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Stars Training Academy

Stars Training Academy Staff From left to right: TIP Master Trainers: Dr. Marc Fagan and Coral Huntsman; Dr. Peter Zucker, Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) President and CEO; Wayne Munchel, SBHG Director of TAY Services and Academy Trainer; Dr. Karyn Dresser, SBHG Director, Research and Program Practices; Dr. Hewitt “Rusty” Clark, TIP author and NNYT Director; Antashia Moore, Academy Administrative Assistant; Joseph Solomita, Stars Training Academy Managing Director; and TIP Master Trainers: Patti Fetzer, Adele Aparicio and Elijah McCauley.


Our goal is to assist and improve how state and county systems of care and community-based organizations implement, deliver, and sustain clinical practices. Our services include consultation on training needs and we specialize in TAY (Transitional Age Youth) related services. Our trainings include Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) and other clinical care topics. For EBPs, our training activities are designed to ensure that participants have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the EBP's implementation and fidelity standards.

Our highly qualified trainers can train staff, conduct agency-wide programs, and/or consult and develop programs for single agencies, collaboratives, and multi-agency systems. We specialize in customizing clinical training series for departments of mental health, social service, probation, and special education.

Our large-scale training programs include developing implementation plans and formulating organizational strategies to ensure practice fidelity, monitoring quality assurance, and measuring outcomes.

Our Areas of Expertise

Evidence Based and Promising Practices Trainings

Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™

An evidence-supported “Promising Practice” developed by Dr. Hewitt “Rusty” Clark, that addresses the unique needs of young adults (14-25 years old) with emotional and behavioral difficulties (EBD).

The goal of TIP is to engage young people in their own futures planning process by providing them with developmentally appropriate, non-stigmatizing, culturally competent, and appealing services and supports.

Stars Training Academy offers a range of training, technical support, and consultation services designed to build agency and government capacity to implement the TIP Model™ in their systems of care. Click here to learn more about the TIP Model™ at TIPstars.org.


A multimodal psycho-educational intervention designed to improve social skill competence, anger control, moral reasoning and mutual self-help of chronically aggressive adolescents and young children ages 12 to 25.

SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress)

A group intervention targeting chronically traumatized adolescents ages 8 to 18; SPARCS incorporates DBT Mindfulness, Social Skillbuilding, and Coping strategies.

Motivational Interviewing

An effective technique for clients with alcohol and other drug abuse diagnoses.

Other Trainings and Consultation

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Trainings and Consultation

  • TAY & Trauma
  • TAY Tool Kit
  • TAY and COD
  • Optimizing TAY Services in Systems of Care

Community Safety Intervention Trainings

Multi-Disciplinary Teaming

Engagement, Collaboration, Communication, and Cultural Competency

Law & Ethics

Core Training Academy Faculty

Joseph SolomitaJoseph Solomita, LCSW
With over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of residential, educational and clinical settings, Mr. Solomita is currently the Director of Clinical Training for Stars Behavioral Health Group and is responsible for overseeing clinical training services for SBHG programs throughout California. (Click to read more)

Rusty ClarkHewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, Ph.D, BCBA
Dr. Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark is the Director of the National Network on Youth Transition for Behavioral Health (NNYT) and is a Professor Emeritus at the Department of Child & Family Studies, Florida Mental Health Institute, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida. (Click to read more)

Elijah McMcaulyElijah McCauley, MA, CRC
A dynamic Clinical Trainer with 15 years of expereince, Elijah is the lead Clinical Training Specialist at Stars Behavioral Health Group. His expertise lies in Evidence Based Practice implementation and effective methods for dealing with difficult and resistant youth with EBD. (Click to read more)

Coral HuntsmanCoral Huntsman, LMFT
With over 18 years of Human Services experience, Coral Huntsman is the Clinical Training Specialist for Stars Behavioral Health Group. Coral specializes in creating and delivering interactive clinical trainings on various evidence-based/evidenced supported practices. (Click to read more)

Wayne MunchelWayne Munchel, LCSW
With over 25 years of expereince working in the mental health field, Wayne Munchel is the Director of TAY (Transition Age Youth) Services at Stars Behavioral Health Group and oversees six TAY programs throughout California. (Click to read more)

Adele AparicioAdele Aparicio, MA, LMFT
Adele Aparicio is a Clinical Training Specialist for Stars Behavioral Health Group and is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She has 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents and young adults as both an educator and a provider of intensive community-based mental health services to youth and families. (Click to read more)

Lorne WoodLorne Wood
At 22 years old, Lorne Wood is the youngest person to ever work for Stars Behavioral Health Group’s Training Academy. He was promoted to Peer Training Specialist last year after working as a peer mentor for two years at Star View’s Transition Age Youth Drop-In Center, the Tay Hot Spot. Lorne’s story is unique because he actually first became involved with Star View as a client. (Click to read more)

Contact Us

Joseph Solomita, LCSW
Director of Clinical Training
Stars Training Academy
310.221.6336 ext 109

Stars Behavioral Health Group
1501 Hughes Way
Long Beach, CA 90810-1870