Probation and Parole

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers topics of particular interest and focus for those in the Probation and Parole profession on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources.

Begin or enhance your knowledge in ways that will be immediately applicable to your probation or parole career by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Herb Sinkinson
James Newman
Michelle Hart
10 / 30 / 2019

How do you set your client up for the best level of success? One crucial factor for optimizing client engagement is effective communication between case managers and clients -- but [...]

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Karen Solomon
Amy Morgan
11 / 12 / 2019

This webinar will combine the mental health education of Amy Morgan, MSC (Academy Hour) with the law enforcement suicide statistics and stories from Karen Solomon (Blue H.E.L.P.), [...]

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Jonathan Parker
11 / 21 / 2019

This training module encourages and equips Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals, and their family members, to guard the six most vulnerable areas of life to promote health and well-being. [...]

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Charles Keeton
Cheryl Parks
Ron Budzinski
12 / 04 / 2019

Contemporary detention issues felt by most counties: tightened jail budgets, concerning recidivism rates, law enforcement relations, poverty, unemployment, custodial assaults, suicides, deteriorating conditions of confinement, litigation, and other factors motivated [...]

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Jonathan Parker
12 / 10 / 2019

This training module encourages and equips Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals, and their family members, to guard the six most vulnerable areas of life to promote health and well-being. [...]

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David J. Rogers
01 / 09 / 2020

It has been shown that Indian Country suffers from higher addiction rates than the national average, especially when it comes to methamphetamine. This session will look at the impact of [...]

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Dan Phillips
Brandon “Choe” Sergent, M. Th.,
01 / 15 / 2020

Religious ministries have the potential to help jail staff, incarcerated people, and family members.  Too often, unfortunately, there is unintended friction between jail staff and religious volunteers.  This friction can [...]

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Amy Morgan
01 / 21 / 2020

Trauma can knock us down, but anything that knocks us down also gives us the opportunity to grow.  This webinar will take a deep and serious look at the effects [...]

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Naomi Smoot
02 / 20 / 2020

Nationally, an estimated 78 percent of young people who have experienced homelessness report that they have also had at least one interaction with law enforcement, while 44 percent have spent time in [...]

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Kimberly Miller
04 / 09 / 2020

If it’s true that “it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond that matters;” how can you get to a place where you can “choose” [...]

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Kimberly Miller
08 / 06 / 2020

When our internal storm is raging, we can’t successfully navigate challenges, respond effectively, or have true control over our choices or outcomes. Although there are times we get our [...]

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Kimberly Miller
09 / 02 / 2020

When things or people are out of control, it is easy to get wrapped up in other's emotions or the events of the moment. But showing up to a fire [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Dan Phillips

Mentally ill people are over-represented in the criminal justice system.  Law enforcement officers and jail staff must deal regularly with people who have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, and other [...]

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Cherice Hopkins
Rebecca Burney

This webinar will examine how experiences of gendered violence create pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system with an emphasis on cross over from the child welfare system into [...]

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Arlyn Harris

Learn how Maricopa County Adult Probation Department (MCAPD) successfully expanded its implementation of  Thinking for a Change (a cognitive behavioral intervention program with the NIC) through collaboration with external treatment [...]

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Jason Winsky

Law enforcement and mental health support services intersect in drug abuse cases. Tucson recognized the link between two disciplines when they conceptualized their Mental Health Support Team that allowed people [...]

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Stacy Ledvina

Hope is probably the one secret ingredient that can turn a person’s outlook and life around however bleak things may be. In a sense, its presence is what distinguishes [...]

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Alana Negroni

Stress seems to be inevitable these days – in our work, relationships, and life brought about by the competitive, fast-paced lifestyles we’re leading and external factors and circumstances we’re [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

This is the second-part of Sara Mahoney’s Mindfulness Series. She addressed mindfulness for domestic violence victims in the first one and on this session, she will discuss mindfulness for [...]

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Rich Martin

In 2018, CareerCast ranked policing as the fourth most stressful job in the US brought about by the dangerous and demanding nature of the profession. When an individual’s stress is [...]

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Denise Beagley

A significant chunk of the population has gone through a traumatic experience in their lives – it has become the norm and no longer the exception. Because of this, awareness efforts [...]

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Judge Brandon Birmingham
Dr. Jill Johansson-Love

Domestic violence cases can get problematic given the relationship dynamics between offender and victim. Likelihood of re-offense is also high when the offender’s behavior isn’t addressed properly. Dallas [...]

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Robin Timme

For the general population, only 9% meet the criteria for PTSD across their lifespan, but in correctional populations, almost 100% experienced trauma in their life.  The correctional setting is found to be [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Working in the field of criminal justice, probation, victim advocacy and social services is a noble path. It gives an individual the ability to change the course of another person’[...]

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Doug Jaye

Learn how Lee County Probation (Florida) implemented a series of targeted programs to achieve remarkable outcomes that include reductions in both recidivism and new law violations over 15-percent, along with [...]

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Robert Barnett

There’s a stigma associated with incarceration, but more than anyone, it is these set of people that needs to be given a second chance in life most. By giving [...]

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Michael Latham

Numerous researches favor criminal justice initiatives that shift its focus into prevention and intervention instead of punitive measures. This is especially true to juveniles who are just starting to create [...]

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James Newman

Behavior modification and recidivism reduction are the goals of corrections and probation – to ensure that the offender or client is able to assimilate to the society properly and will not [...]

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Alana Negroni

Law enforcement has always been an adrenaline-driven field, it is the nature of the job. Some of the incidents police officers find themselves are a little bit more critical than [...]

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Lydia Newlin
Jeralita “Jeri” Costa

For most of us, stories of domestic violence involve two people in a relationship and turn of events that for some reason, drives one of them to inflict pain to [...]

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Amy Morgan

When people are in danger, they call on to first responders to give them the help they need – to manage the situation, deal with the trauma, and provide other needed [...]

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David J. Rogers

Justice professionals are typically exposed to people from different walks of life. As such, it is imperative that they are aware and educated about cultural nuances to better understand and [...]

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Vicki Assegued

The concept of Restorative Justice may seem new and unfamiliar for most people, but this system’s roots go as far back into history and is used throughout the world, [...]

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David J. Rogers

When a person decides to be a part of the world of criminal justice, they are generally drawn in by the authority, having the means to protect the people they [...]

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Kimberly Miller

Taking on the job in the public sector means being ready to be of service to the people. For those working as first responders, health providers, or law enforcers – service [...]

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Scott Kirshner

Police, probation, and parole officers ensure that citizens and communities remain safe. However, as they perform their duty, they are putting their lives in danger. Being in close contact with [...]

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Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

To instill positive change in the probation clients’ behavior is just one of the goals of probation. Probation clients, however, might have hardened due to various circumstances in their lives [...]

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Ed Sherman, Psy.D.

There are many values and virtues that we are all taught from school to our jobs when it comes to surviving and living our lives. All of these are valuable, [...]

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Denise Beagley

As a public servant, part of any criminal justice profession is encountering random strangers, even sketchy characters. Not just merely meeting them, but talking to them, building rapport such that [...]

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Amy Morgan

Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, etc.) are the most common mental illness, and it affects millions of people around the world. According to the National Institute of [...]

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Matthew Kail
Duane T. Bowers, LPC

Work-related stress is prevalent – it happens to people with 9 to 5 desk jobs, field workers, start-up entrepreneurs, top-tier executives; blue collar, white collar. Work-related stress can be reduced and relieved by [...]

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Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

The goal of probation is to instill positive change in the probationers’ behavior. Every probation officer might have their own style of supervision. Various research and tools have also been [...]

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Ray Nash

Resiliency is a highly-revered quality. Overcoming adversity and our personal demons can be tough. More so when you’re in a position that exposes you to different characters and situations. [...]

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Tiffany Griffith
Paul Ventura

Teamwork is the glue that keeps a group of people together. It has been emphasized time and again since our days in school. But how does one apply teamwork in [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic Violence Offenders are often times charismatic, charming and come across as “easily manageable” on the surface to the Probation Officer. With the main goals of supervision being Offender Accountability [...]

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Motivational Interviewing
Denise Beagley

As public servants and employees, one important aspect of our day-to-day is interacting and relating with other people. Some of the people need our help and guidance, but sometimes, the [...]

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Duane T. Bowers, LPC

Employees working in the field of public service and social welfare often extend help to others who go through tumultuous moments. In doing so, they also take into their psyche [...]

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Amy Morgan

The law enforcement and justice profession deal with different types of people with a myriad of personalities. It can get tricky having to decode each one and ensuring that your [...]

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Christopher Greenway
Tiffany Marsitto

Probation’s major objective is to get the clients in line, rehabilitate them towards becoming well-adjusted individuals in society, and mitigate the risk of re-offense. Coconino County Adult Probation decided [...]

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Sara E. Mahoney

Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Jeff Fox

Public Safety Agencies are faced with a myriad of issues daily. As part of their duty to serve and protect, they need to plan and strategize how to approach these [...]

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Best Practices in Drug Testing
Mark Hendershot

Drug use and abuse are some of the biggest issues of the global community – in the legal and criminal perspective, as well in the scientific and medical point of view. [...]

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Jeff Fox

Being the first line supervisor is the gateway to being a part of management. Too often, however, associates are promoted to first line supervisor positions without sufficient training or mentorship. [...]

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Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

Community supervision is an essential and critical component of probation.  It is more than just having clients show up in the office.  However, when a client is in your office, [...]

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George Casey
Steven Gill

Different agencies have different needs, thus the reason for them to maximize and improvise on their limited resources – manpower, technology, systems, and processes. While doing so works most of the [...]

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Mark Hendershot

How does your organization ensure they are hiring the right people, with the correct mix of technical and soft skills, who are well suited to the demands of the job, [...]

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Lanae Holmes
Duane T. Bowers, LPC

    This webinar will provide an in depth look at the impact viewing child pornography may have on personnel. It will also discuss why some people are more impacted [...]

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Natalie Johnson

Ms. Natalie Johnson, will discuss strategic movement and exercise to assist in managing and expanding energy capacity. Energy is the foundation for being fully engaged. As Law Enforcement and Emergency [...]

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Natalie Johnson

  Description: Our presenter, Ms. Natalie Johnson, will discuss practical nutrition strategies to improve performance through sports nutrition and energy management. She will cover topics such as how much and [...]

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Michael G. Aamodt

Description: The Internet, as well as many written sources, suggest that police officers engage in an unusually high number of maladaptive behaviors. That is, they are thought to have high [...]

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Pam McMillan

Description: This two hour course is designed to help participants learn some skills and tools for dealing with stress in their lives. A Life of Stress, The Damages: Participants gain [...]

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Natalie Johnson

Description: Our presenter, Ms. Natalie Johnson, will discuss practical nutrition strategies to improve performance through sports nutrition and energy management. She will cover topics such as how much and how [...]

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Articles

  Webinar presenter Cherice Hopkins answered a number of your questions after her presentation, From Child Welfare to the Juvenile Justice System: Disrupting the Abuse to Prison Pipeline. Here are [...]

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Christina McCale

For many people, being in jail can represent "hitting bottom." But after a life of operating outside the law, how can someone regroup, and find a way to build a [...]

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Webinar presenter Arlyn Harris answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Thinking for a Change Case Study.  Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenter David Rogers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Tribal-Federal-State Jurisdiction and Its Relationship to Public Safety in Indian Country.  Here are just a few of [...]

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Christina McCale

For some people, the worst day of their lives is the day they go to jail. But for some inmates in Florida's Orange County Correctional Department, it can actually become [...]

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Webinar presenter Stacy Ledvina answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Kids at Hope: Believing, Connecting and Time Travelling in Youth Justice.    Here are just a few of [...]

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Love this thought from Kathy Waters, State Director of Arizona's Adult Probation Program...and thank you for all you do for the justice community!     To Learn More, visit [...]

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Webinar presenter Jason Winsky answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Beyond CIT: Establishing Mental Health Support Teams.   Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Rich Martin answered a number of your questions after his presentation, A Daily Drop of Corrosion: How the Daily Experiences of Justice Professionals Can Lead to Burnout.   [...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Part 2- Working with Offenders.   Here are just a few of her [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Peggy Rothbaum answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Protecting the Protector: Who's Taking Care of You?   Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Alana Negroni answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Benefits of Developing a Peer Support Program.   Here are just a few of her responses.   [...]

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During his webinar, Dr. Robin Timme shared impactful insights about the prevalence of trauma in the histories of those who are incarcerated as well as those who work in correctional [...]

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Webinar presenters Judge Brandon Birmingham and Dr. Jill Johansson-Love answered a number of your questions after their presentation, An Approach to High Lethality Domestic Violence Offenders: The Accountability Court Model.  [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Robin Timme answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Trauma-Informed Jails: Incorporating Wellness for Correctional Officers.  Here are just a few of his responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenter Denise Beagley answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Trauma Informed Care & Response: 101 Training for Justice Professionals.   Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Mindfulness in Domestic Violence Work: Part 1 Working with Victims.  Here are just a few of her responses. &[...]

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Webinar presenters Cherice Hopkins and Rebecca Burney answered a number of your questions after his presentation,  Building Resiliency for Girls in the Justice System by Disrupting the Abuse to Prison [...]

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Webinar presenter Duane Bowers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Self Care for Justice Professionals. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: Are [...]

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Webinar presenter Doug Jaye answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Differentiating by Risk and Enhancing Skill Building Techniques to Motivate Positive Change.  Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenter Judge Michael Latham answered a number of your questions after his presentation, From Detention to Legacy: The Creation of the Legacy Teen Center. Here are just a few [...]

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Webinar presenter Robert Barnett answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Real Re-entry, Real Impact, Real Money: Building Futures with the OCCD Construction Program. Here are just a [...]

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One in 5 American adults will experience mental illness in a given year, and about half of the American population will have a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their [...]

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The term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, was coined in 1980 by the American Psychological Association when it formally became recognized as a diagnosable condition after the [...]

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Falcon, Inc's Harmony Goorley and Dr. David Stephens shared some incredible information about trauma in incarceration settings during their webinar, "Balancing Order & Recovery: Blueprints for a High-Performing, Trauma-Resilient Jail."  [...]

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Webinar presenter Jim Newman  answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Community Supervision, and Behavior Change: Techniques that Work. Here are just a few of his responses.   &[...]

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Webinar presenters Dr. David Stephens and Harmony Goorley from Falcon, Inc answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "Balancing Order & Recovery: Blueprints for a High-Performing, Trauma Resilient [...]

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Dr. David Stephens made some excellent points during his webinar, Balancing Order and Recovery: Blueprints for a High Performing, Trauma-Resilient Jail. Here's one we thought was particularly important. “We can [...]

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We loved this statement Harmony Goorley made during her webinar, Balancing Order and Recovery: Blueprints for a High Performing, Trauma-Resilient Jail about the importance of inmate wellness. “When inmates feel [...]

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We loved this statement Harmony Goorley made during her webinar, Balancing Order and Recovery: Blueprints for a High Performing, Trauma-Resilient Jail about the correlation between staff and inmate wellness. “Our [...]

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We loved this statement Harmony Goorley made during her webinar, Balancing Order and Recovery: Blueprints for a High Performing, Trauma-Resilient Jail about the importance of inmate wellness. “When staff ignores [...]

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Christina McCale

We know that most inmates have some level of trauma in their background. But what about your correctional officers? Correctional officers have some of the highest levels of stress of [...]

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Webinar presenter Alana Negroni of The Counselling Team International  answered a number of your questions after her presentation, “The Impact of an Officer Involved Shooting.” Here are a few of [...]

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Webinar presenters Lydia Newlin and Jeri Costa answered a number of your questions after their presentation, “Domestic Violence Post Conviction.” Here are a few of their responses.   Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenter Dave Rogers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “Cultural Awareness for Probation Officers and Justice Professionals.” Here are a few of his responses.   Audience [...]

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We loved this quote Amy Morgan made during her webinar, The Trauma of First Response to Cruelty.   "People who care more, hurt more."     Click Here to Watch [...]

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Webinar presenter Amy Morgan answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Trauma of First Response to Cruelty. Here are a few of her responses.   Audience Question:  [...]

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Truly listening -- whether to a victim, a colleague or a partner -- starts with respect. During her webinar, “Restorative Justice and Victim-Offender Dialogue,” Vicki Assegued provided excellent advice for [...]

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Webinar presenter David Rogers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, “Report Writing for Probation Officers.” Here are a few of his responses.   Audience Question: Dave, you [...]

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Such a great thought from David Rogers of the Tribal Public Safety Innovations made during his webinar, "Report Writing for Probation Officers."   To learn more about Probation and Parole [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Kimberly Miller answered a number of your questions after her presentation, "Keeping Your Super Heroes Super." Here are a few of her responses.   Audience Question: Our [...]

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Webinar presenter Scott Kirshner answered a number of your questions after his presentation, "Officer Survival for Probation and Parole Officers." Here are a few of his responses.   [...]

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Webinar presenters Michelle Hart and Paul Ventura answered a number of your questions after their presentation, "The Importance and Role of Building Rapport for Effective Supervision." Here [...]

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Christina McCale

The dictionary definition of rapport is "a friendly, harmonious relationship.  Especially: a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy." "Friendly" or "harmonious" are [...]

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Christina McCale

One of the most common reactions a victim of domestic violence will experience is that of blame - "what did I do to deserve this?" or attempt to take the [...]

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Love this reference Dr. Ed Sherman made during his recent webinar, The Power of Resilient Leadership. Be sure to check out his recording for more insights and great resources. "Surprises [...]

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Christina McCale

Today's public safety professionals face incredible challenges: from life and death situations to agitated citizens, from on-going public scrutiny to ever-changing laws, and rising expectations. Perhaps one of the biggest [...]

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Webinar presenters Matthew Kail and Duane Bowers answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Creating a CulturOrganizationaloinal Wellness. Here are some of their responses.   Audience Question: Do [...]

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Webinar presenters Paul Ventura and Michelle Hart answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Case Supervision Practices. Here are some of their responses.       Audience Question: [...]

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Webinar presenters Paul Ventura and Tiffany Griffith answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Effective Use of Teams in Probation and Parole. Here are some of their [...]

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In the United States, shift work is defined as any regular work schedule that falls outside the standard work day of 9am to 5pm. Shift work includes swing shifts, which [...]

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Christina McCale

Those who strive to protect the Internet's youngest victims face incredible challenges - and can bear tremendous emotional tolls. Knowing this, many ICACs create support and wellness programs to give [...]

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Christina McCale

Probation and parole practices have changed and evolved over the last 20 years. Perhaps one of the most significant evolutions is the concept of not just trying to catch probationers or [...]

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Emotional Support for Mass Casualty Survivors
Duane T. Bowers, LPC
Christina McCale

Once the police tape is gone, what are the best ways to support survivors of traumatic events, like Mass Casualty Shootings? Check out our interview with trauma care expert and [...]

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Webinar presenter Duane Bowers answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Providing Wellness Support for Online Child Exploitation Personnel. Here are some of his responses.   Audience [...]

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Christina McCale

While supervision teams have become more common throughout the US, certain characteristics - such as effective communication and cohesive goals - are important to make these teams successful. Join us [...]

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Christina McCale

Many people have the mistaken idea that "pre-trial services" simply find ways to randomly release people from jail. But nothing could be further from the truth. By using evidence-based, decision-making [...]

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Christina McCale

Thanks to changing ideology to technology solutions, pretrial services is experiencing extraordinary change. But how can you incorporate and adapt to those changes in your own organization?   Join us [...]

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 Webinar presenters Tiffany Marsitto and Christopher Greenway answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Advanced Supervision Strategies: ASSET Management. Here are some of their responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Sara Mahoney answered a number of your questions after her presentation, The Domestic Violence Pre-Sentencing Investigation: From Start to Finish. Here are some of her responses.   Audience [...]

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Christina McCale

It's incomprehensible the grief a family must feel when one of its members has gone missing. But often we forget that the justice professionals who work a missing persons case [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders require a different approach to supervising them. Cunning and often manipulative, they can be among the most challenging of probationers to supervise. Check out this recorded webinar [...]

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Domestic violence is a widespread problem for both law enforcement and public health. Unfortunately, it gets swept under the rug. Despite how actions involved in domestic violence can result in [...]

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Amy Morgan

Ask a 4-year-old boy who he knows that most closely resembles a super-hero, and he will often shout out, “My DAD!” with great pride.  I remember my own Dad, when [...]

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Christina McCale

People use terms like "psychopath" or "manic" or "depressed" to describe others - often forgetting that these are actually mental health terms with real definitions and diagnoses. But how do [...]

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Christina McCale

Viewing images of child exploitation is nothing short of disturbing. But what if it was your job to find and remove images of children being harmed.... all day. Every day...? [...]

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Christina McCale

We continue our conversation with Marcia Williams, peer support specialist with Safe Call Now, to learn more about this organization and its unique network of services it provides to public [...]

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Christina McCale

  According to Badge of Life, "More cops die of suicide than are killed by gunfire and traffic accidents combined."And while there may be discussions or debate about the [...]

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Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders are unique: their chosen victims are those closest to him or her. Given this, different kinds of information, lines of questioning and tactics should be considered when [...]

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Christina McCale

In 2015, Coconino County Adult Probation started a special unit called Advanced Supervision Strategies and EPICS II Team (ASSET) designed for difficult probationers. The ASSET program incorporates cutting-edge evidence-based practices to [...]

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Christina McCale

Billions of dollars are spent each year by federal, state and local justice agencies in community corrections, jails, prisons, pretrial release, and specialty courts, but there is little written to [...]

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Christina McCale

Let's face it, sometimes government agency systems can be... frustrating? daunting to navigate? Some might even say demoralizing to the very people who need the services the most. Clients or [...]

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Christina McCale

Losing anyone to suicide is tragic. But losing a first responder represents a unique tragedy: someone who has spent their career putting others first, risking their life to save others [...]

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Based on a webinar, this infographic highlights how Arizona began shifting from a culture of detention to a culture of release at the pretrial stage with an emphasis on evidence-based [...]

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Christina McCale

Managing probation clients can be similar to managing employees: it's critical to make a connection with your clients. Such connections can help to set the tone and diretion of the [...]

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Christina McCale

While community-based supervision is an important part of any probation program, many supervisors could make bigger impacts with their clients by engaging in some simple, evidence-based practices that have been [...]

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Christina McCale

According to Badge of Life, a police suicide prevention program, 108 Law Enforcement Officers took their own lives in 2016.  While this does show a decline, this may not be all-inclusive, nor [...]

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