Tom and Pam have been married for 44 years and have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Tom became interested in behavioral parenting skills after experiencing problems with teenagers. He obtained help from his bishop, a family counselor, a psychotherapist and finally a psychiatrist where medication was prescribed for his child with “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”. After a short while, things got much worse. One Sunday a friend showed up with the book, by Dr. Glenn I. Latham. The friend heard Dr. Latham speak at a seminar. This remarkable book looked at parenting troubled teens from a behavior science perspective. Dr. Latham’s claim (based on over 30 years of experience) was that if we fixed our home, we would have a 95% chance of having our child return to the family value system. With the help of Dr. Latham, Tom and Pam made changes. It took time, but the prodigal son did return.
In 2001 tragedy struck… Dr. Latham died of a heart attack. Tom looked around for someone else who could help him, who incorporated the basics of behavior science in their work, but he found no one. In 2003, Tom went back to college in the field that Dr. Latham used as the basis for his parenting work. Tom received a graduate certificate in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas in 2004. He is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (behavior scientist), and is a certified parenting instructor for, “Parenting Tools for Positive Behavior Change” which is used in Florida to train Foster Parents. (Dr. Latham was the consultant for the team who wrote this course). Tom is a devoted student of the behaviorally based, positive parenting methods of Dr. Latham, author of “The Power of Positive Parenting.” Tom was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and had a successful engineering career lasting over 30 years. Tom retired from his engineering career, and now works as a “behavior engineer” to help parents with their struggles. Tom competed a Masters of Science program in Behavior Analysis and the Family at California State University, Stanislaus and developed an online behavioral parent training program which is available at 3LParenting.com
Tom has taught parenting classes in the Livermore area since 2003. Each semester he teaches numerous parenting classes for several adult education programs in the area. 70% of parents rate the skills taught as “Extremely Effective.” He is the owner and parenting coach of Guaranteed Parent Training, which promotes and teaches positive parenting skills with a “satisfaction or money back” guarantee. Tom also holds a California Adult Education Teaching Credential.
Tom’s goal is to provide families the help they need to succeed. If you need help, he is glad to help you, whether in person or by phone. His behavior science understanding of child behavior problems generally provides insight and predictably effective solutions.
Levels of Service by Tom Dozier
My goal is to provide the service that you want and need. I provide 4 levels of behavioral services.
1. Behavioral Instruction/Consultation – This service is primarily teaching you behavioral principles that apply to your specific situation. This includes discussing/teaching different parenting skills and behavioral interventions that you could choose to apply.
2. Behavioral Coaching/Consultation with Development of Intervention Plans – This service includes Behavioral Instruction, plus collaboratively developing specific intervention plans for you to implement. It usually includes a weekly review of the plans for the previous week and developing specific intervention plans for you to carry out the following week.
3. *Behavioral Coaching/Consultation with Plans, Data Collection, and Analysis – This service includes all of the above, plus data collection and graphical analysis of the data. Typically, you will collect daily data on your child’s (or your) behavior and send it to me. I will provide a graphical analysis of the data, so we can easily determine if we are making progress toward your goals.
4. *Behavioral Coaching with Direct Observation – This service includes all of the above, plus direct observation and data collection of the behaviors of concern.
*Levels 3 and 4 are “behavior-analytic” interventions, and meet the professional criteria for applied behavior analysis. Levels 1 and 2 are coaching and instruction based on the fundamental principles of human behavior. Levels 1 and 2 interventions are not behavior-analytic in nature and are not covered by my BACB credential. The level of service that you choose will depend on the severity of the problem behavior, your willingness to participate in data collection, and your ability to afford the service provided.Tom Dozier can help you and your family if you live in any city in the Bay Area. The first visit should be at his office in Livermore, but after that, meetings can be held by secure internet telecommunication (similar to Skype). It is also possible to have the initial meeting with Tom via internet, so it is not mandatory that you travel to Livermore for the first meetings. Cities near the Bay Area include Alameda, Antioch, Belmont, Benicia, Berkeley, Brentwood, Burlingame, Campbell, Concord, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dublin, East Palo Alto, Fairfield, Foster City, Fremont, Gilroy, Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Lathrop, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Manteca, Martinez, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Oakley, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Richmond, Rohnert Park, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Saratoga, South San Francisco, Stockton, Suisun City, Sunnyvale, Tracy, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, and Windsor.