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Generic Model for Correctional Staff Training: Implications for Managers

NCJ Number
Corrections Management Quarterly Volume: 2 Issue: 1 Dated: (Winter 1998) Pages: 74-82
T A Ryan
Date Published
9 pages
This article discusses the importance of correctional staff training and the need for management involvement in this training.
The article presents three principles for planning internal training programs, four criteria for management evaluation of training and a plea for management participation as an essential element in implementing changes and meeting challenges. One of the greatest failings of corrections executives in the 1990s was the failure to prepare first-line supervisors for their roles as leaders and managers. The generic training model interrelates proactive planning, implementation, and evaluation through feedback. The three principles characterizing this model state that training should: implement a systems approach, interrelate process and product, and implement an educational concept. When evaluating training programs and when deciding whether to invest organizational resources to support participation of staff, including themselves, in specific training programs, managers should give critical consideration to four criteria: compatibility, optimization, wholeness, and systematization. References