Pro-ACT, Inc. is a leader in training and educating professionals committed to creating safer hospitals, residential facilities, classrooms and treatment environments. The foundation of what has become Pro-ACT, Inc. was laid in the early 70s when Paul Smith, a doctoral student working in a Southern California psychiatric hospital, became concerned about the assaultive behavior he witnessed in his workplace. That concern prompted the creation of a training program intended to reduce assaults and show patients the respect and dignity that Paul, a Quaker, believed all people deserved. The first class was taught in 1975.
As Paul’s training evolved, first to PART and then to Pro-ACT and Pro-ACT Restraint Certification, he partnered with a select group of professionals involved in healthcare, behavioral health, education, and residential programs, each committed to reducing restraint and improving safety. From this group, Pro-ACT, Inc. was formed. While Pro-ACT, Inc. makes Pro-ACT training available nationwide, it does more. With a continuing commitment to creating safer hospitals, residences, communities, and schools, Pro-ACT, Inc. recognizes that there are professionals in a variety of work environments seeking more insight, more support, and more information. In response to those needs, Pro-ACT, Inc. provides an expanding array of training and consulting services.
Pro-ACT, Inc. was established to support the mission of safety and dignity, offer training and consultation to agencies committed to improving treatment, and make Pro-ACT training available to organizations throughout the world.