Justice Services Calendar of Events

2018 Calendar

Date Event Location Court Program(s)
October 2-3 Criminal Justice Training 201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor A&D
October 2-4 New Probation Officer Academy 201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor Probation
October 11 CSAMS Exam and Probation Exam 251 North Illinois Street, 8th Floor A&D / Probation
November 1 CSAMS Exam and Probation Exam 251 North Illinois Street, 8th Floor A&D / Probation
November 15-16 Case Management Training 201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor A&D / Probation / PSC
November 27-29 EPICS Training 201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor A&D / Probation / PSC
December 4-5 Substance Abuse Characteristics Training 201 North Illinois Street, 2nd Floor A&D
December 6 CSAMS Exam and Probation Exam 251 North Illinois Street, 8th Floor A&D / Probation
December 11 PRT Orientation 251 North Illinois Street, 8th Floor Probation


The Indiana Office of Court Services offers several trainings for probation officers, certified court alcohol and drug staff, and certified problem-solving courts. A description of each training is listed below. To request a training, please click this Request for Training link.

Carey Guides/BITS Training Description (1 or 2 days): We are currently only providing electronic licenses to probation officers and IDOC will provide electronic licenses for community corrections staff that attend the training.
A skills-based training for line staff and supervisors on the use of Carey Group Publishing’s Carey Guides and BITS (Brief Intervention Tools) to effectively address offender skill deficits, criminogenic needs, and enhance case management through these interventions. The objectives include becoming familiar with the Carey Guides and BITS, understanding how to use the tools effectively, and developing skills to use the Carey Guides and BITS as interventions in one-on-one sessions.

Case Management Training Description (2 days):
The case management training is designed to give probation officers the skills necessary to develop high quality, assessment-driven offender case plans.   The specific topics covered in this training include: reviewing the foundational case management skills, developing an effective case plan, engaging an offender in the case planning process, and making use of community resources.  All participants will be provided with workbooks, have the opportunity to practice each of the skills, and receive feedback on their performance.

EPICS Training Description (3 days + 5 coaching sessions): *pre-requisition - Case Management Training
The EPICS model is designed to teach probation officers how to apply the principles of effective intervention and core correctional practices within the context of their one-on-one contact sessions with offenders.  The EPICS model is designed to use a combination of monitoring, referrals, and face-to-face interactions to provide the offender with a sufficient dosage of treatment interventions and make the best possible use of time to develop a collaborative working relationship.  Furthermore, the model helps translate the risk, need, and responsivity principles into practice.  Probation officers are taught to increase the dosage of services to higher risk offenders, stay focused on criminogenic needs (especially the thought-behavior link), and use a social learning, cognitive-behavioral approach in their interactions with offenders.  With the EPICs model, officers are taught to follow a structured approach to their interactions with offenders.

EPICS Coaching Sessions and Audio-Recordings (5 sessions):
Five coaching sessions will occur after the initial EPICS training at a rate of approximately one every 4-6 weeks.  Each coaching session has two components:

 (1) a pre-coaching conference call for supervisors; and
 (2) a video conference call for officers and supervisors.

In addition, participants must also submit one audiotape per coaching session (five total).  It is the supervisor’s responsibility to ensure that all of the audio-recordings are uploaded to the website on time.

Trained reviewers will code the audiotapes for level of adherence to core correctional practices.  Officers will receive written feedback on their audiotapes from the coaching sessions, which will indicate which components the officer satisfactorily completed and which components need improvement.  The scores from these tapes will also be used to develop a skill profile for each officer for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of use of skills on recidivism.

Real Colors® (2-3 hours):
Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to: understand human behavior, uncover motivators specific to each temperament, and improve communication with others. The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Type Test: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange. Participants will gain an understanding of the four colors (each corresponding to a personality type), discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum, learn to recognize characteristics of each of the four colors, and discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color. Departments are responsible for the costs of the assessment booklets plus shipping and handling.

A separate training form is required for each training requested.