Over 1,000 Community Corrections Officers Meet in Indianapolis

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 17, 2024 ~ Indianapolis, IN - The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is set to host its annual training institute, recognized as the largest gathering for both juvenile and adult community corrections officers in America. The event, which will take place from June 27 to July 1, will offer a variety of sessions that delve into challenging topics, share words of encouragement, and celebrate success stories.

The hybrid event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 in-person attendees and hundreds of virtual participants. Among the pre-training offerings is the 3rd Annual Women's Symposium on Thursday, June 27. Titled "Wellness Unveiled: Women Inspiring Women – Empowerment through Unity," this personal and professional development event will feature speakers Dr. Alexandra Walker and Dr. Topeka Sam.

The opening session on Friday, June 28 at 5:00pm will include State Representative Carolyn Jackson, Mayor Joseph Hogsett, the Honorable Loretta Rush, and Commissioner Christina Reagle. Keynote speaker Michael DeLeon will also take the stage to share his cautionary tale as a recovering addict, convicted felon, and former gang member. DeLeon is a national leader in recidivism reduction, addiction advocacy, criminal justice reform, and prevention.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to attend intensive sessions throughout the event that focus on key topics in community corrections such as physical and mental health for probation officers (POs), administering an Impaired Driving Assessment, motivational interview skills, building specialized mental health caseloads, and supervising high-risk clients.

One of the highlights of the training institute will be the unveiling of APPA's first ever National Standards for Community Supervision on Saturday, June 29 at 2:00pm. This historic moment is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for POs to witness the publication of these national standards.

On Saturday evening, June 29, APPA will recognize over 30 graduates from its Leadership Institute. This 12-month program focuses on learning, self-discovery, and organizational change for community corrections professionals and aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the field.

The training institute will conclude on Monday, July 1 at 11:00am with a keynote speech from Chef Jeff Henderson. Henderson is an award-winning chef, bestselling author, philanthropist, television personality, and leader in personal and professional development for formerly incarcerated individuals. After serving nearly ten years in prison, he discovered his passion for cooking and worked his way up to become the executive chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas.

For more information about the training institute or to schedule an interview with APPA's Marketing and Communications Manager Amberly Brislin, please contact her at 859-244-8038.
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