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Indianapolis, IN | June 28 - July 1, 2024

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Numerous workshops will be offered focusing on topics related to best practices, current trends, emerging research, and policies that support effective program development and evaluation. The training institute will also feature APPA’s 3rd Annual Women’s Symposium – Wellness Unveiled: Women Inspiring Women - Empowerment Through Unity. APPA is also offering unique Intensive Sessions to engage members in deeper conversations specific to community corrections. This training institute will also offer a private showing of the highly anticipated film, The 50. The 50 is a documentary that asks how a group of so underestimated became agents of radical change and the first men to become California certified counselors while inmates of that same state’s prison system.

What IN-PERSON attendees get:
  • Access to 80+ accredited workshops touching on all aspects of pretrial, probation, and parole
  • Entry to special plenary sessions featuring acclaimed guest speakers
  • Half-day intensive sessions on specialized policies, programs, and/or practices
  • Unique networking exercises meant to build long-term partnerships
  • Tour opportunities and community service projects
  • Full access to the field’s best product demonstration center in our Expo Hall
What VIRTUAL attendees get:
  • Real-time engagement in APPA’s plenary and special sessions, livestreamed from Indy
  • Early, on-demand access to over a dozen unique, accredited workshop recordings
  • On-demand access to a bonus selection of previously released webinar recordings
  • Ability to connect with other virtual attendees

Continuing Education Credits

APPA supports your continuing education needs

Whether in-person or virtual, attendees will be able to secure certificates of attendance, contact hours, and/or continuing education credits to help boost their career successes. As a reminder, attendees get the benefit of live-streamed sessions, on-demand workshops, and webinar recordings. Details are coming soon!

IN-PERSON attendees can earn up to:
  • 24 APPA Contact Hours
  • 24 *Columbia Southern University Continuing Education Credits
  • 24 Changing Offender Behavior (COB) units
  • CJE Credits: find your state's website using this document and request approval for legal education credits
  • STC Credits: refer to the BSCC California website here, please note the STC Roster and associated instructions
VIRTUAL attendees can earn up to:
  • 49 APPA Contact Hours
  • 49 *Columbia Southern University Continuing Education Credits
  • 30 Changing Offender Behavior (COB) units
  • CJE Credits: find your state's website using this document and request approval for legal education credits
  • STC Credits: refer to the BSCC California website here, please note the STC Roster and associated instructions

*If you are interested in receiving a CEU certificate from Columbia Southern University, please make sure that your attendance is accounted for by completing the session evaluation survey that is attached to each workshop you've attended. At the conclusion of the conference, an email will be sent to you from Columbia Southern University with further instructions on how to request your certificate and payment options. If you do not receive this email, you can request accreditation from CSU here.

**Please note there is a $25.00 convenience fee associated with the service.

The American Probation and Parole Association knows that its friends and members benefit from our various learning content. APPA's extensive offerings of workshops, townhalls, and other educationally packed events at our Training Institutes help individuals chart their own paths and build learnings plans that lead to professional and personal growth. Most sessions have been approved for credit hours. APPA is proud to sponsor continuing education through Columbia Southern University, the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association, and the Board State and Community Corrections of California. APPA also offers our own Continuing Education credits through our APPA Contact hours program. No matter your need, APPA has you covered!

Reach out to Joshua Nelsen at 859-244-8236 or by email at

Registration Form

*To register by Email, Mail, or Fax, download registration form. (Required for PO Payments)


Thursday, June 27 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
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Do not hesitate! Register now to be one of the lucky 100 female community corrections professionals at APPA’s 3rd Annual Women’s Symposium! APPA is pleased to announce this distinct, day-long personal and professional development event entitled, “Wellness Unveiled: Women Inspiring Women – Empowerment Through Unity.” It will take place on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Come to Indy dressed in PINK (optional) to participate in this FREE, pre-training institute event. Surround yourself with likeminded, powerful, career-oriented community corrections women claiming their greatness as leaders by visualizing their full potential. A variety of presentations will be offered – all aimed at helping women expand their horizons and understanding the importance of self-care; developing strategies for work/life balance; recognizing the importance of internal and external empowerment; and discussing strategies for career advancement. After attending this dynamic event, you will walk away reinvigorated with individualized plans for reaching your personal and professional goals.

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*Please select "Women's Symposium".



June 28 Friday
5:00pm - 7:00pm EST
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June 29 Saturday
2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
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July 1 Monday
11:00am - 12:00pm EST
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Sunday, June 30 | 4:00pm – 5:45pm EST

Experience the captivating tale of transformation and resilience in "The 50"! Mark your calendars for a special screening at the "Afternoon at the Movies" plenary event on Sunday, June 30, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 5:45 pm. Join us as APPA presents The 50 for the viewing pleasure of our registrants.

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In-person and virtual attendee experiences collide during APPA’s “Mainstage Sessions” at the 49th Annual Training Institute. Attend an invigorating keynote plenary presentation or dive into a sought-after topic discussed by dedicated specialists in community corrections. During each workshop block, a compelling workshop is hand-picked and elevated to the main hall for in-person attendees to join in the JW Ballroom 1-5 on the 3rd floor or virtual audience members to watch in real time on the livestream.

APPA Indy Vibes & Small Town Beats Party

Sunday, June 30 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm EST

Get ready to rock and roll down memory lane at the APPA's 49th Annual Training Institute with our Sunday night extravaganza!


Hosted by POPAI, join us on June 30th from 7pm to 10pm for an unforgettable on-site mixer that combines the thrill of Indy culture with the classic tunes of Small Town, "A John Mellencamp Experience."

Strike a pose next to our real-life Indy replica for the perfect Instagram moment, then groove to the rhythm of Small Town as they bring the essence of John Mellencamp's music to life. Whether you're a fan of the Indy 500 or simply looking to dance the night away, this party promises an evening of fun, nostalgia, and camaraderie.

Don't miss out on the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime! Join us for "Indy Vibes & Small Town Beats" and let the good times roll in Indianapolis, Indiana!

Special thanks to event sponsors: POPAI, CourtFact, Tyler Technologies, Track Group, and IACCAC!
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation E-Learning

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APPA is proud to provide training institute attendees with direct access to a FREE E-learning series. Check out this NEW training for youth probation leaders, supervisors and staff and community partners from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Overall love the content and layout. It has initiated many meaningful conversations with team members. Highly recommend.


Listening Session: Safety Concerns and Strategies when Conducting Field Visits

Sunday, June 30 | 2:45pm – 3:45pm EST

Session Overview:

Following the deaths of several probation officers, APPA began engaging in conversations with community corrections colleagues about officer health and safety. As a leader and resource for the field, APPA must be a key part of the efforts to bring attention to improving officers’ health and safety and contribute to strategies to help minimize tragic incidents. Recognizing occurrences like these, fortunately and thankfully, are few and far between for our field, albeit even one is too much. Plans are underway to host a series of gatherings on this topic including but not limited to webinars, listening sessions, an annual Health and Safey Colloquium. The ultimate goal is to provide the industry with practical steps that can be taken to improve officers’ health and safety – via meaningful, relevant training, policy recommendations, etc.

During this training institute, the listening session is just the first of many steps APPA will take to launch this much-needed discussion aimed at identifying special health and safety issues impacting pretrial, probation, and parole.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this listening session, via officer engagement participants will:

● Articulate real-world concerns they have regarding officer health and safety
● Identify needed actions agencies and leaders and take to improve staff safety
● Discuss barriers to ensure staff safety
● Identify policy recommendations designed to improve officers’ health and wellness
● Provide firsthand insights and concerns from officers regarding field visit safety


Saturday, June 29 | 9:30am – 11:30am EST
Sunday, June 30 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm EST
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Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge and network with peers.
We're offering two chances to participate in these insightful tours.

What to Expect:

There will be transportation provided to the site. Attendees are asked to gather in the main hotel lobby and will be escorted to awaiting buses. Please gather promptly in the hotel's 1st-floor lobby on Saturday, June 29 at 9:00 am and then on Sunday, June 30 at 1:00 pm.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to visit two key facilities:
  ● Assessment & Intervention Center (AIC): Explore the first-of-its-kind facility, the cornerstone of Mayor Joe Hogsett’s criminal justice reform efforts in Indianapolis. Spend an hour immersed in its innovative approach.
  ● Marion Superior Court Probation Department: Gain valuable insights into the workings of this department, located within the same campus as the AIC.


Showtime and Locations

Friday, June 28 | 1:00pm – 1:45pm EST
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Saturday, June 29 | 12:30pm – 1:15pm EST
Room 201/202, 2nd Floor
Animated Series

Join us at APPA’s 49th Annual Training Institute for the third installment of our FREE animated series. This series is a “best of” selection and will be available to both our virtual and in-person attendees. For those joining us on-site, we will have a special pop-up theatre featuring four showings.


Friday, June 28
SESSION I 8:00am – 12:00pm EST | SESSION II 12:30pm – 4:30pm EST

We are pleased to announce two intensive sessions from VALOR. These intensive sessions will take place from 8:00am to 12:00pm and from 12:30pm to 4:30pm on June 28, 2024. These two topics will be offered during each presentation time slot. Fit for Duty: Physical Health for Officer Safety (two hours) followed by Safety through Mental Wellness and Resilience (two hours).

Fit for Duty: Physical Health for Officer Safety
(two hours)

As officers, we regularly place ourselves in harm’s way to protect others. Too often, however, we do a poor job of addressing our own well-being. This course will use a data-driven approach to identify potential long-term health risks that come from working in law enforcement. This course will focus on the physical aspects of officer health and identify purposeful actions that we can take to attain and maintain optimal health and fitness.

Safety through Mental Wellness and Resilience
(two hours)

This training examines the leading cause of officer death—suicide. This reality emphasizes the importance of investing in your mental wellness. Learn how to take back control and be responsible for your health and wellness. Mental wellness will enhance your officer safety, agency goals, and personal satisfaction through a work-life balance.


Reentry Simulation: Breaking Barriers

Saturday, June 29 | 11:00am – 12:30pm EST

Join us for a mind changing simulation that will allow you to think outside the norm concerning the barriers faced by justice-involved individuals upon returning to their communities from prison. The Reentry Simulation illustrates the justice-involved person’s exhaustive journey to self-sufficiency while experiencing the barriers that may contribute to feelings of helplessness and decreased self-efficacy. Assuming the role of an ex-offender, participants will perform tasks related to realistic reentry.

By the end of this 90-minute, eye-opening experience, participants will have simulated a month in the life of someone who has recently been released from prison. Participants will encounter the same challenges faced by many ex-offenders as they try to complete their court-ordered obligations as well as maintain their day-to-day lives. The simulation suggests that, ultimately, the ability to navigate "the system" may be influenced or altered by “us,” the helpers within the system, and this may be a primary factor in the relationship between resiliency and recidivism.

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Dennis Maloney Project

APPA’s Dennis Maloney Project gives members, training institute attendees, and stakeholders the opportunity to give back to a local community during APPA’s 49th Annual Training Institute.

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Although hundreds of community corrections professionals will join us in exciting Indianapolis, APPA recognizes that travel is still difficult for many during these uncertain times. As such, our goal is to be THE supplemental educational resource for your agency. For that reason, APPA is proudly hosting this training institute as a hybrid event. So, for those of you who are unable to join us in Indianapolis, you can reap the many benefits from participating in relevant training while at home or in the office by purchasing a virtual ticket.

As a reminder, you get the benefit of live-streamed sessions, on-demand workshops, and webinar recordings.

Safety Protocols

  • Utilize sanitizing stations before entering/leaving the meeting rooms.
  • Practice proper social distancing.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. (See our cancellation policy.)
  • If you test positive during the training institute, notify Veronica Cunningham via email so that we can appropriately assist you and notify other attendees.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Virtual: There is a no refund policy for the virtual training institute due to contractual agreement to the virtual platform host.
  • Virtual Remedy: If an individual is unable to attend the virtual training institute, the registration may be transferred (substituted) to another individual from the same agency. Written requests must be sent to Kimberly Mills.
  • In-Person:  A full refund, less a $50 processing fee, is available until June 3, 2024. No refunds are available after June 3, 2024. In order to receive a refund, written requests must be sent to the APPA Training Institute, c/o The Council of State Governments, 1776 Avenue of the States, Lexington, KY 40511 or emailed to Kimberly Mills. All requests for refunds must be postmarked or emailed by June 3, 2024.
  • In-Person Remedies: APPA values all members and stakeholders. If an individual is unable to attend the in-person training institute, regardless of the reason, APPA will offer one of the following remedies: (1) transfer registration fee to the virtual training institute – three individuals may attend to substitute for one in person registration, and/or (2) transfer (substitute) registration to another individual from the same agency. Written requests must be sent to Kimberly Mills.


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Contributing Sponsors

Allied Universal Electronic Monitoring - Bingo  |  Care Guide Services - Bingo  |  CourtFact - Bingo  |  Journal Technologies - Bingo, Wifi Service  |  Lifelab Studios - Bingo  |  LifeSafer - Bingo  |  MHS, Inc. - Bag Stuffer  |  Noble Software - Bingo  |  Reconnect - Attendee Headshots  |  Securus Monitoring - Bingo  |  Sentinel - Bingo  |  SCRAM Systems - Lanyards  |  The Prem Rawat Foundation - Attendee Badges, Bag Stuffer, Bingo  |  Washington State Misdemeanant Probation Association - Water Bottles  |  YouthCenter - Bingo

Also, special thanks goes to our Corporate Members!