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Stars Training Academy


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.

Where We Have Trained in California


Where We Have Trained in the United States


Where We Have Trained Internationally


EQUIP/ Aggression Replacement Training®

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
Joseph Solomita is the Managing Director of Stars Training Academy, a division of Stars Behavioral Health Group. Mr. Solomita is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 35 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of residential, educational and clinical settings. (more)

Rusty ClarkHewitt B. "Rusty" Clark, Ph.D, BCBA
Dr. Hewitt B. "Rusty" Clark serves as Senior Clinical Consultant to the Stars Training Academy 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. (more)

Elijah McMcaulyElijah McCauley, MA, CRC
A dynamic Clinical Trainer with 25 years of experience, 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. (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. (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. (more)

Lorne WoodLorne Wood
Lorne Wood has been working with Stars Behavioral Health Group (SBHG) for six years. He spent two years working with the SBHG TAY Hot Spot as a Peer Mentor and then joined the SBHG Stars Training Academy where he currently works as a Peer Training Specialist. (more)

Lorne WoodMonique Cando, M.A.
Monique is a Clinical Training Specialist for Stars Behavioral Health Group. Earning her MA in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, Monique has 14 years of experience working with children and adolescents with emotional behavioral difficulties. (more)

Contact Us

Joseph Solomita, LCSW
Managing Director, Stars Training Academy
Stars Training Academy
310.221.6336 ext 109

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