One-Day Trainings

The Wisconsin Correctional Association is happy to announce that we will be offering an opportunity for Corrections Professionals to earn Continuing Education Units. WCA has partnered up with the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Behavioral Health Training Partnership to provide a 6 hour workshop on Trauma Informed Care.  CEUs are available.

August 11, 2017
9:00 am
Free to WCA Members    $40 for non-members
Fox Lake Correctional Institution - Kolb Center
W10237 Lake Emily Road
Fox Lake, WI 53933
(NOTE: The Kolb Center is located across the street from the institution entrance.)

Lunch is provided
Please RSVP by August 1st to Richard Skime

                                                     Why Trauma Informed Care for Correctional Staff?
There is much research that is being done on Adverse Childhood Experiences (traumatic events) and how ACE’S (Adverse Childhood Experiences) impact us all, including the population in the criminal justice system.  ACE’s affect physical and emotional health, and there is a biological explanation for this.  Changes occur in the brain that put people at risk for poor health outcomes. Among these changes are certain ones that increase the likelihood of negative, unhealthy, and oppositional behavior. This shift predisposes the individual for moving down a path toward ever more serious offending.

Among other things, this training session will explore this neurological shift, or shift in how the brain functions. This interactive exploration will cover our two primary modes of behavior- approach behavior and avoidance behavior. Both systems are necessary for growth and well-being, although the latter system of avoidance is principally designed to ensure survival and protection from threats so that approach can operate well. ACEs tend to cause avoidance to be the primary mode of behavior. This has major implications for mental health and well-being not only for those incarcerated but for staff as well.

This 6-hour training session will lay the foundation for understanding how trauma impacts the brain and behavior and provides practical, useful insights and strategies for working with individuals in the correctional system in a trauma-informed manner. Basic principles of such work will be explored and a basic continuum of strategies presented, from preventing escalation (or the brain’s shift into avoidance survival reactions) to helping individuals think about themselves and their lives in ways that are more likely to foster positive, cooperative behaviors and, when feasible, goals for their future.

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