“SIVA Training saves lives. If you support someone with challenging behaviours, asking if you need this program is like asking if you need air.”

Who We Are

“SIVA Training saves lives. If you support someone with challenging behaviours, asking if you need this program is like asking if you need air.”

Our Mission

Making Safety a Way of Life...

At SIVA, our mission is to provide professionals, families, and persons being supported with the proactive tools and practical knowledge to create an environment where safety is a pro-social, healthy, and respectful part of day-to-day life. We believe that true safety – that is, safety not only for professionals and families, but for the person being supported as well – is built on communication and the establishment of trusted relationships.

How We're Different

What Makes SIVA Different?

The SIVA model uniquely guides systemic thought and accountability while actively valuing individuals being supported to ensure sustainable change. The direction, flexibility and relatedness of the SIVA philosophy and guiding principles are seamlessly realized in clear and concise relationship-based programming that is easily adapted to any supportive environment. Whereas other programs focus primarily on crisis intervention and what can be done to or for individuals in times of crisis, we train professionals and families to understand that safety is a “felt” experience that is NOT achieved within the limitations of a crisis rather, true safety derives from the continuous development of trusted and empowering relationships withindividuals being supported. The knowledge and approach participants learn will continue to grow and advance with their supporting relationship. 

Trauma Informed Practices

Holistic Relationship-Based Approach to Safety

Continuously and Actively Establishing Healthy Relationships

Set In Motion by the SIVA WISE™ process

Highest Standards of Care

Capacity Building and Successful Independence

Our Founders

Michael W. Taylor

Michael Taylor is one of the co-founders of the SIVA model and was CARF surveyor in Behavioral Health, and specializes in policy development and program design. Mr. Taylor is also the owner and Executive Director of Carmichael Enterprises Residential Programs Ltd. He has more than 30 years of front-line experience working with mentally ill and developmentally delayed clients with severe behavioural issues. 

His commitment to the understanding and implementation of best practices in the field has led him to mentor a wide- range of agencies seeking accreditation, and improved programming and management. He is passionate about creating quality programs for persons with disabilities. Mike also continues to consult in various capacities throughout North America as well as South east Asia. 

Don Castaldi, Psy. D.

Dr. Don Castaldi has a doctorate in clinical psychology with specializations in attachment, trauma and forensics. He is a Founder of the SIVA Training programs and the Executive Director of DC Waterstone Services, a private company providing therapy, consultation and training in the fields of clinical, organizational and forensic psychology. He is a perennial clinical advisor to Footholds Therapy Centre; an agency dedicated to providing education and therapy services to children and youth with Autism, FASD, trauma histories, and emotional / behavioural challenges. Dr. Castaldi is also perennial clinical advisor to Bill’s Place; a residential therapy program supporting youth and adults with brain injury, trauma and dual diagnosis.

Dr. Castaldi has over 20 years of experience working with people of all ages with severe psychopathology, neuro-developmental challenges, addictive / obsessive behaviours and with people who have endured traumatic events and perpetrated acts of abuse. His clinical / forensic training and work experience has occurred in a myriad of environments from school, community therapy and industrial settings to hospital and forensic settings. Dr. Castaldi’s extensive work with school and treatment programs has largely focused on understanding the complexity of severe psychopathology, abuse and challenging behaviours with the goal of building a consistent framework of support and sustainable change for educators and students.

Dr. Castaldi’s work experience in organization / industrial settings has largely focused on self-care, leadership development and the building of capacity and productivity. He has also collaborated with companies to develop workplace culture stability and restorative models of support for professionals with emotional and interpersonal challenges and for individuals who have endured traumatic events and engaged in acts of abuse.

In forensic and criminal justice settings, Dr. Castaldi’s astute examination and insight of severe psychopathology and violent / deviant behaviour has led him to be a sought after consultant and clinician on matters of dangerousness, sexual predatory behaviour, polygraph examination, police interviewing and crisis response.

In both Canada and the United States Dr. Castaldi has been celebrated for his knowledge, insight and ability to understand complex cases and transform how professionals think about the people they engage and support. Throughout all segments of his clinical, organizational and forensic work, the understanding of resilience, relational dynamics and the building of sustainable models of support have been paramount. Dr. Castaldi has infused his years of knowledge and experience into the SIVA model to offer professionals, families and individuals receiving support a comprehensive approach that honours attachment, holistic safety and our ability to grow.

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