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Thinking for a Change - Training for Trainers

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t4c graphic The National Institute of Corrections offers Thinking for a Change Training for Trainers to qualified criminal justice professionals or qualifying government contractors. NIC does not offer training to private or non-profit organizations. This year's T4T is a 73-hour blended learning event with 5 weeks of interactive online training culminating with three and half days of on-site training at the National Institute of Corrections - Training Academy in Aurora, CO.

Blended Learning Experience (Online Learning & Face to Face Learning)

  • Online Learning: The virtual instructor led training (VILT) sessions will be online twice a week for the first 5 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays: January 22, 25, 29, February 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 22.
  • Face to Face Learning: The 3 and half day instructor led training (ILT) will be Monday through Thursday, February 26-29 @ National Corrections Academy, Aurora, CO.

Please see the Sample Agenda on the bottom of the page for more detailed information on the training agenda.

*Training is subject to cancellation if funding is unavailable.

Below are the course pre-requisites:

  • Applicants must be employed by or contracted with a governmental corrections agency.
  • Application requires establishment of teams of at least two eligible candidates (max of 3). NIC will only accept one application per agency.

Each applicant must also provide the following:

  • Proof of 32 hours of T4C Facilitator Training
  • Verification of delivery of two full rounds of T4C with correctional clients,
  • A 5-minute video demonstrating T4C facilitation skills and curriculum knowledge, and
  • Approval letter signed by your Agency CEO.

Please note: Thinking for a Change Training for Trainers offered by NIC is at no cost to register. This is a NIC hosted event, therefore NIC will cover the cost for airline travel, and reimburse each participant for all other travel, lodging, and per diem costs. However, participants will be responsible for the costs associated with printing their training manual and intersession assignments. NIC recommends that a minimum of two staff members register from each interested agency.

Please Click Here to add your information to the interest list for Thinking for a Change - Training for Trainers.

Please send questions to DET-NICT4CSupport-S@bop.gov

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Thinking for a Change Training for Trainers

A blended learning event, culminating with an on-site event

SAMPLE AGENDA

Week 1

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Practice Session Log in NIC

Orientation NIC

Monday, 4/24

11:00 – 13:15 CDT

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Whole Group

2.25 hours
Pre-Session Work

Due prior to Agency Readiness VILT

Complete Pre-session homework in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

1 hour
Program Overview & Agency Readiness

Thursday, 4/27

09:00 - 11:00 CDT

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Whole Group

2 .25 hours
Inter-session 1; Assignment #1

Thursday, 4/27

11:00 - 13:00 CDT

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

.5 hour
How to Host/Produce

Thursday 4/27

13:00 – 15:00 CDT

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Whole Group / Small Groups

2.25 hours
Inter-session Assignment #2

Thursday 4/27

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

2.25 hour

Week 2

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Practice Lab: Producer & Implementation

Monday 5/01

13:00 – 15:00 CDT

Participant created/ran VILT’s Practice Lab Sessions

3 teams (VILTs)

2 hours
Program Implementation

Thursday, 5/04

09:00 – 11:00 CDT

Round Robin

3 Teams

2 hours

Inter-session Assignment

(include Sandbox session)

Thursday, 5/04

11:00 – 12:45 CDT

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

1.75 hour
Social Skills

Thursday, 5/04

12:45 – 15:00 CDT

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

Whole Group

2.25 hours

Inter-session Assignment #4

(Sandbox session)

Thursday, 5/04

15:00 – 17:00 CDT

Independent time for individuals small groups to practice skills

2 hours

Week 3

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Practice Lab: Social Skills

Monday, 5/08

13:00 – 15:00 CDT

Practice Lab Sessions

3 teams (VILTs)

2 hours
Inter-session Assignments #5

Monday, 5/08

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

.5 hour
Cognitive Self-Change**

Thursday, 5/11

08:45 – 11:00 CDT

Whole Group (VILT)

2.25 hours
Inter-session Work #6 (optional: include Sandbox session)

Thursday, 5/11

13:00 – 15:00 CDT

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

2 hours
Cognitive Self Change Practice Lab

Thursday, 5/11

15:00 – 17:00 CDT

Practice Lab Sessions

3 Teams (VILTs)

2.0 hours
Inter-session Assignments #7

Thursday, 5/11

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

.5 hours

Week 4

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Problem Solving, pt. 1

Monday, 5/15

08:45 – 11:00 CDT

Round Robin

Whole Group (VILT)

2.25 hours

Inter-session Assignments

#8 & #9

Monday, 5/15

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

.5 hour
Problem Solving, pt. 2

Thursday, 5/18

08:45 – 11:00 CDT

Round Robin

Whole Group (VILT)

2.25 hours
Learning On-line (Orientation)

Thursday, 5/18

13:00 – 15:00 CDT

Round Robin

3 Teams

2 hours
Inter-session Work # 10

Thursday, 5/18

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

2.25 hours

Week 5

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Performance Feedback and Preparing for the ILT Training Experience *

Thursday, 5/25

08:45 – 11:00 CDT

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) Whole Group

2.25 hours

Inter-session Assignments #11

Checklists

Thursday, 5/25

Complete intersession assignments in Learning Plan prior to next VILT

1 hours
Practice Lab

To be determined by Coach

Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)

3 Teams – Preparation for ILT

2.25 hours

Week 6

TOPIC

DAY/TIME

FORMAT

DURATION

Advanced Practicum:

Apply learned skills by trying out in front of trainers and peers

ILT: NCA Aurora, CO

May 30, 31, June 1, 2017

08:00 – 17:00 MST

June 02, 2017

08:00 – 12:00 MST

Instructor-Led Training (ILT) (Face-to-face, classroom-based learning)

28 hours

Total = 73 Hours

ADDITIONAL:

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