The Academy provides a range of coordinated training. There are three levels of training:
Each of the business units disciplines maintains a training advisory committee comprised of line and managerial staff, and representatives of CSSD’s Best Practices Unit, which researches evidence based practices for the agency and its’ network of providers. The training advisory committees assist in planning, oversight, and evaluation of training to ensure that curriculum is developed based on what research indicates is most effective and meets the needs of the staff.
Instructors are selected both from within CSSD and also outside. Adjunct trainers are recruited from the field because they best understand the problems and challenges of the job. In addition, the CSSD Training Academy contracts with, supervises and oversees content experts/consultants who train both staff from private non-profit agencies which service CSSD clients as well as supplement required training for CSSD staff.
CSSD training activities and efforts in Adult Probation were validated by accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2006 ensuring that CSSD met or exceeded all training related standards for Adult Probation staff. In April of 2009, Adult Probation achieved re-accreditation from ACA who commended the Training Academy for it’s progress in staff development.
For further information on Program and Staff Development please contact Director Brian Hill