Detention Center Staff Trained in National Institute of Corrections Curriculum
Three Sheriff’s Office employees and one volunteer successfully completed facilitator training in the Thinking for a Change (T4C) curriculum for offenders. The four-day training at the Alexandria Probation & Parole Office concluded on Thursday, June 26, with Lisa Stapleton, Chief of Alexandria Probation & Parole, and Chief Deputy Wendy Webb congratulating all the participants, including Reentry Counselor Denise Costley, Classification Counselor Andrea Hancock, Deputy Todd Stubblefield and Michael Price, a Sheriff’s Office volunteer.
The Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) conducted the training to develop a pool of facilitators to implement T4C classes in the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center for inmates who are getting ready to reenter the community. Staff from the VADOC (Probation & Parole), Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services (substance abuse services and Virginia CARES), Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Friends of Guest House, and Offender Aid and Restoration, as well as citizen and faith-based volunteers, also participated in the training.
Thinking for a Change was developed by the National Institute of Corrections and is a 25-session, evidence-based cognitive behavioral intervention that promotes thinking and behavior change. Participating in that process gives offenders hope and correctional professionals the sense of making a difference. The model targets change in offenders around social skills, cognitive self-change, and problem solving skills.
This training is part of a comprehensive strategy developed by the Alexandria Reentry Council to address the many and complex needs of men and women who are returning home from jail or prison. The Reentry Council is a multi-disciplinary workgroup formed in January 2011 to examine existing resources and to effect policy and procedural changes that promote success of these individuals and reduce recidivism.
Photo: (l-r) Alexandria Probation and Parole Chief Lisa Stapleton, Classification Counselor Andrea Hancock, Reentry Counselor Denise Costley, Chief Deputy Wendy Webb, volunteer Michael Price and Deputy Todd Stubblefield.