Rethinking Community Supervision

POPAI is offering a virtual training opportunity in an attempt to assist everyone in obtaining EBP specific training hours this year.

Dr. Brian Lovins, Principal at Justice System Partners, will be presenting his workshop Rethinking Community Supervision:  Moving from a Referee to a Coach Model on Wednesday, September 16th and Thursday, September 17th  from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET)  each day.  This is one workshop, with the content being split between two days.  With all of the virtual trainings/meetings/etc. most of us have participated in during the past 6 months, we figured two half days might be a bit easier on everyone than one full day in front of a computer.

We are waiting to see what kind of registration numbers we have prior to deciding on the virtual platform we’d like to use.  A couple of weeks prior to the actual training, we will send out more information instructing you how to log in to the webinar.

We have a slightly different fee structure for this training as well.  Because we know many departments are unable to pay membership dues without actually registering for a conference, we are giving the option of paying 2021 membership fees along with this conference registration.  Current paid members who have a little extra money in their travel budgets this year can also take advantage of paying 2021 membership dues with their registration.

Registration fees:

$25.00                2020 Paid POPAI Members

$50.00                Non-members (includes $25 Probation Officer 2020 membership fees)

$50.00                2020 Paid POPAI Members plus 2021 membership fees

$75.00                Non-members (includes 2020 and 2021 membership fees)


$35.00               Special Associate Registration for Non-Probation Officers (includes 2020 membership fees)

Registration for this event is closed.


About the program:

Rethinking Community Supervision: Moving from a Referee to a Coach Model

Dr. Brian Lovins, Principal Justice System Partners

As probation departments begin to re-evaluate their work, there is a significant shift in the role they can play with those under supervision. Agencies have historically been asked to play a referee-type role, monitoring the rules and conditions and blowing the whistle when observing the justice-involved individual stepping outside the lines. But there has been a recent call to transform probation officers from referees to coaches. Coaches’ role is to help their players win. To do so is to be able to assess talent quickly, design plans to help build strengths while minimizing the risks, reinforce, cheer, and hold accountable. This presentation will provide the framework for rethinking probation’s role at the table as one of coach versus referee.

Dr. Brian Lovins, Principal with Justice Systems Partners, will explore with attendees how innovative strategies can result in greater public safety and higher success rates. Dr. Lovins will provide tips for policymakers and practitioners who, by implementing policies and practices based on evidence, from graduated responses to motivational interviewing, can continue the trend toward smaller and more effective systems of community supervision.

Join us for this exciting presentation on Wednesday, September 16 th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET) and Thursday, September 17 th , from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a two part series and will provide attendees with 6 hours of EBP continuing education.

Dr. Brian Lovins is a Principal for Justice System Partners (JSP). He earned his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently President-Elect for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA). Prior to JSP, Dr. Lovins worked for Harris County CSCD as the Assistant Director. He was tasked with developing and implementing agency wide change plans to drive increased successful completion rates. In addition, he has the Associate Director for the University of Cincinnati’s Corrections Institute—the School of Criminal Justice’s training and research department. He has developed a state-wide juvenile risk assessment (Ohio Youth Assessment System: OYAS) and adult risk assessment (Ohio Risk Assessment System: ORAS), as well as validation of a series of pretrial risk assessments. Dr. Lovins has been invited to present to over 200 agencies and routinely trains agencies in the principles of effective intervention, risk assessment, and the delivery of cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Dr. Lovins has received the Dr. Simon Dinitz Award for his work and dedication in helping correctional agencies adopt evidence-based programs and the David Dillingham Award, as well as a being recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Cincinnati. His publications include articles on risk assessment, sexual offenders, effective interventions, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.