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Meeting the needs of juvenile female offenders is discussed during this 1.5-hour training session. Topics covered include: introduction to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) collaboration; current perspective -- research into juvenile female offender practice; current research -- a look at the work of OJJDPs Girls Study Group; NICs approach to address the issue; curriculum excerpt from NIC/OJJDPs Meeting the Needs of Juvenile Female Offenders, Section One: Defining the Context for Our Exploration of Female Responsive Services in the Juvenile Justice System; curriculum overview; and summary.

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This program provides an introduction to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) for those individuals who work with youth in the juvenile justice system. The video covers locations of assault, consequences, approaches, statistics, prevention and reduction, youth issues, prosecution, outcomes, and action points. The companion CD includes: letter from the Director of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC); facilitator’s guide for “Keeping Our Kids Safe”; “Keeping Our Kids Safe” video; and a copy of “Public Law 108-79: Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.”

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Services and Resources for Correctional Trainers

NIC offers a variety of resources and services for those who provide training in a correctional setting.

The Learning and Performance Initiative represents NIC’s effort to help build staff training and development capacity in corrections agencies. Below are resources for trainers and curriculum designers.

Many materials are online, but most are available through our library only. If you are a correctional trainer and would like additional information about our resources and services, please contact us through our help desk.

NIC is committed to improving correctional agencies' internal capacity to enhance workplace learning and staff performance (i.e., training assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation).

The resources and guides provided on this page are designed for:

  • Training directors/coordinators
  • Trainers
  • Curriculum developers
  • Adjunct/part-time trainers
  • Field training officers
  • Anyone responsible for training in a correctional agency
 
Located below are additional resources on these training topics:
Training Management 
A guide to the resources available to corrections trainers.
Instructional Design
A guide to instructional models and resources for designing corrections-related training.
Training Delivery
A guide to effectively facilitating and presenting training and resources for conducting corrections-related training.
Other NIC Resources for Trainers
Learn about NIC's technical assistance and Web resources for correctional trainers.
 
 
 

 

So, you are a leader now? Here comes the hard part, working on you! Every leader who seeks to transform people and organizations must look inward. What sets transformational leaders apart from the rest is a desire to continuously understand and improve themselves. Your willingness to work on yourself with all your good parts and flaws will be the pivotal turning point that determines what kind of leader you will be. Correctional settings need leaders who have the capacity to drive creativity and innovate change. In this interactive webinar, we discuss how to lead from within by exploring the power of personal awareness, personal mastery, and personal integrity. These essential traits will lay the foundation for you to effectively transform yourself, creating the pathway for you to influence others and transform the correctional agency you serve.

Takeaways

  • Personal awareness is understanding yourself.
  • Personal integrity inspires you to become who others want to follow.
  • Personal mastery is the discipline of personal growth and learning.

This webinar was orginally broadcast on July 21, 2021 / 10 am PT / 11 am MT /12 pm CT / 1 pm ET for one hour.

Speakers

Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon, Dean and Associate Professor, Northwest University
Dr. Janice Doucet Thompson, Founder and Managing Principal, JD Thompson & Associates, LLC, Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of California, Davis

Dr. Cawthon served the Washington State Department of Corrections for over 11 years before transitioning to higher education. Her corrections experience includes serving as a classification counselor, community corrections officer, communications consultant, and correctional unit supervisor. Rowlanda is a passionate and innovative leader who capitalized on her leadership experience in corrections and doctoral education to drive change in her workplace. In her role as dean, she is leading a Ready to Work initiative that promises to unleash the leadership potential of undergraduate and graduate students in the workplace.

Dr. Thompson has achieved results for people and organizations for more than 30 years. A highly experienced and skilled executive leadership coach, Janice leads her Sacramento-based organizational development consultancy with a focus on leadership coaching, succession planning and talent management, change management, and leadership development.

Janice is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith stakeholder-centered coach; a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McClean (Affiliate of Harvard Medical School); and channel partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Rowlanda and Janice earned their doctoral degrees together, co-instructed an international consulting experience for MBA students in Prague, Czech Republic, and are equally committed to developing transformational leaders in all professional sectors.

Learning to Lead from the Inside Out [Webinar]

As a leader, when was the last time you seriously thought about the kind of influence you want to have on your people? With a new generation of employees entering the criminal justice field, leaders need to examine how effectively they influence and develop others. Employees today want to be engaged; expect to grow their knowledge, skills, and abilities; and work for a purpose.

To be effective, leaders must shift from the practice of simply managing to get work done to leading from a people-centered perspective. This webinar identifies how you can inspire people to achieve unexpected or remarkable results, both individually and as a team. You will learn about the four pillars of transformational leadership and how you can redefine the nature of leadership in the field of corrections.

Takeaways:

  • Leaders are deeply respected and serve as powerful role models with high moral and ethical integrity.
  • Leaders are mentors, coaches, or guides who listen and address each employee’s concerns and needs as best as possible.
  • Leaders inspire and motivate employees to perform beyond expectations.
  • Leaders support a growth mindset and stimulate employees’ creativity and innovation.

This webinar was originally broadcast on August 18, 2021 10 am PT / 11 am MT /12 pm CT / 1 pm ET for one hour.

Speakers

Dr. Rowlanda Cawthon, Dean and Associate Professor, Northwest University
Dr. Janice Doucet Thompson, Founder and Managing Principal, JD Thompson & Associates, LLC, Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of California, Davis

Dr. Cawthon served the Washington State Department of Corrections for over 11 years before transitioning to higher education. Her corrections experience includes serving as a classification counselor, community corrections officer, communications consultant, and correctional unit supervisor. Rowlanda is a passionate and innovative leader who capitalized on her leadership experience in corrections and doctoral education to drive change in her workplace. In her role as dean, she is leading a Ready to Work initiative that promises to unleash the leadership potential of undergraduate and graduate students in the workplace.

Dr. Thompson has achieved results for people and organizations for more than 30 years. A highly experienced and skilled executive leadership coach, Janice leads her Sacramento-based organizational development consultancy with a focus on leadership coaching, succession planning and talent management, change management, and leadership development.

Janice is certified as a Marshall Goldsmith stakeholder-centered coach; a fellow at the Institute of Coaching, McClean (Affiliate of Harvard Medical School); and channel partner with the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Rowlanda and Janice earned their doctoral degrees together, co-instructed an international consulting experience for MBA students in Prague, Czech Republic, and are equally committed to developing transformational leaders in all professional sectors.

Learning to Value Your Employees [Webinar]

NCA video chronicling the transition from male to female of corrections officer Rachel Esters, featuring moderator Bernie Iszler, CPS NIC Academy division. This may be used as a staff training video.

Good correctional practice includes applying principles of risk based classification to all adult and juvenile offenders while accounting for unique characteristics and concerns of LGBTI and gender non-conforming populations. To ensure a culture of safety, it is important to identify these individuals at intake. A culture of safety includes everyone understanding and practicing respectful, appropriate and professional language.

Intake personnel function as the “gatekeepers” for correctional systems and facilities and are a critical component in the information gathering process. If information obtained at intake is inaccurate or misleading, it can have dire consequences and impact safety. Staff must have clear guidelines allowing for the consistent identification of LGBTI offenders and the collection of key information. Establishing good communication at intake is essential to obtain the necessary information for appropriate housing, medical and mental health referrals, programs, security level, and services in the community. During this broadcast we will demonstrate effective and professional communication with LGBTI offenders during intake and make recommendations to improve the intake process.

Using a variety of methods including on-air discussions and activities, demonstrations and skills practice, this two-day six-hour interactive training broadcast is designed to: establish the relevance of initial information-gathering and how it impacts LGBTI populations from intake to successful reentry; provide recommendations and good correctional practice examples to ensure a culture of respect and safety at intake for LGBTI populations and correctional staff; and provide practical examples and demonstrate professional communication with LGBTI populations at intake.

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Correctional agencies face many challenges surrounding the safe management of the populations they house and supervise. Due in part to changes in federal and state laws and the outcome of successful offender litigation, care and management of the LGBTI population has been identified as an emerging correctional issue that deserves special attention. While gender non-conforming offenders have always been present in facilities and on caseloads, we now have the opportunity to share information about this issue with a broader number of stakeholders and identify responsible and safe practices that are respectful of differences and reduce agencies’ susceptibility to liability and litigation.

This 3-hour broadcast from November 7, 2012 is meant to inform and increase awareness of strategies for developing policies and procedures for LGBTI populations. The broadcast will highlight promising practices by providing resources and examples of agencies who are responding to the needs of the LGBTI population in their setting. During this national discussion sponsored and broadcast by the National Institute of Corrections, presenters will: define a framework for developing strategies for ensuring the safety, dignity, and respect of LGBTI individuals in corrections settings; identify typical concerns and challenges that arise as agencies address the needs and requirements of LGBTI offenders in corrections settings; identify operational practices that can increase effectiveness of working with LGBTI offenders; and review and discuss effective policy and program development strategies that address LGBTI populations in corrections.

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This 3-hour program, originally broadcast on May 3, 2006, will help agencies build a proactive communication strategy for working in partnership with the media and the public. An agency's communication plan is as essential to its operations as its emergency preparation. Too often, an agency's first contact with the media is reactionary and after the fact. When the media contacts an agency concerning various situations and circumstances, individuals and agencies often find themselves on the defensive facing a barrage of questions and inquiries. The objectives of this broadcast are to help participants: Understand the role of the media and the "public's right to know." Develop strategies and techniques to work effectively and succinctly with the media. Develop a comprehensive communication plan. Build a working relationship with the media, legislature, and local public interest organizations.

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This program discusses Information regarding current policies and procedures and their impact on aging offenders and offenders with chronic and terminal illnesses. While focusing upon "best practices and interventions," this program discusses:

  • Differences between the needs of aging and terminally ill inmates;
  • Management strategies;
  • Internal and external challenges, such as staffing, supervision, treatment standards, compassionate release provisions, housing, and hospice care;
  • Selecting and training inmate caregivers;
  • Legal issues, such as advance directives and constitutional standards of care;
  • And appropriate programming resources.
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