The Safe Crisis Management training program was initially developed in 1982 as a combined effort of Norbert "Nobby" Belanger and
Over a period of several years, Mullen continued to develop material and refine concepts and physical techniques from other sources. In particular, he placed strong emphasis on developing the theory base and non-physical aspects of the curriculum. For the latter, he drew from his own experience with Drs.: Howard Polsky, Nicholas Long and Albert Trieschman. Their work and the works of numerous other professionals, as well as his experience in training both education and social service staff around the country, shaped the curriculum. During the 1990's, there became a higher demand for the program, now known as Safe Crisis Management (SCM) thus, what had been a part-time effort for Mullen needed a full-time response. To cope with this demand, the training company added staff resources.
During the 1980’s, Mullen responded to requests from the Training Resource Center at Eastern Kentucky University and brought the curriculum to the state operated program for delinquents in that Commonwealth. Soon after, he connected with Charley Cheek, MS who was working in private residential services for Maryhurst in Louisville, Kentucky. Charley’s enthusiasm for the training program and skill as an instructor led him to become the first training associate of the company. This connection was soon followed by the second training associate, Steve Laidacker, Ed.D who was experienced in both residential care and alternative schools in Pennsylvania. Later, Jerome Flint, MS who was also experienced in residential care and adult education joined the team. These three associates have evolved to become full-time, master instructors and curriculum specialists for the company. In 1996, Joe Mullen Jr. joined the company that was then incorporated. Equipped with a degree in Public Administration, Mullen, Jr. assumed the position of Business Manager and provided a capacity for marketing and advertising which resulted in significant expansion. The company has continued to expand. Jennifer Todaro, BS joined the team and assumed the role of Program Coordinator. Todd Fountain, BS who had operated for several years as a part-time Instructor became a full-time Instructor in 2011. In addition, Kimberly Matson, Ed.S has been added to the staff to lead the company’s e-learning initiative.
As the company has grown, several collaborations outside the Unites States have occurred. SCM Europe was created in conjunction with the Kibble Education and Care Centre in Paisley, Scotland and SCM New Zealand has been established with Paul Kennedy as the lead Instructor in Christ Church, New Zealand. The company is exceptionally proud of the credentials and experiences of its staff and instructors.
Presently, JKM Training, Inc. provides training on a regular basis to schools and social-service agencies throughout the United States and internationally. In addition to the SCM program, the company offers training in a variety of related areas. In all programs, an attempt is made to provide state-of-the-art information to staff. The materials are continuously revised to comply with federal, state and local standards. We know this revision of the curriculum is not the last. The ever-evolving knowledge base of professional practice and our pledge to stay current with this evolution mandates periodic updates.