After 30 years of experience working in community-based non-profit organizations, I created Training Grounds LLC to serve more people who want to make the world a more connected and caring place.
Our imperfect world needs more authentic, caring, and connected people to influence and drive positive change in our families, neighborhoods, and organizations. It’s our responsibility and it takes all of us to get there - parents, teachers, sport coaches, community members, and more.
Young people are the future, so you'll find courses to equip caring adults to raise strong kids – and since so much social impact in our world comes through organizations, you'll find leadership development training to help leaders inspire positive change.
Browse the current training offerings and if there's a way we can work together to make the world a better place, please reach out and connect.
"James is a thoughtful, insightful and engaging trainer. He makes the material come alive and resonate with his audience."
CEO, Tanager Place &
Past President, Association of Children's Residential Centers
"James is extremely bright and creative, exceptionally efficient, and relates to people at all levels with an unusual level of genuineness, respect, decency and kindness. I consider myself honored to be his colleague in so many capacities."
President, Professional Package Consulting
"Around the world James is regarded as one of Child and Youth Care’s most insightful practitioners, and has contributed significantly to the growth of learning in the field."
COO, International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net)
"James provides excellent training on trauma-informed care. His approach is person-centered, relational, and he values each student served in our public schools and programs. He’s been a mentor in my own life and I’m grateful for his training which has been such an important part of my own education and leadership."
Bianca Siedenburg Hicks
Educational & Psychological Consultant