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.
Stuart W. Twemlow, MD began his professional career as a High School
teacher in New Zealand, his country of birth, and teaching has been
a part of his life ever since. He is Professor of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences Menninger Department of Psychiatry Baylor
College of Medicine Houston, Texas.
Dr. Twemlow has wide experience in
psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social systems interventions. He has published numerous scientific articles, books,
and book chapters, including many on social and psychological aspects
of individual and community violence. He is the Editor-In Chief of The
of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies and sponsors and delivers lectures and
symposia on issues and applications in the field of Applied and Community
Psychoanalytic Studies for international audiences.
Besides directing the Peaceful Schools
and Communities project, he has engaged
in wide ranging consultation on conflict and peace to cities and
governments in the United States and Jamaica about creating healthy
communities and resolving labor disputes, including consulting to
the F.B.I. on school shootings.
He has an equally absorbing commitment to the martial and meditative
arts. He is ranked 7th Dan in the Okinawa Weapons system, and 6th Dan in
Okinawa and Hawaii Kenpo Karate, with a master teacher's license (Renshi).
He also holds a black belt rank in Shinko Kaiten Aikido (1st Dan) and Eagle
Claw Kung Fu (2nd level).
He is an exhibited Zen painter and long time student of Zen. He practices
these arts and instructs in a large school owned by his son,
W. Twemlow, in Topeka, KS.
Stephen W. Twemlow owns and operates a large dojo (school) of martial
arts and meditative arts in Topeka, KS. He has practiced martial arts since
childhood and it absorbs his professional and personal life. He holds the
rank of 6th Dan in Okinawa Weapons system, 5th Dan in Hawaii Kenpo, and
4th Dan in Okinawa Kenpo. Together with a master teacher's license of Renshi,
and Master Technician Kyoshi he is skilled in the grappling arts and works full time exploring the teaching
of traditional martial arts, the applications of martial arts to social
problems, especially in schools, and works with emotionally disturbed adults
and children, teaching martial arts techniques and concepts to help them
cope. He has also instructed these ideas in regular clinics at CF Menninger
Memorial Hospital inpatient adolescent unit, and receives referrals from
the mental health community.
Kyoshi Twemlow is also an Adjunct instructor at Washburn University in
Topeka, KS with regular classes in women and men's self defense.