"Not only has this program changed my life, but it’s now changed lives around me. My son is currently meeting with Troy because he saw such a difference in me that he wanted to see if he could help him too. My girlfriend is meeting with Troy in the next couple weeks and I believe some other family members may be as well. This is all because of the change they have seen! Now if that’s not powerful I don’t know what is."
"This is quite possibly the best Professional Development I have ever attended - and I have attended a LOT! Not only relevant to students but for our teachers, administrators, counselors, and staff. PHENOMENAL!”
Fargo Public Schools
“I’m humbled every week about how I can learn how to get better as a leader through understanding the psychology of how we all operate. Not only am I applying this in my professional life, but I’m also applying it at home with my family. It’s nice that Troy works with the management team and the rest of the staff and keeps it all confidential. This allows everybody to be honest and open. It’s also very cool to see how our team is applying these tools we’re learning almost every time I talk to them. I can’t wait to see how we continue to apply what we’ve learned.”
Owner and CEO
"I underestimated how helpful this would be before going in. Troy and the group gave me a greater knowledge, the knowhow to move on away from my past, toward my future and how to manage my emotions. I had so much I didn’t know how to handle and I’m so grateful to understand now. Thank you!"
"I truly feel more lovable, important and valuable. Troy taught me to be my own advocate and how to build my self-esteem. There are so many new behaviors I have learned and I will be following through by practicing. My deepest gratitude. Thank you Troy!"
“This is a powerful program for men and women. It gave me a whole new outlook on life and myself. POWERFUL!”
“This class has changed my life drastically. People that knew me before starting this class say I’m a completely different person in a positive way”
”This course has changed my life in more ways than I thought possible. I now face adversity with open arms and I’m able to overcome by thinking in a positive, clear frame of mind. Basically, this has made me a better person. I like myself again and the more I practice these skills the better my life is getting and will get. Thank you!”
“I wish I would have taken this class when I first started my recovery because I would have remained sober. Also, this class would have prevented me from an abusive relationship.”
“This course has really opened my eyes and helped me learn more about me and how to be a better person and to mother with positive goals.”
“This training really taught me the way of thinking about my feelings and that I am powerful, strong, and important, I would encourage anyone who is going through a hard time to take this class. It’s truly a life change in thinking, living, and how I view myself and others.”
“Troy has a beautiful way of making a person believe in themselves, because he believes in you.
“This class was something I looked forward to each and every week. I walked out of each class with life-changing tools that I practice with transformative results. Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!”
“Before Upstream, I felt as if I was already trying to “upstream” my life. I now have the tools to build on myself and those around me.”
“I’ve learned that in developing my personal life and how I react to situations, I can also develop my professional life. While work-life balance is important, Upstream has helped me connect how my emotions and reactions influence life in and out of the office. Our whole team has learned how to see all types of things through a different lens and we’ve become better at identifying the whole picture of certain situations.”
The "Beyond the Barriers" Project
The Cass County Jail is filled with individuals with a long history of crime, violence and drug abuse. A majority suffer from anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, and PTSD and are confined to a small space in an often volatile environment. Most of them were repeat offenders and been to jail or prison an average of more than 20 times.
I developed a program called "Beyond the Barriers" using the same Cognitive Transformation Model™ and approach I use in all my programs and began facilitating it each week for the men in Cass County Jail.
After two years and hundreds of inmates served, the results surpassed what I expected.
100% said the program was Very Effective in changing the way they thought, felt, and behaved.
95% said they interact with other inmates and Correction Officers more positively because of the program.
77% said they see other "Beyond the Barriers" attendees interact with inmates and Correction Officers more positively because of the program.
100% said the "Beyond the Barriers" program was More Effective or Much More Effective than other programs or counseling they've attended.
Watch the Video to hear how the "Beyond the Barriers" program not only impacted the lives of 7 inmates but the culture of the men around them.
Personal Impact Testimonials
The adversity these inmates had to overcome is unimaginable to most. Hear the personal stories of these inmates and how the "Beyond the Barriers" program transformed their lives and the lives of those around them.