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Welcome to the TIP Model™ Orientation and Training


TIP Model™

The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™ is an evidence-supported practice based on published studies that demonstrate improvement in real-life outcomes for youth and young adults with emotional/behavioral difficulties (EBD). These outcomes have been demonstrated at sites where personnel have undergone competency-based training that is conducted at the community site and through teleconference supports provided by Certified TIP Model™ Consultants. The TIP model™ training materials are designed for personnel serving transition-age youth and young adults (14-29 years old) and their families.

Through this website one can access TIP Model™ Orientation through online modules and associated quizzes. These materials are particularly helpful for assisting in orienting new personnel to the TIP Model™ at your site as a way of helping to sustain your transition program.

Three Tier Training

The TIP Model™ orientation and training is supported across three Tiers.

Tier I: Overview of the TIP Model™

The new TIP System Development and Operations Manual is now presented in Chapter 2 of the Transition Handbook (Clark & Unruh, 2009). Chapter 2 is written by Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark and Karen Hart and is entitled Navigating the Obstacle Course: An Evidence-Supported Community Transition System. This chapter describes the entire Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™ and illustrates the guidelines and practices that enable Transition Facilitators to work effectively with the youth and young adults and their families.

Citation: The Transition Handbook: Clark, H. B., & Unruh, D. K. (2009). Transition of youth and young adult with emotional or behavioral difficulties: An evidence-supported handbook. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing.

Order the Transition Handbook by H.B. Clark and D.K. Unruh (2009) from the Brookes Publishing Company website:  www.brookespublishing.com/clark

Tier II: TIP Model™ Orientation Modules

The modules provide web-based educational opportunities to learn about each of the core practices of the TIP Model™ and illustrate how these are applied within the context of the TIP Model™ principles. The modules contain scenarios, sample forms, quick references, worksheets and other tools for applying the core practices. Tier II includes TIP Model™ Orientation Modules addressing the following practices:  

Tier III: Competency-Based Training

The TIP Institute / SBHG provide flexible, on-site, competency-based training and support for implementing the TIP Model™ with agencies and community collaboratives. The TIP Institute TIP Model™ Consultants use our Behavior Rehearsal Manuals for the on-site training and coaching of Transition Facilitators and their supervisory personnel to ensure proficiency in the application of the core competency practices.

Access to Training Resources

The Transition Handbook has been written to provide you and your personnel with an orientation to the TIP Model™.  The Transition Handbook also provides a description of the application of the TIP Model™ to eight settings (e.g., community collaboration of mental health agencies, education and vocational rehabilitation, juvenile justice).  Access to training is provided at the bottom of this page.
We look forward to the possibility of working with you and your community site in the implementation of the TIP Model™ to improve the progress and outcomes with youth and young adults and their families.

Hewitt B. “Rusty” Senior Consultant, Stars Training Academy

Joseph Solomita, Managing Director, Stars Training Academy

Module Orientation Training and Quizzes


Tier I

Overview of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model™
Ch. 2 of the Transition Handbook.  Order the Transition Handbook from the Brookes Publishing Company website:

Tier II

Module 1:
Strengths Discovery and Needs Assessment
Module 2:
Futures Planning
Module 3:
Module 4:
In-Vivo Teaching
Module 5:
Social Problem Solving (SODAS)
Module 6:
Prevention Planning for High-Risk Behaviors
WHATS UP PPT Version 2
Read Chapter 8 in the Transition Handbook.
Module 7:
Mediation with Young People and Key Players (SCORA)

Tier III

Competency-based Training at Your Site:
Flexible, on-site, competency-based training and support for implementing the TIP Model™ with agencies and community collaboratives.


The words “TIP Model™” are trademarked and the “™” superscript must include the ™ following the use of it. Any published use or further discrimination of the intellectual property identified above should be approved by SBHG and the Stars Training Academy. All unauthorized use is prohibited. By entering this contract, you agree that the use of such material will only be at the direction and/permission of SBHG.

The use of Stars Behavioral Health Group’s (“SBHG”) intellectual property and trademark require proper citation and credit for SBHG’s ownership and proprietary interest. SBHG holds and enjoys exclusive and propriety ownership of the Transition to Independence Model™ (TIP Model™). This includes the TIP Model™ and the materials developed to support the dissemination of the TIP Model™. Further, SBHG owns the trademarks “TIP Model™”, “TIP-Informed”, “Full TIP Implementation”, “TIP Accredited”, “TIP Certified”, TIP Site-Based Trainer”, “TIP Fidelity assessment”, “TIP (Regional) Fidelity Assessor”, “TIP Modules,” “TIP Core Practices”, “TIP Transition Domains”, and “TIP Master Trainer”.

Any use of the above trademarked words, and phrases or representation, without permission, is unlawful and in violation of SBHG’s rights, including but not limited to, statutory and common law protections against copyright and trademark infringements.

The only acceptable use of TIP Model™ materials on the user’s program materials, training documents, marketing efforts, and website is if, with SBHG’s express written consent, the user clearly and explicitly attach SBHG trademark and copyright acknowledgement and a link to the TIPstars.org website to each and every inclusion with any written, verbal or visual media produced by the user’s organization that references the TIP Model™ or any services offered based on the TIP Model™.

Further, if the user receives training and/or consultation services from SBHG on the TIP Model™ the user must continue to give ownership credit on any advertising through the use of the TIP trademark.

For Tier III training and to learn more about access to competency-based training for TIP Model™ implementation, please contact:

Joseph Solomita, MSW
Managing Director, Stars Training Academy