National Juvenile Services Virtual Leadership Institute

The NPJS Leadership Institute is going virtual. The Leadership Institute Planning Committee has selected specific workshops from the Leadership Institute Conference agenda and asked the presenter to consider transforming their workshop into a webinar format to meet the learning parameters of our new environments.  We are excited about the response.

The Faces of Leadership Summer/Fall Series of webinars were specifically selected under the theme:  Developing and maintaining a healthy and thriving CULTURE. Specific to our secure environments, leaders and staff together accomplish this through a PACT of Professionalism, Accountability, Climate, and creating Trauma-responsive environments.

Each webinar in this 4-part series focuses on an element of that PACT and is a unique learning event including multiple activities for the participant to engage in.  Each two-hour session includes:

  • a special message from NPJS Leadership,
  • a message of inspiration or affirmation from the Faces of Leadership around the country,
  • the one-hour training experience outlined in the information below,
  • access to chat rooms for new/emerging leaders & veteran leaders where trained facilitators will lead application discussion of the information provided in the training portion of the webinar, and
  • invitation and access to Happy Hour one week following the webinar session to network and discuss transfer of learning topics from the previous week’s training session.

Register today for the Faces of Leadership Summer/Fall Webinar Series.

(Note:  due to scheduling issues, please note the order of the sessions do not follow the order of the PACT acronym) 


Chris Ellison, Director, Texas Juvenile Justice Training Academy
Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Austin TX

Developing and Maintaining an Ethical Work Environment
Professionalism is built on ethics and is the core of a healthy culture and effective teams.  When the culture in your agency isn’t what you want it to be, changing it by raising expectations for the professional and ethical behavior of your team can be a difficult task.  Participants attending this webinar will receive information on strategies to change a culture and build strong ethical teams.  In addition, the presenter will provide information regarding the pitfalls associated with failing to respond to an unethical/unprofessional environment.

Date of Session:  July 15, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Date of Happy Hour:  July 22, 3:00 pm EST


Mel Brown, Ph.D., President/CEO
Mel Brown & Associates, Conroe TX

Creating a Culture of Accountability
Unfortunately, most people view accountability as something that belittles them or happens when performance wanes, problems develop, or results fail to materialize. Leaders who effectively develop a culture of accountability develop an approach to accountability that paves the road to success rather than one that provides an excuse for failure. During this webinar, participants will:

  1. Review the definition of culture and ways to create or change an organization’s culture,
  2. Focus on developing a culture of accountability by examining the elements and the four pillars of accountability and following 6 steps to building an accountability culture
  3. Understand both the consequences of failing to confront poor staff performance as well as the positive results of creating a culture of accountability.

Date of Session:  September 16, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Date of Happy Hour:  September 23, 3:00 pm EST


Dr. Jeffrey Ralph, Regional Director
JusticeWorks Family of Services

They Don’t Even Care Anymore!  Identifying a Toxic Organizational Climate and Steps to Improve It
This session will discuss the purpose and steps needed to look at the overall climate and culture of an organization or team of employees.  Topics will include methods to identify a toxic climate and culture, ways to garner feedback from team members, and a discussion on potential solutions to these issues.  The structure of this forum will include a PowerPoint to guide the session, but a portion will be open dialogue with the participants in the group.

Date of Session:  October 21, 2-4 EST
Date of Happy Hour:  Oct 28, 3 EST


Richard Gentry, Director
Ingham County Youth Center, Lansing MI

Creating a Healthy, Nurturing, Trauma Responsive Environment
A secure environment can be a traumatizing experience for many youths triggered by locked doors, security cameras, handcuffs, leg irons, metal detectors, strip searches and the many other aspects of secure facilities.  These triggers can lead to highly dysregulating (the inability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience) responses and heightened degrees of anxiety and stress which oftentimes cause youths to develop a fight or flight mentality. Emotional dysregulation plays a major role in a youth’s inability to follow basic instructions, redirects, developing pro-social skills and achieving academically.

The good news is leaders in juvenile justice can mitigate some of the traumatizing factors associated with a secure environment with the knowledge of strategies and techniques to reduce these environmental triggers in an effort to regulate youth (and staff) and the will to implement them.

Participants in this webinar will be introduced to some practical regulation techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, aroma therapy and essential oils, therapy dogs, yoga, stress balls, kinetic sand, weighted blankets, music, painting and other strategies that will compliment behavior management programs in secure facilities from an administrator who has “walked the talk.”

Date of Session:  August 19, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Date of Happy Hour:  August 26, 3:00 pm EST

VIRTUAL INSTITUTE REGISTRATION FEES (please click register now to see additional details)

Developing and Maintaining an Ethical Work Environment
Creating a Culture of Accountability
They Don’t Even Care Anymore!  Identifying a Toxic Organizational Climate and Steps to Improve It
Creating a Healthy, Nurturing, Trauma Responsive Environment

RATE: $35 per webinar or take the entire series for $100