Leadership Development In Corrections
NIC believes in developing effective correctional leaders through competency-based training aligned with agency needs. It offers Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century, which links skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective leaders to specific behaviors.
Thinking for a Change
NIC's "Thinking for a Change" program is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral program designed to help offenders develop pro-social thinking and problem-solving skills. The program emphasizes skill-building and practice in a group setting, and has been shown to reduce recidivism rates for participating offenders. By addressing underlying criminogenic needs, the program aims to improve offender outcomes and promote public safety.
PREA / Offender Sexual Abuse
PREA was enacted to address the issue of sexual abuse of people in custody. Its provisions include zero-tolerance standards, standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment, collection and dissemination of information, and award of grant funds.
Learning and Performance
NIC provides resources and services for trainers in the correctional system through the Learning and Performance Initiative to help build staff training and development capacity in corrections agencies, with guides and resources available to training directors, coordinators, and others responsible for training.
Wellness for Corrections and Supervision Professionals
This page highlights the need for maintaining safety and security while providing opportunities for staff to not become overwhelmed by both institutional and community settings. "Wellness" emphasizes the importance of taking personal well-being seriously and provides a list of topics and resources to help professionals in the corrections field find balance and stay motivated to perform at their best.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility
Employers must create a work environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) to attract the best employees. The DEIA supports individual and organizational growth by providing resources to examine bias, lead diverse teams, support inclusive teams, and create DEIA programs.
Interpersonal Communication Skills with Correctional Offenders (1,2,3)
This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for using good communication skills will enhance management, control, and professionalism, when working with offenders. Additional skills are added in courses 2 & 3.
Motivational Interviewing (MI): Overview
This course provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI). By using specific techniques and applying MI, corrections professionals can help increase offenders’ motivation to make changes in their lives that will reduce their likelihood of reoffending.
Leadership in Times of Critical Incidents
This course will focus on the leadership role you can take in your organization during critical incidents. It also explores how leadership perspective can be the lens to proactively anticipate crisis situations.
Collaboration: A Survival Strategy for Turbulent Times
In this course you will learn about the importance of collaborations in corrections. Particularly in these turbulent times, collaboration may ensure the survival of programs, services, and even agencies.
Moral Leadership and Development
This course will explore forms of moral and authentic leadership, discover how authentic and moral leaders are high-impact leaders, practice behaviors that will lead you to better moral decision-making outcomes, and learn how you can develop your followers to be moral actors.
Introduction to Leadership Competencies
This course will introduce you to the purpose of the NIC’s Correctional Leadership Competency Model and how it can be used to develop you, your team, and your organization.
The Role of the Correctional Leader/Manager
This course will focus on the differences between effective leaders and managers, and also how they are similar.
Designing for Performance: What You Need to Know about Memory and Learning
This course will introduce you to the relationship between memory and learning and will present techniques that enhance learning in response to that relationship.
Digital Literacy for the Correctional Trainer
This course will introduce you to the concept of digital literacy as it applies to the development and delivery of training.
How to Develop Effective Performance Objectives
During this course, you will learn about the characteristics of effective performance objectives. You will also learn to differentiate between complete and incomplete performance objectives, and lower and higher levels of performance objectives.
How to Use Competencies for Performance Management and Succession Planning
This course sets the stage for performance management activities, such as succession planning, in all types of corrections settings. It explores the connection between sets of correctional management and leadership development competencies through an initial introduction to NIC’s Core Competency work.
Program Planning and Design
This course focuses on the planning and evaluation of correctional programs. It presents the stages of program planning and design, and then shows how to design an evaluation which matches the program plan.
Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP): No Fail Lesson Plan Construction
During this course, you will learn about ITIP components and how to use each one; the differences between each component and their traditional lesson plan counterparts; and expectations and considerations for each component.
Transformational Change: Theory and Practice
This course covers change in organizations, the theory and leading thoughts, how to successfully lead change, addresses assumptions, provides tools, and examines case studies for successful transitions.