Seminars & Webinars



AJA’s Professional Development Seminars & Webinars
focus exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.

These single or multi-day intensive seminars & webinars provide beneficial and useful information to bring back for use in your facility. Many times the greatest learning experiences come from the networking. Classes include practitioners from all around the country. Many attendees keep in touch with those friends and colleagues they met through AJA training!

Join the thousands of correctional professionals who have turned to AJA for training, while advancing their careers, and strengthening their agencies

2018 Schedule
Seminars & Webinars

(subject to change)

  
June 21, 2018 | Webinar - Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series - Complimentary
Pressing Legal Topics of 2018
Instructors:  Gerard Horgan, CJM


Register today for the first webinar in our Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series. Administrators in correctional facilities are confronted every day with a number of inmate issues. Although some issues may be routine, others are more likely to result in potential litigation. A few of the areas that can present challenges are inmates’ rights to practice their religion, religious and medical diets, appropriate steps to reducing contraband, and inmate mail. 

July 9 - 10, 2018 | Seminar - Davenport, Iowa - Confirmed
PREA: Training for Investigators of Sexual Abuse in Confinement Settings
Instructor: Beth Layman


This two-day class is designed specifically for investigators who are responsible for examining allegations (administrative and criminal) of sexual abuse in confinement settings.

July 17 - 19 2018 | Seminar - Olathe, Kansas
Legal Issues in Jails
Instructors:  Carrie Hill  & Gerard Horgan


This three-day seminar addresses key legal issues facing jails today as well as Supreme Court decisions of the last 12 months.

July 11, 2018 | Webinar - Complimentary
Blended Learning: Success Stories and Strategies
Instructors:  Tracy  G. Mullins and Mark Foxall, Ph.D


Register today for this complimentary webinar. When most people think staff training, they envision live, instructor-led classes. However, technological advances in the past couple of decades have added new possibilities to how training is conducted and the way learning is achieved. As a result, more agencies are realizing the benefits of using blended approaches to learning in order to maximize their training efforts. This webinar provides participants with an overview of how the benefits of online and live instructor-led courses can be combined and leveraged to improve training outcomes.

July 19-20, 2018 | Seminar - Arlington, Virginia
Jail Death Review & Investigations: Best Practices
Lead Instructor: Linda L. Bryant, Esquire

Additional Instructors: Kyle Smiddie, Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept of Justice, Dr. Mark Stern, MD,  Mary Cowhig, Statistician, Mortality in Correctional Institutions, BJS, Attorney Jeff Rosen, Pender & Coward, Mark Chamberlain, Training Coordinator, Lexipol, the Honorable Joseph Baron, Sheriff, Norfolk, Virginia, and former Homicide and IA investigator, Norfolk Police Department, and Gary Harki, Virginia Press Association Investigative Journalist of the Year. 


This two day seminar with national experts on jail deaths will train you how to do your own review in a manner that withstands scrutiny and serves to build community trust.

 

 
July 26, 2018 | Webinar - Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series
Medical Legal Issues: Minimizing Your Risk
Instructor:  Gerard Horgan, CJM


Register today for the second webinar in our Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series. Correctional facilities across the United States have been involved in numerous lawsuits, often resulting in large judgments and settlements. This webinar explores the issues that resulted in liability and provides steps that can minimize the risk for jails. Topics include a review of the litigation that inmates and their families have successfully filed against correctional agencies and staff. It also reviews best practices that can be implemented in areas such as intake screening, the management of offenders who are detoxing, and chronic care.

July 30 - August 2, 2018 | Seminar - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  
AJA Summit on Small Jails
Instructors: Dr. Randy Garner, Carrie Hill, & Eddie Lance

This four-day summit provides participants from small jails tips, advice, and solutions for running a small facility.
 
August 14 - 16, 2018 | Seminar - Charleston, South Carolina  
Legal Issues in Jails
Instructors: Carrie Hill and Dee Hobbs

This three-day seminar addresses key legal issues facing jails today as well as Supreme Court decisions of the last 12 months.
 
August 15, 2018 | Webinar - Complimentary 
The Importance of Incorporating Policy-Based Training into Jail Operations
Instructor: Mark Chamberlain

Register today for this complimentary Webinar. 
Every facility has policies that involve some type of training. How familiar is your staff with the facility’s policies? And how often, if ever, is staff trained on these policies? Chances are your staff will not review the policies until after something goes wrong, and then only if they are facing disciplinary action. What happens when your staff behaves and responds in a manner that is contrary to your policies? It’s likely that your agency will face unwanted criticism, attention, or scrutiny—either in the media or in the courts. This webinar provides tips, techniques, and a discussion on the importance of incorporating policy training into the operation of a jail.
 
September 6, 2018 | Webinar - Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series
Special Management of Offenders Who Have Mental Health Issues: Legal Trends and Liabilty
Instructor:  Gerard Horgan, CJM


Register today for the third webinar in our Legal Issues and Risk Mitigation Series. One of the biggest challenges for those working in 21st century corrections is how to safely manage noncompliant offenders who suffer from mental health issues. This webinar focuses on litigation that has been filed against correctional facilities regarding the placement of these inmates into segregation and the national trends on this issue. Strategies for improving communication among mental health and uniformed staff is also explored as well as alternative sanctions and behavior treatment plans.

September 10 - 12, 2018 | Seminar - Alabaster, Alabama
Objective Jail Classification & Beyond
Instructor: Amanda Lambert

This 2.5 day seminar provides participants with best business practices that are supported through research, evidence and case law in implementing an objective jail classification process.


 
September 18 - 19, 2018 | Seminar - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
It's Lonely Up Here: Survival Skills for New Supervisors
Instructor: Sam Davis


This class will focus on pitfalls that often ensnare first-time supervisors, and provide them with a "war bag" to handle situations that no one ever told them about, and deliver the leadership resources to survive effectively and sufficiently.

September 26, 2018 | Webinar - Complimentary
Improving Our Emotional and Physical Well-Being: Effective Strategies For Jail Professionals
Instructors:  Michael Pittaro


Register today for this complementary webinar. Learning how to effectively manage and cope with stress is critical for jail professionals who work in highly volatile, chaotic, and dysfunctional environments. High levels of stress can adversely affect us both physically and emotionally. When we feel stressed, we often resort to negative coping strategies that are counterproductive and tend to exacerbate—not improve—stressful situations. To compound matters, the prevalence of suicide in our profession is double that of the general population. Discussions pertaining to stress and suicide within our profession are often ignored because we are not expected to appear emotionally vulnerable or fragile. This webinar addresses the negative influences of stress, burnout, and suicide in our profession. It also introduces and discusses the many benefits associated with emotional intelligence, what contributes to a healthy state of mind, and the importance of diet and exercise.

October 4 - 5, 2018 | Seminar - Fort Collins, Colorado
Risk Liability for Jail Supervisors
Instructors: Carrie Hill and Peter Perroncello


This two-day class is designed to assist the jail supervisor to recognize and avoid liability.  The best way to steer clear of litigious situations is to be informed. Instructors will begin with the philosophy of risk management in jails and go straight into the current and future issues to watch.

October 10, 2018 | Webinar - Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series
Are You Correctly Assessing Your Risk and Need?
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the first webinar in our Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series.

October 18 - 19, 2018 | Seminar - Sonoma, California
Use of Force in Jails
Instructors: Carrie Hill and Joe McNamara


This two-day class is designed to assist the Jail Command Staff, Supervisors, and Tactical/SRT team leaders and members in the use of force.

November 1, 2018 | Webinar - Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series
How Do You Make Your Housing Decisions?
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the second webinar in our Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series.

November 5 - 6, 2018 | Seminar - San Antonio, Texas
Inmate Hearings & Progressive Discipline
Instructors: Brent Craft and Wade Stephens


Participants learn how to communicate effectively with inmates in order to reduce incidents of misbehavior and avoid becoming part of the problem. Attendees also learn to investigate allegations of misbehavior and how to conduct disciplinary hearings that protect the inmate’s due process rights.

December 12, 2018 | Webinar - Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series
Who Do You Consider Your "Special Populations?"
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the third webinar in our Objective Jail Classification - High Risk/High Need Series.

January 24, 2019 | Webinar - Training Management Series
Managing and Delivering a Performance-Driven Training Program: Curriculum Management and Lesson Planning
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the first webinar in our Training Management Series.

February 13, 2019 | Webinar - Training Management Series
Managing and Delivering a Performance-Driven Training Program: Delivery Methods and Strategies
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the second webinar in our Training Management Series.

February 18 - 20, 2019 | Seminar - Los Angeles, California
Objective Jail Classification & Beyond
Instructors: Amanda Lambert and Jamie Clayton 


This 2.5 day seminar provides participants with best business practices that are supported through research, evidence and case law in implementing an objective jail classification process.

February 26 - 27, 2019 | Seminar - New Brunswick, New Jersey
Inmate Hearings & Progressive Discipline
Instructor:  Brent Craft


Seminar participants learn how to communicate effectively with inmates in order to reduce incidents of misbehavior and avoid becoming part of the problem. Attendees also learn to investigate allegations of misbehavior and how to conduct disciplinary hearings that protect the inmate’s due process rights.

March 12 - 14, 2019 | Seminar - Reno, Nevada  
Legal Issues in Jails
Instructors:  Carrie Hill and Linda Bryant


This three-day seminar addresses key legal issues facing jails today as well as Supreme Court decisions of the last 12 months.

March 28, 2019 | Webinar - Training Management Series
Managing and Delivering a Performance-Driven Training Program: Performance-Based Evaluation Methods
Instructors:  TBA


Register today for the third webinar in our Training Management Series.

April 17, 2019 | Webinar - 21st Century Leadership Series
Understanding emotional Intelligence for Leaders
Instructor:  Dr. Randy Garner


Register today for the first webinar in our 21st Century Leadership Series. Understanding the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) can be critical for today’s correctional leaders. EI is defined as the capability to recognize the influence of our own and others’ individual emotions in order to adjust or manage our environments and achieve our goals. New research identifies several important characteristics that can benefit leaders at all levels.

May 14, 2019 | Webinar - 21st Century Leadership Series
New Thoughts on Motivation: What Really Works
Instructor:  Dr. Randy Garner


Register today for the second webinar in our 21st Century Leadership Series. Much of our understanding about what motivates individuals is outdated and based on a less-than-accurate perception of motivational forces that have shifted over time. New research finds important ways in which we must shift our motivational efforts to meet the challenges of those in our current workforce. 

June 19, 2019 | Webinar - 21st Century Leadership Series
Situational Leadership in Action
Instructor:  Dr. Randy Garner


Register today for the second webinar in our 21st Century Leadership Series. Situational Leadership Theory is (SLT) one of the more intuitive approaches to effective leadership. The goal is to attempt to match the leadership style or approach to the readiness level of the one being led. In this webinar, SLT is contrasted with several other approaches/theories of leadership. Also explored is the way SLT can be used practically the correctional environment.

                                   June 11 - 12, 2019 | Seminar - Atlanta, Georgia
Use of Force in Jails
Instructor: Carrie Hill


This two-day class is designed to assist the Jail Command Staff, Supervisors, and Tactical/SRT team leaders and members in the use of force.