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International Training School on Core Correctional Skills


Professor emeritus, Monash University/Melbourne, Australia

Warm welcome to all participants!!

08th - 12th of November 2021

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

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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.

Guests such as prof. Chris Trotter, Dr. Sarah Lewis and others will help you share your knowledge and experience while discovering new insights into modern supervision practice. 

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 November 2021.

Keynote speaker

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Professor Chris Trotter is Emeritus Professor and Director of the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium at Monash University, Australia. Prior to his university appointment he worked for 20 years in youth and adult probation. He has undertaken more than 30 funded research projects and has more than 100 publications, including 3 sole authored and 8 edited books. His book Working with Involuntary Clients, now in its 3rd edition, has been translated into multiple languages, including French, German, Chinese and Japanese. He has a strong international reputation, particularly for his work on pro-social modelling and effective offender supervision. Professor Trotter has been invited to more than 15 different countries to present conference plenary sessions and workshops.


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).

In 2000, after graduating The Philosophy Faculty – Social Work section, she started her activity as a social worker with an NGO responsible for one of the first probation pilot projects in Romania. In 2001, after passing a competition, she was appointed within the newly developed probation service under the coordination of the Ministry of Justice. She continued her studies and graduated a Master program of the Bucharest University on Community Justice Administration. As an employee of the probation service for the past 19 years Ms. Cărbunaru has served as probation counsellor (1,5 years), seconded probation counselor within the Ministry of Justice (3,5 years), probation inspector (6 years), director of probation service (8 years).

Her international experience includes working with probation services from Europe and North America and she is acting as an expert for the Council of Europe in her area of expertise and short term expert in projects financed by the European Union in the Balkans.

Dr Sarah Lewis is the Director of Penal Reform Solutions, a unique organisation that aims to reduce social harm and promote personal growth, by transforming the culture of an organisation and providing preventative strategies, co-created academics, practitioners and those with lived experience of prison.

Dr Sarah Lewis worked within psychological interventions in Probation from 2004 before moving to the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, where she trained Probation Officers and taught Criminology, Penology and Criminal Psychology.

Dr Sarah Lewis is the founder of the Growth Alliance and author of Therapeutic Correctional Relationships, a research informed practitioner’s guide to developing relationships and mending relational ruptures within correctional practice.

Dr Sarah Lewis established the Growth Project- an initiative which has been found to transform correctional cultures by magnifying the voice of staff and service user, taking a research-informed and whole systems approach. From her research in Norwegian prisons Dr Sarah Lewis has created the Principles of Growth, which are used to promote personal growth across a whole system, including staff, service users, families and local communities.

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. Her main focus has been the introduction of specific intervention programmes for different categories of offenders. For this, she has coordinated the design and implementation of several treatment programmes in the probation context in Spain.

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”. From 2021 to 2014, she was research analyst at the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York City). She is the coauthor of the prison and probation handbook “Intervención y Tratamiento de delincuentes en prisión y medidas alternativas”.

She holds a B.A in Psychology (UCM, 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).

Anna ESQUERRÀ ROQUETA is 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, etc. 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 analysing 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.

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.  

Prof. Dr. Ioan DURNESCU is 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.

Dr. Joep HANRATH is senior lecturer and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht for bachelor and master Forensic Social Professional. As a former social worker he did his PhD on social order in secured juvenile facilities.

His research focusses, as much as possible, on trajectory care within the (juvenile) justice system and continuity in service for (juvenile) offenders. Often in close co-operation with professionals. Currently he develops in with students, forensic social professionals and service users scenario’s for online training of conversation skills and co-researches the effectiveness of online training in the development of professionals.

International Training School on Core Correctional Skills


Professor emeritus, Monash University/Melbourne, Australia

Safe journey to all participants!!

08th - 12th of November 2021

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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