about us

We empower teams with the tools
they need to create effective workplaces.

People sometimes can’t work

People sometimes can’t work to their full potential because they lack the tools required to navigate demanding situations.


The pandemic, financial crisis and political situations have increased workplace stress and anxiety levels, while placing new pressures on workers who are struggling to engage with the rest of the team. Hybrid and remote working patterns also produce additional complications as people need to find new ways of working together to reach their desired outcomes.


We give teams the tools they need to create effective workplaces.


Reducing stress, and limiting the risk of physical or emotional injury, AACT-Now creates working environments that are safer and more effective.

AACT-Now is a unique training course provider that addresses the challenging subjects and provides real actionable solutions to the difficulties that people face in the workplace.

Some of the courses we provide include

Resilient Leaders

Mastering Change

Conflict resolution

Dealing With Difficult People

Workplace stress

Manage it like an expert

Communication skills

Making Difficult Conversations Easier

Health and safety

Workplace Safety


Safe and Sane Schools

Training for health professionals

Communication for Health Professionals

Professional development and performance coaching

Workplace Safety

Ready to transform your team?

Book a free, no obligation call with Edmond today to discuss how AACT-Now can deliver training
that is perfectly suited to your unique business goals and challenges.

Who are we?

Edmond Otis

AACT Director and Lead Trainer, BS, MS and MFT

Having over 40 years of experience in training teams of all kinds, Edmond Otis is a leading international speaker who specialises in enhancing resilience and reducing conflict for more effective workplaces.


Edmond is also a world recognised coach and life-long veteran of traditional Japanese karate training. These distinctive skills and insights are wound into his training and consulting, teaching real skills, and creating dynamic content, effective strategies, and pragmatic solutions for complex and difficult workplace situations.

Roberta Cox

AACT-NOW Director of Research

Roberta Cox’s research includes identifying and understanding the effects of personality and aggression on social hierarchy – whether at home or at work, as well as the effects of environment on normal and abnormal social behaviour.


She has worked as a project manager and program and content developer for numerous organisations, including Health Hawke’s Bay (HB), and the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), and continues to accept closed-ended contracts from select clients.

Some of our clients


  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Baron Center
  • Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
  • City of Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Freedom Communications, Inc.
  • Geek Girl Inc.
  • Green Systems International, Inc.
  • Huff Fitness, Inc.
  • IMG Inc.
  • L-3 Linkabit, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Compensation and Benefits Association
  • Los Angeles Federal Credit Union
  • Merit Oil
  • National Employee Services and Recreation Association (NESRA)
  • Nippondenso International, Inc.
  • Nordstrom
  • NWC Federal Credit Union
  • Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones
  • S.P.O.R.T., Inc.
  • San Diego County Chamber of Commerce
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • The Daily Press, Inc.
  • The Solebury Club
  • Titan Corporation
  • Tournament House, Inc.
  • United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
  • Western Pacific LP
  • California Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • City of Anaheim
  • City of Calexico 
  • City of Claremont
  • City of Colton
  • City of Fullerton
  • City of Livermore
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Los Angeles 
  • City of Los Angeles Task Force Advisory Committee
  • City of Los Gatos
  • City of Mission Viejo 
  • City of Oxnard
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Palos Verdes
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Pasadena Advisory Committee
  • City of Pasadena Employee Association
  • City of Pleasanton
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of San Bernardino
  • City of Santa Ana
  • City of Santa Clara
  • County of Fresno
  • County of Long Beach
  • County of Marin
  • County of Orange
  • Long Beach Management Association
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center
  • San Diego Airport Authority
  • San Diego Trolley Car Management Training
  • Alannah Family Agencies, Inc.
  • Center for Brief Therapy of Southern California
  • Continuum Care Medical Group
  • Guadalupe Group Homes, Inc.
  • Inland California Psychotherapy Association
  • Jordan-NeuroScience
  • Loma Linda University Medical Center
  • Spectrum Behaviour Management Services
  • Sports Medicine and Health Association
  • St. Bernardine Medical Center
  • Vista Pacifica, Inc.
  • AmeriCorps, Inc.
  • Children’s Discovery Center, Inc.
  • Colton Unified School District
  • Jurupa Unified School District
  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District
  • Loma Linda University
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District
  • Riverside Unified School District
  • San Bernardino Unified School District
  • The Infopeople Project
  • The University of California, Los Angeles
  • The University of California, Riverside
  • The University of California, San Diego
  • The University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Val Verde Unified School District
  • Alameda County Public Library
  • Anaheim Public Library
  • Bakersfield Public Library
  • Berkeley Public Library
  • Black Gold Cooperative Library System
  • Buena Park Public Library
  • Burlingame Public Library
  • Chico State Public Library
  • Fresno Public Library
  • Glendale Public Library
  • Livermore Public Library
  • Lodi Public Library
  • Long Beach Public Library
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Menlo Park Public Library
  • Monterey Public Library
  • Placentia Library District
  • Pleasanton Public Library System
  • Sacramento State Public Library
  • Salida County Public Library
  • San Bernardino Public Library
  • San Diego County Public Library
  • San Diego County State Law Library
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • San Jose Public Library
  • San Mateo Public Library
  • San Rafael Public Library
  • Santa Barbara Public Library System
  • Santa Maria Public Library
  • Southern California Library Cooperative
  • Southern CA Library Association
  • Whittier Public Library
  • Yolo County Public Library


  • Bigsave
  • Catalyst Risk Management Limited
  • Centralines Limited
  • Changing Minds
  • Dance Express Events Limited
  • GROW Inc.
  • Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc.
  • Kite Communications
  • MOORE Markhams
  • New Zealand Wine
  • PMA
  • Rayonier
  • Matariki Forests
  • Think Bigger Group
  • Unison: The Powerlines People
  • Badminton New Zealand
  • Bay City Cheerleaders
  • Catalyst Risk Management  
  • Eastern Netball Association
  • Greater Auckland Coaching Unit (GACU)
  • Hawke’s Bay United Football
  • Hawke’s Bay Rugby
  • Hawkes Bay Cricket Association
  • Horse of the Year
  • Magpies – Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union
  • Manawatu Rugby Union
  • Napier Marist Football Club
  • Netball Central Zone
  • New Zealand Canoe Polo Association
  • Regional Sport Organisation – Hawke’s Bay
  • Sport Gisborne
  • Sport Hawke’s Bay
  • Sport New Zealand
  • Auckland City Council
  • Invercargill City Council
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Ministry of Work and Income
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Dunedin
  • Family Works Hawke’s Bay
  • Gains Psychology and Consulting
  • Gains Psychology and Consulting Service
  • Goodfellow Unit
  • Green Prescription Sport Hawke’s Bay – NZ Ministry of Health
  • Green Prescription Sport Otago – NZ Ministry of Health
  • Hawke’s Bay PHO
  • Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
  • HB Rural Support Trust 
  • Health Hawke’s Bay
  • NZ District Board – Annual Health & Safety Conference
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand Hawke’s Bay
  • Presbyterian Support – East Coast
  • Presbyterian Support East Coast
  • Taradale Medical Clinic
  • Te Mata Peak Practice 
  • The Kina Trust
  • YMCA South and Mid Canterbury
  • Board of Directors – Napier Central School
  • Board of Directors – Napier Intermediate School
  • Eastern Institute of Technology
  • Hereworth College
  • Iona College
  • Lindisfarne College
  • Napier Central School

Edmond is not only a karate master, but a master of guiding businessmen and women to develop healthy communication styles and open trustworthy work environments.”

M.D., President, Jordan NeuroScience Inc.