Give Me Another E: Adding Engagement to Evidence-Based Practice Training


Tuesday, February 27, 2024
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Session Type: Workshop

Involvement and enthusiasm are crucial to establishing an EBP culture. When engagement is missing, EBP efforts often stay limited to the training room. In this workshop, trainers with extensive experience in EBP training and implementation will review seven strategies that have been used with success to increase engagement. Participants will experience simulations from training on topics such as criminogenic needs and motivational interviewing to fully experience strategies to engage staff. The Seven strategies covered in this workshop include bright spots, microbursts, overwriting old habits, everyone matters, cultural influencers, dress something new in old clothes and creating coaches. Presenters examine how they applied the seven strategies to build scenario/skill-based trainings. New strategies bring new perspectives on behavior change. Attendees will have the opportunity to improve skills through practice and observation. This workshop is recommended for Criminal Justice professionals who would like to engage or get staff engaged in EBP culture.


Dionne Addison
Program Administrator, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Dionne Addison has over twenty-eight years of experience in corrections. Currently she serves in the position of Program Administrator for the Quality Assurance/ Evidence-Based Practice/ Grants section in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She is responsible for continuous quality improvement and quality assurance for evidence-based practice and serves as a grant administrator for various BJA grants. Dionne is a master trainer in Ohio Risk Assessment System and Core Correctional Practices. She is a trainer in Decision Points, Anger Control, and several other Cognitive Based programs. She has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and government.

Katrina Ransom
Superintendent, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Katrina has over 30 years of experience in community corrections. She started with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority as a Parole Officer in 1994. She went on to hold several positions within the Division of Parole and Community Service to include Parole Supervisor, Deputy Superintendent, Deputy Compact Administrator, Regional Administrator, and most recent position Superintendent. Prior to starting with the Adult Parole Authority, Katrina worked for Alvis a halfway house that serves adult males and females transitioning from prison back to the community. Katrina is a member of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) and American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). She retired from the Ohio Air National Guard with 21 years of service in September 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Criminology in 1992. She is married and has two children.

Joseph Suciu
Parole Program Specialist, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Joseph Suciu is a Parole Program Specialist for the Ohio Adult Parole Authority who currently coordinates grant projects. He was instrumental in the development of updated Evidence Practice trainings and applications. He was recognized as Employee of the Year for 2020 and Cleveland Region’s Parole Officer of the Year for 2010. He has trained extensively in evidence-based practices. His trainer certifications include Ohio Risk Assessment Systems, Level of Service Inventory, Thinking for a Change Facilitator, Decision Points Facilitator, Core Correctional Practices and Motivational Interviewing. He obtained a Master of Science from the University of Cincinnati in Criminal Justice.