Trainings for Correctional Staff
(Institutional & Community-based)

Dr. William Winogron Psychologist

Psychologist, Author, Trainer

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A 4-day skills training workshop to qualify staff to use correctional theory to maximize rehabilitation

“The effective corrections literature is widely known by now – but implementation of ‘what works’ always lags. This training targets that lag”.

It is a poorly kept secret that correctional theory and principles are far more sophisticated than correctional practices — delivered by both treatment staff and non-treatment staff. This does not need to be the case – theory can become practice at your organization or facility. If you want to be compliant with the movement towards evidence-influenced intervention and rehabilitation, please consider offering this training


This is a Sample Agenda That Can Be Modified

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Day One


  • Participants (including their facilitation experience & familiarity with the subject matter)
  • Brief review of Facilitator Manual: Unit organization/seminar vs. teaching content/multimedia aid/exercise(s)/unit quiz
  • Brief Review of Participant Manual: Slides/ handouts/ quizzes
  • Putting it all together
  • Q & A
  • Preparing for this training presentations and assignment of presentations (15 mins for seminar/ 30 mins for exercise / 15 mins feedback)

Review of Unit 1

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Demonstration of Multimedia and complete the “Man on the Street” exercise to demonstrate how the visual aid is used in the training
  • Discussion/ Debate: “What Works”
  • Seminar: “Evidence and Levels of Proof”

Review of Unit 2

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Seminar: “Core Correctional Practices”
  • Interactive exercise: “Cost Benefits Analysis”


Review of Unit 3

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • 5 Stages of Change Exercise
  • Seminar: “Motivational Interviewing”
  • Interactive exercise: “MI Done Right”

Assign Homework for the Day

Preparation of Presentations

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Day Two

Review Homework assignment

Review of Unit 4

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Interactive exercise: “Use of MI and Other Motivational Techniques

Review of Unit 5

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Seminar: “Decision Balance as a Motivational Tool”
  • Interactive exercise: “Decision Balance”


Review of Unit 6

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Seminar: “Cognitive Change and Disputation”
  • Interactive exercise: “Diagnosing & Changing Criminogenic Beliefs”

Review of Unit 7

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Interactive exercise: “MI and Cognition Exercise”

Assign Homework for the Day

Preparation of Presentations

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Day Three

Review of Homework Assignment

Review of Unit 8

  • Review of Core Concepts
  • Seminar: “Dealing with Resistance Deception, Violations and Sanctions”

Preparation for Assigned Presentations


Presentations & Constructive Feedback (each presenter can pick a seminar & exercise from the assigned unit to present)

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2
  • Unit 3
  • Unit 4
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Day Four

Preparation for Assigned Presentations

Presentations & Constructive Feedback (each pair of presenters can pick one seminar plus one exercise to present from a list of seminars & exercises for their assigned Unit)

  • Unit 5
  • Unit 6
  • Unit 7
  • Unit 8


Dr. Winogron Biography

Dr. Bill Winogron is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in assessing and treating psychological disorders in a variety of clinical settings. His involvement with correctional work began with front-line clinical work in community corrections, and went on to include program creation, training, custom curriculum development, and training of trainers. By theoretical orientation, Bill is a practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapies (CBTs), particularly Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, the original short-term CBT. He holds an Associate Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, where he was trained and supervised by Dr. Albert Ellis (‘the grandfather of CBT’) personally.

In addition to being a seasoned clinician and training facilitator, Bill has authored internationally- successful, evidence-based treatment programs (Anger and Emotions Management Program; CALM – Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it; CALMER – the CALM Effective Relapse Prevention program; etc.) , and has trained, mentored and supervised students, graduate students and correctional staff for much of his career. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (Albert Ellis Institute) and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Yorkville University. Additionally, Winogron has authored and facilitated training programs for organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK, both “classroom” and online, on a range of mental health topics.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Winogron at his new location:
1559 Alta Vista Drive
P.O. Box 59030
Ottawa, ON., K1G 5T7
Phone: +1 (613) 978-1054 | Fax: +1 (833) 939-3549