Public Safety Trauma-Informed 103: CIT for Parole & Probation Officers, Community Corrections, & Court Staff
This class will provide Parole & Probation Officers, Community Corrections personnel, and Court Staff an understanding of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques, officer safety, an overview of mental illness and diagnoses, suicide assessment, utilization of community resources, and self-care. With an emphasis on Law Enforcement interactions in crisis situations involving clients and family members with mental health problems, the presenter will utilize didactic and experiential learning strategies, and incorporate case studies and examples as applicable. The range of topics to be addressed include: crisis intervention techniques, mental illness and developmental disabilities, suicide assessment, officer safety, case law, ethics, liability issues, and self-care for Parole & Probations Officers, Community Corrections personnel, and Court Staff. The ethical responsibility of incorporating self-care as a foundational priority for work in the legal and court system will also be addressed in this day-long workshop.
Participants will be able to:
- Differentiate mental illnesses from developmental disabilities.
- Identify at least four de-escalation techniques when engaging clients in crisis.
- Describe four barriers that prevent effective communication with clients who have mental illness.
- Identify three ethical bases for engaging in reflection and self-care.
Course Developers and Presenters:
Sherry L. Harden, Psy.D., ABPP
In practice for 23 years, Dr. Harden began specializing in services to First Responders and Public Safety Agencies in 1998, after graduating from George Fox University. She graduated from WCSO Reserve Academy the same year she was licensed as a psychologist in Oregon (2000), and continued as a Special Deputy as the Team Psychologist for the WCSO CNU.
Dr. Harden provides evaluations, therapy, consultation, and training for (primarily) public safety individuals, families, and organizations. She also provides supervision for Psychologist Residents and students. She has had the opportunity to attend FBI Negotiator school in Quantico (2000), conduct evaluations in Antarctica (2004), and present research in Singapore (2016). Another highlight for Dr. Harden, was serving alongside other psychologists in Rwanda in 2011, learning and exchanging information about healing from community trauma in the aftermath of genocide. Her current passion involves research and training in ethics, ethical failures and their causes, and the effects of trauma on first responders’ decision-making and emotional health.
Jason Jones has served as a police officer in Oregon since 1999. He has devoted his career to crisis intervention, community policing, youth delinquency prevention programs, homeless outreach and empowering domestic violence survivors. Prior to police service, he worked as a probation officer, specializing in collaborative-based programs.
Mr. Jones currently serves as an adjunct instructor at area community colleges and two universities where he has developed curriculum for over twenty-five courses. He also assists as an instructor with the State of Oregon’s Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. In his spare time, Mr. Jones works as a consultant on international development projects, focusing on social crime prevention, justice and public safety initiatives. Mr. Jones holds a Master of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from California State University at Dominguez Hills.
Our cancellation policy
We reserve the right to cancel a Continuing Education Course and refund all fees in the event of insufficient registration. Participants who cancel their registration will receive a 90% refund when notice is given at least 7 days prior to the course date.
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