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Full Courses

Course Descriptions
Probation Officer Training Program
Face-to-Face Courses

All face-to-face courses are 5.5 hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Introduction to Assessment and Case Planning
During this face-to-face course, faculty will describe how to: assess risk, develop goals, prioritize services, remove barriers and re-assess progress. Also covered are the techniques research has shown to work best in managing offenders and reducing risk.

Professional Communication: Oral and Written Communication Skills
Communication is probably the skill probation officers use the most but for which they receive the least training. In this face-to-face course, faculty will assist officers in developing oral and written communication skills to gather and relay information effectively to judges, supervisors, colleagues, and offenders.

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
Changing the way offers think is critical for effecting behavior change. During this face-to-face course, faculty will outline the themes and characteristics of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions. Participants will review several evidence-based tools they can use with offenders to assist them in making more pro-social decisions.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
During this face-to-face course, faculty will explain the typical steps people follow when they change a behavior and how to best work with offenders in each step. Faculty will introduce some key concepts of Motivational Interviewing, an approach that accesses the offenders' internal motivation for change rather than using external pressure. Also covered will be some common traps POs fall into when working with offenders.

Introduction to Offender Skill Building
The development of new pro-social skills is crucial to offenders sustaining long-term behavior change. In this face-to-face course, faculty will review effective models for skill building with offenders. Also covered will be a seven step model for Structured Skill Building and role modeling.

Introduction to Offender Behavior Management
In this face-to-face course, faculty will demonstrate ways to effectively manage offender's behavior. Using proven techniques, such as reinforcements for pro-social behavior and effective disapproval of unwanted behavior, officers encounter less resistance and see faster and longer lasting behavior changes.


Course Descriptions
Probation Officer Training Program
Online Courses

The Principles of Effective Interventions - 1.5 hours
Goal: Probation officers will be able to understand key characteristics/practices of effective interventions that are designed to change defendant /offender behavior and reduce recidivism.

Risk Assessment Basics - 1.5 hours
Goal: Probation officers will learn about the importance of defendant/offender assessment practices, including the principles of effective classification and identifying the factors that are associated with a/an defendant's/offender's risk to re-offend.

The Ohio Court System - 1.5 hours
Goal: This module will provide a general introduction to the third branch of govt. and up-to-date information about Ohio's court system (structure and numbers). Due process and other protections and the importance of the courts will also be emphasized.

The Ohio Criminal Justice System and Its Partners - 1.5 hours
Goal: Probation officers will learn how a criminal case (misdemeanor, felony, juvenile bind-over) proceeds throughout the criminal justice system from incident to sentence completion by introducing the functions and interactions of the various criminal justice partners.

The Authority of the Probation Officer and Their Role Within the Court - 1.5 hours
Goal: Probation officers will learn the role of the courts in Ohio and how it relates to their role, responsibility and authority as a probation officer. Probation officers will learn how the function of probation has progressed since its inception to the current model by examining the different types of probation and focusing on the authority of probation officers across Ohio.

Probation Officer Ethics - 1.5 hours
Goal: By reviewing ethical dilemmas, the probation officer will learn the importance of ethical conduct as an employee of the court and understand their ethical responsibilities in their role. They will also understand the importance of the court as a neutral entity and why the public must have trust and confidence in their courts to settle disputes.

The Basics of Officer Safety - 1.5 hours
Goal: As a result of this course, the probation officer will be able to prevent injury by others, animals or themselves and feel secure and confident during the performance of their duties either in the office or in the community. The course will allow probation officers to respond to, instead of reacting to, dangerous situations by informing them of typical dangerous situations in their job and teaching them procedures to reduce these risks.

Courtroom Presentation Basics - 1.5 hours
Goal: Officers will gain knowledge of court procedures, learn effective verbal presentation skills for court proceedings, know what kind of information is important to present, and determine how best to prepare and present that information. Appropriate court etiquette and dress will also be discussed.

Electronic Offender Information Systems - 1.5 hours
Goal: As a result of this course, the probation officer will be able to identify electronic offender information systems, how to conduct a comprehensive search of offender information available within the systems, who maintains the systems, and the kinds of information found on each one.

Addiction and Drug Testing - 1.5 hours)
Goal: This course is designed to teach probation officers the physical and psychological; effects of drugs; Officers will become acquainted with the proper way to drug test offenders as well as what test can and cannot reveal about a person's use. The last module of this course focuses on the impact of opiates as well as accepted Medication-Assisted Treatments (MAT).

Search and Seizure for Probation - 2 hours
Goal: As a result of this course, the probation officer will obtain the fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare for and conduct an effective and lawful search during the performance of their duties either in the office or the community and know when and how to search legally and safely.

Special Populations - 3 hours
This course is actually 3 online lessons dealing with the following populations.
Goal: As a result of this course, the probation officer will be introduced to the types of special populations in criminal justice and discuss examples of special populations in both the offense-based and the defendant characteristics-based approaches. This module will give officers basic information on Sex Offenders, Mentally Ill Offenders and Domestic Violence Offenders.