Our agency workshops target Probation, Parole agencies, workers and supervisors from Law Enforcement agencies, Judicial officers, and Social Service agencies. The purpose of the probation workshops is to reacquaint employees with their culture and mission. Our goal is to help overworked officers bring compassion, joy, and pride back into their work. They so often deal with difficult, manipulative, and uncooperative offenders that they have lost sight of the potential victims that they are protecting.
These same officers and workers can become overworked and disillusioned in their work, thus causing a dullness of their senses and a hesitancy to do more than the minimum. Situational awareness and thoroughness is the cornerstone of the work they do. They can become desensitized to triggers and red flags in their everyday work.
If they “Just Ask Themselves to Care” they will discover lifesaving skills that by taking the extra time to search a house or backyard a life can be saved. Being completely familiar with a client and officer/worker can learn to identify behavioral clues that will heighten their sensitivity to unseen situations and complications. Complacency can lead to missed clues and potential actions that can mean life or death.
We have developed a curriculum for experiential workshops for this population. The workshops serve 12-16 participants in each 6 hour workshop. A noon meal is provided. We are approved in the state of Missouri for POST (Police Officer Standard Training) accreditation, so officers receiving services can apply for continuing education credit. Accreditation in the state of California is pending.
Some issues covered:
- Review rules and regulations for probation officers. (Overview)
- Maintaining composure in stressful situations and dealing with the individuals on probation with calmness and empathy.
- Understanding client needs and responding with respect and sincerity.
- Meeting and following through with commitments,
- Role as a team member, supporting co-workers, and establishing good work relationships.
If you are interested in discussing a workshop for employees in your agency or department, please see the form on our Contact page. If your request for service is granted, the Foundation may cover the cost of all professional leaders/facilitators/and facility fees.