Intensive Sessions

Behind Closed Doors: What Really Happens in a DWI Treatment Court

Sunday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Born out of the drug court movement, DWI courts aim to change behavior, restore lives, and protect public safety. There are now well over 700 DWI courts in jurisdictions all around the country, many of whom boast incredible successful completion rates, reductions in recidivism and crashes, and save taxpayer dollars. To achieve those outcomes, have you ever wondered what really goes on in a DWI court? For DWI court practitioners, have you ever wondered if what goes on behind your closed doors is like other programs? This session will reveal what needs to occur in a DWI court to maintain fidelity to the model. A case study, from arrest to successful completion, will be used to highlight evidence-based practices supporting the 10 Guiding Principles, effective treatment and supervision case management, judicial interaction, team collaboration, and phase structure of DWI courts.

Training Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the 10 Guiding Principles and evidence-based practices supporting successful outcomes in the reduction of recidivism and increased cost-savings.
  • Participants will receive and understand the recommended DWI court phase structure and participant requirements to implement in their jurisdiction.
  • Participants will understand the components of effective treatment, supervision, and case planning with high-risk/high-need impaired-drivers.
  • Participants will recognize the process of team decision-making by observing mock DWI court staffing.


James Eberspacher
National Center for DWI Courts

Julie Seitz
Project Director
National Center for DWI Courts

Jessica Lange
Project Director
National Center for DWI Courts

Charles E. Auslander III
State Court of Athens-Clarke County


Shane Wolf
Director of E-Learning,
National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Change Perceptions Through Persuasive Communication

Sunday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This interactive and engaging workshop will provide the attendees with the ability to strengthen their communication skills. The intent of the course is to enhance the communication skills of attendees at all levels. This is an interactive program based on experiential learning techniques. This course focuses on persuasive communication skills outside the department through community communication, communication skills within the department, and personal communication skills to further develop leadership. When a supervisor or commanding officer has strong communication skills, personal growth of the officer, the reputation of the department and the profession are enhanced.

Training Objectives:

  • Strengthen participant's communication skills when engaging the community.
  • Strengthen participant's communication skills when engaging within their department and command staff.
  • Strengthen participant's communication and leadership skills when leading a meeting.


Tracy Miller
TM Consulting

Fraud Awareness: Prevention, Detection, and Managing the Message

Sunday, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The intensive session will introduce participants to the fundamental aspects of occupational fraud to include why people commit fraud; how fraud occurs (most common schemes); best practices in prevention and detections; and specific case studies in which community supervision staff have committed fraudulent acts.

Training Objectives:

  • Define occupation fraud
  • Identify why people commit fraud
  • Identify most common fraud schemes
  • Identify best practices in prevention and reporting
  • Become familiar with real life cases


Chris Cirrito, CIA, CFE, CGAP
Chief Audit Executive
Texas Board of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Windham School District

Joe Agins
Fraud, Ethics, and Compliance Specialist
Texas Board of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Windham School District

FREE Intensive Session: Impaired Driving Assessment Certification Training

Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

APPA is offering a training session: “Using the Impaired Driving Assessment.” This event will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to properly administer and use the Impaired Driving Assessment (IDA) with supervisees convicted of an impaired-driving offense. Upon completion, participants will gain full access to all IDA materials to use with supervisees within their respective jurisdictions. The IDA acts as a screener to provide an estimate risk level among supervisees, identify their potential service needs, assess their responsivity to intervention efforts, and considers the degree to which their behaviors have compromised traffic and public safety. It was developed by APPA in collaboration with experts in the assessment field with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Training Objectives:

  • Understand the development and clinical framework of the IDA
  • Identify the major risk areas of recidivism the IDA addresses
  • Apply the scoring procedure and interpretation of the results of the IDA
  • Employ the results of the IDA for purposes of sentencing and supervision


Mark Stodola
Probation Fellow
American Probation and Parole Association

Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) for Justice Involved Individuals

Sunday, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This session will highlight how we as Probation should be working with this community and how we can be both allies and supports for the LGBTQ+ community. Presenters will share how this training initiative in Nebraska State Probation has been implemented to create an inclusive organization. This is a foundational training for increased knowledge about SOGIE issues and will lead to safe, inclusive, affirming, and welcoming environments for all LGBTQ+ individuals who are justice involved. LGBTQ individuals are overrepresented in both the prison and probation populations. There are several factors that impact how individuals identifying as LGBTQ+ are brought to the attention of the justice system.

Training Objectives:

  • Participants will examine and distinguish the concepts of SOGIE.
  • Participants will identify and assess their own beliefs, values and assumptions related to SOGIE.
  • Learn about the effects of stigma on adolescent development
  • Discuss and think creatively about protective factors or supports that can keep youth out of the juvenile justice system.
  • Identify and discuss strategies for supporting LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system.


Niki Svik
Judicial Branch Education - Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts and Probation

Kersten Crate
Probation Officer
Nebraska State Probation




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