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Spotlighting ACA's training division.

Imagine that you've been placed in charge of a new state-of-the-art facility with all the staff and equipment you need--with one catch. Your staff have no experience working in corrections and they haven't received any job training, The inmates arrive tomorrow.

It's an extreme example, but it illustrates an important point: Education may prepare people to seek employment in a particular field, but it does not prepare them for specific jobs in a specific organization.

In today's correctional environment, training is the key to an effective work force and a smooth-running facility. With training budgets tight, agencies must make the most of their limited resources.

Does this mean staff can receive only minimal training? Not necessarily. An outside partner can help a facility stretch those dollars and help them provide vital, up-to-date training. Meet your reliable training partner: ACA.

ACA's Training Division is devoted to staff development. Under the direction of John "Jack" Greene III, 20 ACA employees strive to provide high-quality, cost-effective training to corrections professionals at all levels.

Some of the division's major projects and services include the following:

On-site workshops. The division works in conjunction with a large network of trainers to conduct a variety of training workshops, including sessions such as "Interpersonal Communication," "Brief Solution Oriented Counseling," "Diagnosing the Organization" and "Effective Writing." For more information, contact Rosalie Rosetti or Deby Doubroff.

Correspondence Courses. Staff research, develop and produce correctional correspondence courses. Participants receive a certificate of completion from ACA and are eligible to receive continuing education credits from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, students may earn college credits through Salve Regina University's Credit by Examination Program. For more information, contact Diane Geiman, Denise Flannery or Trish Cece.

Adult projects. Division staff direct and administer numerous grants and contracts, including "Gangs in Correctional Facilities: A National Assessment," "Correctional Technology: A User's Guide" and "Field Evaluation: A Prison Setting." In addition, staff are working with the Alaska Department of Corrections to study and update its classification system. For more information on these projects, contact Gwyn Ingley.

Juvenile projects. Projects and grants handled by this section include "private Sector Options for Juvenile Corrections," "Training in Cultural Differences for Law Enforcement/Juvenile Justice Practitioners," "Testing Juvenile Detainees for Illegal Drug Use" and the "James E. Gould Memorial for Training and Technical Assistance for Juvenile Detention and Corrections" grant. In addition, staff have recently completed production of a video history titled "Juvenile Justice in the United States" and are currently coordinating "Achieving Correctional Excellence: A New Horizon Program," offered in conjunction with The Pacific Institute. For more information, contact Lloyd Mixdorf.

All ACA Training Division staff can be reached at (301) 206-5045.
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Title Annotation:American Correctional Association
Publication:Corrections Today
Date:Feb 1, 1993
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