The Association for Probation and Parole (APPA) held their Winter Institute this past January in Houston, Texas. DCJ is proud that we had five employees present in four different workshops: Jocelyn Baker, Ian Clanton, Pat Schreiner, Scott Taylor, and Christi Winters.
The APPA Institutes are the largest national training institute for community corrections offering workshops, and special sessions for people working in the community corrections field. Presenters are chosen by a planning committee of community corrections professionals to present on the latest theories and newest technologies. Having four different workshops at this Institute is an accomplishment for Multnomah County, demonstrating the range and depth of work we are doing that is worth sharing around the country.
- Scott Taylor joined colleagues from the National Center for State Courts in Colorado and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice to share what they have learned about implementing Evidence Based Practices (EBP) in their agencies. They shared tips that they have learned implementing EBP as well as tips that they have learned during consulting visits with agencies with whom the National Center for State Courts are working.
- Pat Schreiner also joined colleagues from the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute to highlight DCJ’s effort to translate research into practice, sharing the story of the journey of implementing the Effective Practices in Community Supervision Model (EPICS). They shared the research behind the EPICS model, along with the implementation process including barriers, problem solving attempts, and the successes of implementation.
- Jocelyn Baker and Ian Clanton presented a workshop offering basic information regarding the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). They shared statistics about the issue, dispelled commonly-held beliefs and stereotypes that promote CSEC, and learned ways to challenge those belief systems in their work. The presentation also provided tools to better facilitate working with youth who have been sexually exploited or are at risk of exploitation.
- Christ Winters presented on DCJ’s fully-operational computer forensics lab that is dedicated to serving community justice agencies in Oregon. She provided an overview of computer forensics and a sample of forensics tools available to law enforcement that will uncover these secrets while at the same time preserving digital evidence. DCJ has the only forensics lab in the county that is dedicated to serving community justice so Christi’s presentation served as a valuable source of information for other places looking into this technology.