Training and Testing Updates - Updated 8/31/2020
In-person testing will resume for the probation officer and CSAMS exams. Test applicants will be sent complete details on safety protocols that will be implemented along with links to register for upcoming exam dates and times. Safety protocols include, but are not limited to, temperature scanning before entering the testing room, social distancing, routine sanitization of testing areas and equipment, mandatory use of face masks and availability of PPE to testing applicants.
Plans have been developed for testing in a virtual environment if an exception/accommodation is necessary. Considerations for exceptions would include, but not limited to, local policies prohibiting travel or if the testing applicant is at a higher risk for severe illness. IOCS will monitor all exams administered remotely and an approved on-site proctor will be required. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis and we will do our best to make accommodations when necessary. We will continue to monitor the current situation with COVID-19 and will make adjustments as needed.
New Staff Orientations and Trainings
Our annual trainings and orientations for Probation, Problem-Solving Courts and Court Alcohol and Drug Programs will be held virtually for the remainder of 2020. Most sessions will be recorded and offered on-demand through our Learning Management System (LMS). However, there will be some live sessions planned on the date of the regularly scheduled event staff will be required to attend. Please continue to register staff using the registrations links below. Once your staff is registered, they will receive additional information regarding how to access the virtual training sessions.
Please contact Chad Long firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions concerning the updates to our testing and training process.
|September 3||CSAMS and PO Exam||
201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor
|October 15||CSAMS and PO Exam||201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
|October 20-22||New PO Orientation||Virtual Training||Probation|
|October 20||Criminal Justice Training||Virtual Training||A&D|
|November 5||CSAMS and PO Exam||201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
|November 18-19||New PSC Judge Orientation||Virtual Training||PSC|
|December 3||CSAMS and PO Exam||201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204
|December 8-9||Substance Abuse Characteristics Training||Virtual Training||A&D|
|December 15||PRT Facilitator Workshop||Virtual Training||Probation|
|December 16||PRT Orientation||Virtual Training||Probation|
The Indiana Office of Court Services offers several trainings for probation officers, certified court alcohol and drug staff, and certified problem-solving courts. A description of each training is listed below. To request a training, please click this Request for Training link. Also see our list of online resources that includes sites that provide some interactive and self-paced learning opportunities as well as job relevant information in the form of articles, publications, and links to other helpful resources.
Carey Guides/BITS Training Description (1 or 2 days): We are currently only providing electronic licenses to probation officers and IDOC will provide electronic licenses for community corrections staff that attend the training.
A skills-based training for line staff and supervisors on the use of Carey Group Publishing’s Carey Guides and BITS (Brief Intervention Tools) to effectively address offender skill deficits, criminogenic needs, and enhance case management through these interventions. The objectives include becoming familiar with the Carey Guides and BITS, understanding how to use the tools effectively, and developing skills to use the Carey Guides and BITS as interventions in one-on-one sessions.
Case Management Training Description (2 days):
The case management training is designed to give probation officers the skills necessary to develop high quality, assessment-driven offender case plans. The specific topics covered in this training include: reviewing the foundational case management skills, developing an effective case plan, engaging an offender in the case planning process, and making use of community resources. All participants will be provided with workbooks, have the opportunity to practice each of the skills, and receive feedback on their performance.
EPICS Training Description (3 days + 5 coaching sessions): *pre-requisition - Case Management Training
The EPICS model is designed to teach probation officers how to apply the principles of effective intervention and core correctional practices within the context of their one-on-one contact sessions with offenders. The EPICS model is designed to use a combination of monitoring, referrals, and face-to-face interactions to provide the offender with a sufficient dosage of treatment interventions and make the best possible use of time to develop a collaborative working relationship. Furthermore, the model helps translate the risk, need, and responsivity principles into practice. Probation officers are taught to increase the dosage of services to higher risk offenders, stay focused on criminogenic needs (especially the thought-behavior link), and use a social learning, cognitive-behavioral approach in their interactions with offenders. With the EPICs model, officers are taught to follow a structured approach to their interactions with offenders.
EPICS Coaching Sessions and Audio-Recordings (5 sessions):
Five coaching sessions will occur after the initial EPICS training at a rate of approximately one every 4-6 weeks. Each coaching session has two components:
(1) a pre-coaching conference call for supervisors; and
(2) a video conference call for officers and supervisors.
In addition, participants must also submit one audiotape per coaching session (five total). It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that all of the audio-recordings are uploaded to the website on time.
Trained reviewers will code the audiotapes for level of adherence to core correctional practices. Officers will receive written feedback on their audiotapes from the coaching sessions, which will indicate which components the officer satisfactorily completed and which components need improvement. The scores from these tapes will also be used to develop a skill profile for each officer for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of use of skills on recidivism.
Interviewing Skills Training Description (4 hours):
This training will provide education regarding the skills necessary to collect information during an interview in order to score any actuarial assessment correctly for the purpose of developing and implementing a plan to reduce the risk of recidivism. This training will address risk, the importance of interviewing without bias, troubleshooting common challenges associated with administering assessments, and learning and practicing skills throughout an interview in order to elicit accurate information.
Real Colors® (2-3 hours):
Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to: understand human behavior, uncover motivators specific to each temperament, and improve communication with others. The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Type Test: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange. Participants will gain an understanding of the four colors (each corresponding to a personality type), discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum, learn to recognize characteristics of each of the four colors, and discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color.
A separate training form is required for each training requested.