Frank C. Sacco, of Agawam, began his work while at UMass Amherst during the late 1960s, where he was involved in the Room-to-Move Drop in Center. He spent two years working with psychedelic emergencies in developing ways to cope with students having bad trips. Dr. Sacco then became involved in the Massachusetts de-institutionalization movement and co-founded Our House, Inc., a residential program for DYS kids.
After training at Menninger Clinic, Dr. Sacco began working with the assessment and treatment of highly disturbed young children. He spent his life operating in a community mental health center that specializes in home-based treatment for child welfare cases. He had many fond interactions with Jim Quinn.
Dr. Sacco co-authored his first book, Outreach Family Therapy, in 1982. He is dedicated to providing home-based psychotherapy to traumatized children in the child welfare system. Dr. Sacco has also spent his life researching bulllying and has co-authored two books and 20 peer-reviewed articles on bullying, teacher bullying, threat assessment, and how to build a successful anti-bullying structure within a school.
He has consulted with the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit to bring ideas from his research on bullying after the 1999 Columbine shooting. He followed up with two more consultations with the FBI on Internet sexual exploitation and domestic violence. He has developed school bullying prevention programs in Jamaica, Australia, and Hungary.
Committed to the field of social work and psychotherapy, Dr. Sacco also trains psychotherapists in engaging difficult and often resistant clients.
The Jim Quinn Human Service Award is named in memory of James N. Quinn, a social worker, child and family welfare advocate, lecturer, and advisor who devoted over 30 years of his professional and personal life to helping those in need.