2021 National Training and Performance Conference

2021 National Training and Performance Conference
I4: Inspire • Integrate • Innovate • Interact
October 12-13, 2021

IACTP Members and Friends:

This year, IACTP, in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections, will host a virtual national conference focused on the theme of I4:

  • Inspire others to explore opportunities out of our comfort zone
  • Integrate our current best practices into our “new normal”
  • Innovate by creating new ways to connect with our customers/staff
  • Interact by creating and maintaining professional relationships to continue to share ideas and best practices

Please join us on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 for an exciting and engaging afternoon pre-conference session and then on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 for a full day of training and information sharing that you can incorporate into your agency’s training plans. IACTP hopes to provide quality and timely training; this event promises to be both, so don’t miss it. See details below.

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TENTATIVE AGENDA (times are Eastern)

IACTP National Training & Performance Conference – 2021

All times are Eastern Time

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021          

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm             Pre-Conference Workshop

Understanding the World of Corrections, So You Can Be More Effective: A Panel Discussion with the Tier Talk Experts.       Join us as Anthony Gangi and a panel of correctional experts discuss different topics related to what’s trending in corrections. This panel discussion is highly interactive and will cover topics that include correctional leadership, inmate manipulation, and bridging the gap between civilians and custody. Moderated by Anthony Gangi, Assistant Superintendent for State Corrections joined by panelists: Russell Hamilton, Gary York, Luis Soto, Connie Alleyne, and William Young.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021  

10:00 am – 11:00 am        President’s Welcome/Keynote

11:00 am – 12:30 pm        CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

#1 – Virtual Training – Engagement, Interaction & Collaboration Tools to Ensure Transfer of Learning

#2 – Are You Really Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Didactic vs. Immersive Experiential Models

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm           CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

#3 – Conducting Gender-Specific and Trauma- Responsive Programming in a Virtual Environment

#4 – Best of Both Worlds: The Neuroscience of Emotions and Behaviors (Part 1)

2:15 pm – 2:45pm               Lunch

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm             CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

#5 – Best of Both Worlds: The Neuroscience of Emotions and Behaviors (Part 2)

#6 – Tips for the Corrections Trainer: What I Have Learned in 35 years

4:15pm – 4:30pm                Break

4:30pm – 6:00pm                CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

#7 – Innovative New Partnerships to Value Staff

#8 – Staff Wellness and Dynamic Security: Training for Better Health and Better Outcomes

REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE

We hope to see you in-person soon. Until then, stay safe and connect with IACTP leadership if we can support your training efforts.

Future Conference Locations

  • 2022 – Maine

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION (Tuesday, October 12th)

Understanding the World of Corrections, So You Can Be More Effective, A Panel Discussion with the Tier Talk Experts

Join us as Anthony Gangi and a panel of correctional experts discuss different topics related to what’s trending in corrections. This panel discussion is highly interactive and will cover topics that include correctional leadership, inmate manipulation, and bridging the gap between civilians and custody.

Moderated by Anthony Gangi, Assistant Superintendent for State Corrections joined by panelists: Russell Hamilton, Gary York, Luis Soto, Connie Alleyne, and William Young.

Learning Objectives:                            

  1. Learn correctional leadership qualities; Being a leader in Corrections is not the same as being a supervisor. Great correctional leadership builds on trust, integrity and value. They influence and are opened to be influenced by staff. Good correctional leadership knows that their main priority is all about the people they manage.
  2. Learn how corrections all staff need to work together as one; Bridging the gap between custody and non-uniform staff. It’s time for civilians and custody to work together. It’s time for us to build an understanding of each departments needs and how collectively we are more effective.
  3. Learn manipulative tactics inmates will employ to manipulate staff; The biggest threat to our correctional facilities is inmate manipulation. It’s time we recognize the signs and mentally prepare ourselves for the games inmates will play. In the end, inmate manipulation is a slow and faceless enemy that has the ability to destroy a correctional facility from within.

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS (Wednesday, October 13th)

#1 – Virtual Training – Engagement, Interaction & Collaboration Tools to Ensure Transfer of Learning

Virtual training requires extra attention to keep participants active in the learning process. This session will use tips from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to guide trainers on best practice for using engagement, interaction, and collaboration tools to ensure transfer of learning.

Ashley Kerr, Training Officer, Corrections Training Academy, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Learning Objectives. After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a new engagement idea to use in their virtual trainings
  • Identify a new interaction technique to engage participants
  • Identify a new collaboration tool to use in their trainings

#2 – Are You Really Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Didactic vs. Immersive Experiential Models

Teaching emotional intelligence skills has become important. But are you teaching them in the most effective, transforming and permanent way? Assessing didactic vs. experiential vs. immersive experiential training models.

John Shuford, President, Collaborative Resolution Services, Inc. (North Carolina)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what emotional intelligence skills are
  • Learn how to effectively teach the skills
  • Learn how to integrate emotional intelligence skills training into existing training programs.

#3 – Conducting Gender-Specific and Trauma- Responsive Programming in a Virtual Environment

This session will cover how a few Wyoming Department of Corrections staff members has navigated facilitating a gender-specific, trauma-responsive program (“Healing Trauma” from Dr. Stephanie Covington) in a virtual environment due to COVID-19. This program has been facilitated with female offenders under community supervision virtually via Google Meets. We will cover insights we have gained on keeping group members safe in a virtual environment when discussing sensitive topics, how to provide follow-up services when you can’t meet with individuals in-person, and other best practices.

Lauren Kenney, Prison Division Training Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Corrections

Learning Objectives

  • Understand virtual considerations when conducting gender-specific, trauma-responsive curriculum
  • Understand action items your agency can take to still facilitate said programming on a virtual platform
  • Recognize the importance of programming for special populations in a COVID-world 

#4 – Best of Both Worlds: The Neuroscience of Emotions and Behaviors (Part 1)

Science has finally proven us right. Frontline staff have known for decades that emotions and behaviors are driven by survival experiences and they are contagious. Now neuroscience can prove it right down to the firing of a synapse.

Kellie Rhodes, Founder/ CEO, The Limbic Legacy (Colorado)

Learning Objectives

  • How to identify the survival experiences that drive “deviant” emotions and behaviors.
  • A tactile method for understanding the aggregation of emotions
  • A method to help prevent and predict aggression and violence

#5 – Best of Both Worlds: The Neuroscience of Emotions and Behaviors (Part 2)

This session is a continuation of Workshop #4. You should remain in this session to receive the remaining material.Science has finally proven us right. Frontline staff have known for decades that emotions and behaviors are driven by survival experiences and they are contagious. Now neuroscience can prove it right down to the firing of a synapse.

Kellie Rhodes, Founder/ CEO, The Limbic Legacy (Colorado)

Learning Objectives

  • See Learning Objectives listed in Session #4 (this workshop is a continuation of that session)

#6 – Tips for the Corrections Trainer: What I Have Learned in 35 years

Training is a constant challenge for the corrections trainer. The trainer must keep the topic relevant, present in a way that sparks interest in the trainees, and find the best venue to present it in. This seminar will present some ‘tricks of the trade’ which have served me well over 35 years of being a corrections trainer, at both the recruit and in-service levels. This advice will include making objectives interesting, researching the topic and keeping alive the interest in the topic, using innovative and unusual methods of instruction.

Gary F. Cornelius, Deputy Sheriff Lt. (Ret.), Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Sheriff

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the challenges of presenting corrections training to your agency
  • Learning several methods of researching the topic
  • Learning some innovative ways to keep any training session interesting

#7 – Innovating New Partnerships to Value Staff

The Missouri Department of Corrections has partnered with many different entities in the last couple of years to provide our staff with new opportunities for personal, mental, and professional growth. We want our staff to know they are valued in every way.

Loris Lewis, Assistant Division Director; Shelly Carson, Curriculum Design Manager; Meckenzie Hays, Trauma Specialist, Missouri Department of Corrections with Pause First Staff and Missouri State Technical College Staff

 Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to discuss 3 specialized programs being used by the Missouri Department of Corrections to support and benefit staff.

#8 – Staff Wellness and Dynamic Security: Training for Better Health and Better Outcomes

AMEND at UCSF and the Norwegian Correctional Service, in partnership with the North Dakota and Washington Departments of Corrections, have developed security staff trainings centered on the concept of dynamic security that promote staff wellness and better outcomes for incarcerated people. Dynamic security complements static (walls, cells, cameras) and organizational (staffing plans, policies, routines) security with a focus on building positive, professional relationships between staff and residents. These relationships require independent judgment, communication skills, and a commitment to supporting residents on their rehabilitative goals. Measurable gains in security and staff wellness result, reflecting a more energetic, engaged, and professional workforce.

Cyrus Ahalt, Chief Program Officer, AMEND at UCSF, Jean Delozier, Director of Training, North Dakota Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation ++ ONE more Co-Presenter

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to define dynamic security and describe its effective application in real world scenarios.
  • Participants will understand the connections between dynamic security and staff wellness and be able to integrate staff wellness goals into dynamic security training.
  • Participants will be able to identify areas of practice in their systems where targeted dynamic security training could improve outcomes for both staff and residents.