPER SPRAY, and PREVENTING TEEN SEXUAL HARASSMENT.