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Online Training & Best Practices Resources

Online Training and Best Practices Resources

Online Training Resources:

The National Institute of Corrections:


  • Free Registration for Trainings
  • The online catalog features interactive web trainings that the following topics: Administrative Professions, Communication, Computer Skills, Corrections Topics, Perosnal Development, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Leadership, Management, Mentoring, Diversity, Writing and Grammar, Project Management, Safety and Wellness, Team Building, Training, and Working with Difficult People.

Notes: *All descriptions and Information from NIC's Website

NICIC Class Recommendations:

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): Overview - This course provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI). By using specific techniques and applying MI, corrections professionals can help increase offenders’ motivation to make changes in their lives that will reduce their likelihood of reoffending. This course is a self-study orientation course and resource for corrections professionals as well as a classroom aid for supervisors and trainers. Estimated duration: 1 hour

NIC Frontline Learning Center

The Frontline Learning Center is available to correctional officers, detention officers, probation and parole officers, re-entry specialists, correctional health professionals, and other correctional line staff wishing to take NIC e-courses. Learn more by reading the Frontline article in NIC's National Jail Exchange.   

NIC PREA Learning Center

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law September 4, 2003 and supports the elimination, reduction and prevention of sexual assault within the corrections systems. The PREA learning Center provides access to all corrections professionals wishing to complete the e-course, Your Role: Responding to Sexual Abuse.

The Pew Center

Video: Reducing Recidivsm 5 minutes. States spend $50 billion a year on corrections, yet more than four out of ten prisoners wind up back behind bars within three years of release. States can break this cycle of recidivism, and save money, by implementing evidence-based programs and policies including risk assessment, fiscal incentives and swift and certain sanctions.

Evidence Based Practices

Evidence Based Decision Making Framework:

Collaboration Resources:

State Justice Institute:

Collaborative Justice Resource Center

  • Collaboration: A Training Curriculum to Enhance the Effectiveness of Criminal Justice Teams (2005)
    • http://www.collaborativejustice.org/docs/2005%20Collaboration%20Curriculum.pdf

Collaboration Publications:

Evidence Based Policymaking:

Evidence Based Programming Implementation:



 Post Conviction:

The National Institute of Corrections: EBP Resource Center

Implementing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Community Corrections, 2nd Edition

Implementing EBP in CC: Quality Assurance Manual

Tools of the Trade: a guide to incorporating science into practice

2011 CGS Justice Center: A Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism

                                                                                                 Cognitive Behavioral Treatment and Curricula

Skill Development:

Additional Resources:

The Carey Group: Complimentary Resources

Performance Metrics