International Training School on Core Correctional Skills


Professor of Criminology and Social Work
at the University of Glasgow

Registration is closed

03rd - 07th of October

I have learnt much from my teachers, more from my colleagues, and most from my students’ – Rabi Hanina

Barcelona, Second edition – 2022

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About International Training School

International Training School on Core Correctional Skills

The pandemic has changed many aspects of our personal and social life. Some will change back to the ‘old normal’ but others will continue to exist even after the pandemic will be over.

One of these resilient changes will be, in our opinion, the way people understand the learning and professional growth. For us, it become clear that continuous learning is not always linked to traditional academic structures or only to what employers provide for their staff. To us, continuous training has to be a natural part of the existence of any professional. It has to be at least partly a personal responsibility. 

That is why we believe that one-week International Training School on Core Correctional Skills will be able to refresh and update the core skills for the more experienced correctional staff while providing the new comers with a solid and cutting edge starting point.

During this week, core correctional skills (such as relationship skills, pro-social modeling, problem solving, motivational interviewing and cognitive restructuring) will be developed taking into account the basics but also the most up to date and evidence based practices.

For instance, building up the working alliance will cover issues such as clarifying the role or socializing into the role, empathy, dealing with resistance and so on but will also look into how to deal with power imbalance, how to maximize choices, how to ensure co-production and how to maintain and develop working alliance in a digital world.

We are strong believers in modern learning approaches. Therefore, we will use flip learning and other adult learning concepts to enhance not only the understanding of those skills but also their use in real-life situations. In this respect, role-play and coaching will stay at the heart of our learning approach.



As a novelty, this edition will tackle also the issue of resilience and burnout as fast changes that took place in the last few years placed huge pressure on correctional staff challenging, therefore, their coping skills.

Guests such as prof. Fergus McNeill, prof. Joanna  Clarke and others will help you share your knowledge and experience while discovering new insights into modern supervision practice and resiliance. 

By doing so, we hope to bring our skills in the 21st Century based on evidence and meaningful practice. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to this exciting training programme in October 2022.

Keynote speaker

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Professor Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and in Sociology. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a decade in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. His many research projects and publications have examined institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation and their alternatives. Most recently, between 2017-21, Fergus led ‘Distant Voices: Coming Home’, a major, multi-partner Economic and Social Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council project which explored re-integration after punishment through creative practices and research methods. His most recent books include ‘Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual’ (with Lol Burke and Steve Collett) and ‘Pervasive Punishment: Making sense of mass supervision’ (the winner of the European Society of Criminology’s 2021 Book Prize).



Drd. Iuliana Elena Cărbunaru is currently probation inspector in the National Probation Directorate within the Romanian Ministry of Justice ensuring the development and implementation of the international projects and promoting the probation system at the international level. Starting with 2017 she is Board member of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP).


As an employee of the probation service for the past 21 years, Iuliana has served as probation counsellor, probation inspector and director of probation service.

She holds a B.A in Social Work, a M.A in Community Justice Administration and she is currently doing her PhD at Bucharest University on penal policy transfers in Europe.

Professor Jo Clarke PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, EuroPsy

Jo is founder and Director of Petros (, an award-winning, non-
profit organisation dedicated to supporting people to thrive at work. During 23

years of working in the criminal justice system, Jo’s attention has focused on the
concept of resilience, both for individuals and the organizations in which they live
and/or work.

For criminal justice staff, questions about surviving and thriving in roles that often
involve exposure to potential trauma, led Jo to undertake a PhD in the area. Since its
completion in 2004, she has worked with a wide variety of organizations and

individuals applying research evidence to practice, to enhance psychological well-
being. She led the Latvian Government initiated research, Sustaining Probation

Officer Resilience in Europe (2012-13) and continues to research in criminal justice
Jo has authored several chapters on resilience and is regularly invited to speak
nationally and internationally on the subject. Beyond work, she is a foster carer, JP,
and enthusiastic equestrian!

Laura Negredo

Since 2018 Laura Negredo is the Deputy Assistant Director-General for Open Regime and Alternative Measures in the Ministry of Interior, Spain. She has been working in the field of alternative measures for more than 10 years, holding several positions like Technical Advisor and Head of Service. In 2016 and 2017 she was the Resident Twinning Adviser of the Twinning Project “Support for further development and strengthening of the Probation Service in Croatia”. 


She holds a B.A in Psychology (UCM, Madrid), a M.A in Forensic and Criminal Psychopathology (UCJC, Madrid), a M.A in Forensic Legal and Clinical Psychology (UCM, Madrid) and a M.A in International Crime and Justice (CUNY, New York). For the latter, she received a La Caixa national competitive fellowship for master degree work in the United States.

She is currently member of the Council for Penological Cooperation (PC-CP) Working Group (Council of Europe), member of the Sex Offender Expert Group of CEP (Confederation of European Probation) and member of the Psycho-Legal Unit of the Forensic Sciences and Security Instituto (UAM, Madrid).

Joseph Arvidson, MS, has over 33 years of experience in Corrections. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic planning, program development, and making recommendations on policies, procedures, and services related to the implementation of evidence-based practices for the Ramsey County Community Corrections Department, in Saint Paul, USA. He was the project manager for the development and implementation of that agencies’ practice model of supervision (New Model for Probation and Parole: Ramsey County Model, RCCCD, Bogue and O’Connor, 2013).

Mr. Arvidson has been an adjunct faculty member at Concordia University and Metropolitan State University since 2000, where he teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate level Criminal Justice courses. He currently serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board for Concordia University. He also serves as board member for Volunteers in Corrections.

 Joseph Arvidson is Executive Director of The Paragon Group, LLC.

The Paragon Group strives to promote and advance evidence-based practices in the arena of criminal justice. Their scope of services include speaking engagements, as well as training and consulting as to RNR and desistance-based models. Mr. Arvidson’s training and consulting clientele have ranged from Federal Probation to local for profit and non-profit agencies. Mr. Arvidson is the founder of The Criminologist Media Group, serving as producer and host of The Criminologists podcast.  

Anna ESQUERRÀ ROQUETA is a Policy and Liaison officer at the Confederation of European Probation and associate professor at the University of Barcelona, Department of Social Work, Social Services and Social Policy. She has a Degree in Social Work, a Degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Ethnographic Research and Intercultural Relationships and specific studies in the Criminal Justice field.

She worked in various positions for different organisations including: social educator for mentally disabled people, home care service coordination manager, social worker in a systemic family therapy centre, among others. In 2007 she started working at the Catalan Ministry of Justice in several different positions and areas. She was involved in the prison area and also with juveniles and young adult offenders. When working with juveniles and young adult offenders she was carrying out tasks related to designing, planning and following-up intervention programs, co-ordinating groups of professionals as well as new research analysis for education and treatment plans. These programs were developed from a perspective that integrates different areas within the juvenile justice chain: mediation, assessment, youth probation and educational centres.

Since 2012 she has been involved in the international field, taking part of several European projects and coordinating the Criminal Justice Platform Europe. Since 2016 she works at CEP where she is mainly in charge of analyzing developments in European probation and related fields, facilitating EU-funded projects (FPA, OG, AG), organize expert group meetings, conferences, and others.

Since 2010 she is also working part-time as an associate professor at the University of Barcelona covering subjects related to social intervention with individuals and families, as well as the structure of the Catalan Welfare System.  Her main interest are Probation and gender and she is currently doing her PhD on how offenders experience community work in Catalonia.

Prof. Dr. Ioan DURNESCU is a professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. He teaches and conducts research in the area of probation, prison and deradicalization fields. His special interest is comparative probation, reentry and interventions with justice-involved clients. He conducted many training sessions in different countries such as Jordan, Moldova, Spain, Kosovo and so on.

Ioan is one of the editors of the Probation in Europe (WOLF) and the Understanding penal practice (Routledge) and the author of Core Correctional Skills. The Training Kit.

He is also one of the co-editors the European Journal of Probation, a journal published by the University of Bucharest in partnership with SAGE Publishing. Since 2020, Ioan co-chairs the RAN Rehabilitation Working Group.

International Training School on Core Correctional Skills

PROF. Fergus McNeill

Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow

Registration is closed

03rd - 07th of October 2022

500 € + VAT EARLY BIRD/600 € + VAT AFTER 30TH OF June

Presentations/Skill Labs/Debates/Field visits

Working alliance/Pro-social modelling/Problem solving/Motivational interviewing/Cognitive restructuring

Who should participate?

Probation officers, prison staff and volunteers who are interested in improving their performance in working with offenders.

Where it will take place?

The participants will receive an Attendance Certificate

For more details, please contact prof. Ioan Durnescu:

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