DPS Staff Present at APPA in Chicago

In August, staff from the Division of Parole Supervision (DPS) were invited to present at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) 47th Annual Training Institute in Chicago.  On August 28th, Parole Officer Heather Schultze, Parole Officer Russ Schultze and Director Julie Micek presented Put Me In (To) Coach: Building Group Facilitators in Community Supervision.  During this session, they discussed the lessons learned implementing the cognitive behavioral group CBI4NE1.

On August 29th, Acting Parole Supervisor Heather Roberson and Training Supervisor Denny Campbell presented Targeted Coaching for Performance Improvement: A Structured Approach.  During this session, they discussed the performance coaching model that DPS has developed and refined over the past 5 years.

Both presentations drew large audiences and were very well received.  Director Micek addressed the agency following the event: “It has been a dream of mine that our staff would go to a national conference and present our work.  I was so proud to stand next to our team and watch all of our hard work pay off. We offered and shared what we know works and all of the evidence-based principles we have embraced. A big thank you to all the people who have been involved in these projects behind the scenes. Many of you have worked to collect data, write protocols and do the less than glamorous work that makes us look so good.”

DPS staff will deliver 4 presentations at the APPA Regional Training Institute in Omaha in February, 2023.