team had the pleasure to organize and welcome representatives from the Danish Prison Federation (Fængselsforbundet) with the special support by the Head of Communication –Søren Gregersen, to a thrilling workshop with a main topic for Career Guidance & Emotional Intelligence Training for Prison Service Employees.
Thanks to the very special participation of our partners from SNPP (The National Trade Union of Prison Policemen) and ICPA (International Corrections & Prison Association) as guest speakers, the workshop was very productive:
Adrian Neagoe – The Vice-president of The National Trade Union of Prison Policemen Romania (SNPP) Adrian Neagoe is responsible for coordinating the activities related to labor dispute, disciplinary commission, legal assistance. His work aims to establish an organizational position in connection with socio-economic contexts. In addition, the Neagoe union coordinates the union's involvement in the process of preparing proposals related to the legal framework. Nagoe is an experienced sociologist and has previously been Head of Cooperation and Program Services in the National Administration of Penitentiaris - Romania.
Gary Hill- The Staff Training and Development Director of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA). Hill is the CEO of CEGA Services in Lincoln, Nebraska (USA) and President from Contact Center, Inc. Hill has worked in the penitentiary since 1964 and is the recipient of the American Correctional Association's highest award. On a special assignment for UN organizations, he has compiled more than forty training manuals in support of formal training programs for prison workers. Hill is the Director of Personnel Training and Development for the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and works with several institutes under the UN Crime and Criminal Justice Program. He was a member of the UN Committee of Experts, which prepared for the updating of the UN standards for the treatment of offenders (the Mandela rules) and the development of the standards for female offenders (the Bangkok rules). He is an expert on three Council of Europe projects dealing with the radicalization of prisons. In January 2017, Hill was named one of 18 commissioners for The Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
The workshop was focused on the projects
European career counselling guidelines for staff working in criminal correctional justice system (CCJ4) project, with the main focus on the process of the career supervision in the criminal correctional justice (Click here for more information about the project.)
3R – “(Respire, Remember, Respond) Emotional Intelligence for Reducing Recidivism” project, with the main focus on improving the social adaptability and resilience of (ex) offenders, to promote their community re-entry, and as a result to reduce recidivism. (Click here for more information about the project.)
During the workshop, all participants contributed actively, and the following topics were discussed:
Training and career development of staff working in prison institutions;
What kind of innovation will have a positive effect on prison officers in Denmark;
raining courses for support and retention of staff, including psychological and emotional intelligence training;
The most essential skills for Prison Service employees in Denmark.
Thanks to the Danish Prison Federation (Fængselsforbundet) and the guest speakers (Adrian Neagoe and Gary Hill), there was an opportunity to explore the challenges and the benefits for staff working in criminal correctional justice system in Denmark, Romania and USA. In conclusion of the discussion, some similarities between the countries were discovered and with the further development of the projects and the international partnership, the aim is a positive effect to be achieved on national and international level.