Partial list of available trainings for Probation Departments and client program providers: Some courses can be certified STC if needed

·       Death by PowerPoint—How to avoid the trap of “paint by number” deliveries!!

In this day of shrinking budgets and training monies, many law enforcement agencies have turned to “in-house” trainers to satisfy core requirements for their personnel. While many trainers will have “subject matter expertise (SME)”, this doesn’t always translate into effective and interesting trainings. This 2-day course is designed to help SME trainers enhance their delivery of the subject matter to increase the participant’s interest and application of the material. Participants will learn how to design their courses to ensure objectives are met, how to effectively use apply adult-learning principles, and other course enhancing techniques. As a bonus, participants will also learn how to improve their professional public presentations.

·       Developing Yourself as an Expert Witness

In order to offer “an opinion” in the courtroom a person must possess the “special knowledge, skill, experience, training and education” (EC 802). This 2-day course will help participants develop their curricula vitae and learn how to deliver effective expert testimony. This course includes a practicum component.

·       Strategic Planning for the 21st Century!

This 2-day workshop (which can be expanded to 3 or 4 days depending on the organizational needs) covers how to create and develop meaningful goals and objectives and how to translate them into workable action plans. While many strategic planning sessions can be tedious and boring—this workshop will show participants how to design the process to gain maximum interest and results. Yorke Consulting was retained by the Kern County Community Corrections Partnership in 2015 to assist in the development of their prison realignment strategic plan. Participants reported “this is the most fun I’ve

ever had in strategic planning”! This workshop is designed for public organizations, as well as community collaboratives and non-profit agencies. The final product can be viewed here:

·       Connecting Criminogenic Factors and Substance Abuse

This 8-hour workshop is for persons in agencies and counseling programs working with clients who are involved in the criminal justice system and have co-occurring substance abuse or other addictive behaviors. Recognizing the brain chemical interactions of addiction, coupled with recognizing and addressing criminogenic factors, the participants will be able to provide more effective interventions to

their clientele to improve compliance and promote recovery and behavioral change. Attendees at this workshop will learn to use evidence-based interventions effectively to: 1) Recognize the brain chemical interactions of addiction and develop strategies to help clients reduce relapses; 2) Help clients move thru the Stages of Change to develop internal controls and coping skills; 3) Help clients gain insight into their behavior and adopt new behaviors to reduce recidivism; 4) Correctly apply evidence-based interventions to address criminogenic factors.

·       Using Evidence-Informed Interventions & Addressing Criminogenic Factors to Improve Outcomes for Psychoeducational Programs (STC# 00812535)

Criminal Justice agencies are becoming more engaged in the delivery of cognitive-behavioral

/psychoeducational programing to their client population. This shift from traditional oversight of programs, to actual implementation of programming material, requires an enhanced knowledge of evidence-informed interventions and the role of program theory in deciding on the balance between adaptation versus exact replication of model programs.

This workshop is designed for facilitators and supervisors of these programs which administer curriculum for domestic violence/batterer intervention, anger management and substance abuse issues. Participants will learn how to use evidence-informed interventions to improve client engagement, increase program retention and promote positive behavioral change. The 16-hour workshop will include 15 hours of classroom instruction and 1 hour of homework; using excerpts from the curriculum

“Another Way…Choosing to Change” to demonstrate the various interventions and interactions or current department curriculum materials.

·       Certifying Batterer Intervention Programs to Reduce Recidivism Thru Effective Evaluation & Oversight (STC# 07099-082231)


This 3-day workshop is designed for probation officers/supervisors who oversee batterer intervention programs and/or supervise domestic violence offenders or oversee specialized family violence units. Participants will learn how to interface more effectively with BIP’s to increase program retention and evaluate factors leading to reductions in violence. Tuition price includes a copy of the batterer’s

intervention curriculum, “Another Way…Choosing to Change”: Step-by-Step Facilitator Guide and Participant Handbook (a $230 value), which will be used to demonstrate the various interventions and interactions.

·       Understanding the Unique Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Recidivism (STC cert #099521232)


This 2-day workshop is designed for probation officers/supervisors working with offenders who have a history of domestic violence arrests/victimization, in addition to those officers who oversee specialized family violence units. Research shows a significant correlation between intimate partner

violence (IPV) and substance abuse, as well as it’s high prevalence among documented gang members. It is among the lessor understood criminogenic risk factors, yet it is a strong contributor to rearrests and recidivism. Participants in this workshop will learn how to recognize the unique dynamics of IPV and develop strategies to improve their information gathering in pre-sentence investigations, as well as increase their opportunities to help reduce recidivism in their supervision caseloads. Due to the intergenerational nature of IPV, officers working with juvenile offenders will also benefit from the

information and activities provided in this workshop. During this workshop participants will 1) Evaluate the unique dynamics of batterer and victim behaviors within the criminal justice process;2) Develop strategies to reduce recidivism by improving offender accountability and leveraging community resources to address criminogenic needs; 3) Evaluate the Stages of Change and the Readiness to Change model for their clients to identify effective questions and interaction strategies to avoid collusion with the batterer and increase offender accountability with reduced victim risk.


·       Basic Training for Batterer Intervention Program Providers (PC 1203.098)

This 40-hour course meets the requirements of California PC 1203.098 for facilitators of domestic violence batterer intervention programs. In addition to the required subject matter, participants will learn how to use adult-learning principles and evidence-based interventions to increase client retention and participation. Course includes one set of “Another Way…Choosing to Change”, a 52-week curriculum.

·       Rebuilding the House of Corrections—What’s in Your Toolbox?

Numerous states have now implemented sweeping changes to their criminal justice systems to reduce prison overcrowding. This action has resulted in a true paradigm shift as they seek to develop meaningful policies, procedures and programs which can usher in true criminal justice system reform. The key to accomplishing this mission is the engagement of numerous government and private collaborative partners. Law enforcement, the Courts, corrections, probation and parole can no longer operate as individual silos in the management of criminal offenders if this reform is going to be effective in reducing recidivism and provide for public safety. The most effective “tools of the toolbox” are no longer handcuffs and larger prisons, but data and evidence-driven decision making and the use of local rehabilitative programs which are designed around best practice models.

This 8-hour workshop will examine evidence-based practices for community supervision and strategies to increase offender’s potential for successful re-integration into our community while providing for public safety.

·       Vicarious Trauma—The Final Frontier

When most law enforcement/corrections personnel started on their career path “vicarious trauma”, or as it is more commonly referred to as “burn-out”, was the last thing they thought they would experience! But sadly, along the way, we’ve all seen some wonderful colleagues “crash and burn” and not only did they most likely never see it coming, their fellow colleagues and supervisors saw it, but

didn’t know how to address it or intervene. Fortunately, there are some strategies in which we can use to insulate ourselves from the effects of seeing and dealing with other people’s pain, suffering and the negative effects of their disastrous choices.

This 8-hr workshop is designed for those working in the field of law enforcement/ corrections, as well as for supervisors and managers who would like to intervene effectively with their staff so as to address

the early signs of possible “burn-out”. Personality types and communication styles and other strategies will be discussed in terms of understanding oneself and fellow staff for more successful prevention efforts.

·       Communicating Effectively with Offenders—A Strengths-Based Approach with Practical Application of Motivational Interviewing

Many departments have trained their staff in the Motivational Interviewing Model, but what does it really look like in practical application? Using a strengths-based approach, this 8-hour workshop will evaluate and strengthen the participant’s communication approaches in working with offenders and

understanding resistance thru the Stages of Change model. Drawing on transactional analysis models of communication and using communication assessments, participants will learn strategies to more effectively engage their probationers and reduce violations of probation. Attachment issues of probationers will be discussed within the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs model and participants will learn how to reduce barriers in order to meet public safety objectives.

·       Managing Mandated Clients-A Working Model

This 8-hour workshop is for persons in agencies and counseling programs working with mandated clients

who are often “RESISTANT” to our best efforts! This can lead to frustration, fatigue and eventually

‘burn-out’!! So many times we learn ‘theories’ of what we should be doing, but unfortunately are not taught how we should be doing it! Attendees at this workshop will learn: 1) Strategies to reduce resistance and increase program retention; 2) Trauma-informed care procedures to improve client compliance and promote recovery/behavioral change; 3) Case management techniques to mediate frustration, fatigue and burn-out!


About the Trainers:

Nada Yorke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years working in the criminal justice system. She retired in 2006 as a probation officer supervisor after a 25-year career, and has also worked as a victim advocate, a domestic violence expert witness, and trainer for law enforcement, advocates and other court personnel. She is a published researcher and has implemented batterer intervention programs in a maximum security prison, local jail and a faith-based community organization. Nada developed a 52-week batterers intervention curriculum (Another Way…Choosing to Change), which utilizes evidence-based clinical interventions, adult learning principles and addresses criminogenic factors. Programs which have used her curriculum are reporting consistent positive results for high retention and reduced violence among program attendees. In addition to conducting a variety of trainings for government and non-profit agencies, Nada has spoken to national and international audiences of therapists, forensic counselors and law enforcement personnel about the issues concerning domestic violence and the value of working with perpetrators to stop the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence.

Richard “Ric” Yorke has over 40 years of experience ranging from probation officer to law enforcement officer to Security Manager for a major international corporation. Ric is a California POST Master Instructor Developer (MIDP) graduate. He has both designed and taught many instructor development courses in the academy, advanced officer and management training settings, as well as for private and faith-based organizations. Since retirement Ric has continued his work with a local faith-based

rehabilitation center where he developed a “men’s issues” curriculum which covers such topics such as anger management, positive communication skills and addressing addictive lifestyles. He has a passion for coaching and mentoring individuals, in addition to assisting organizations achieve their mission and vision through comprehensive strategic planning.

Yorke Consulting is committed to “optimizing your organization’s potential”. We have over seventy years of combined experience in law enforcement and social services, designing and delivering quality trainings and professional presentations, in addition to strategic planning, leadership development and other management related services. Yorke Consulting is a certified provider of STC trainings through the California Board of State and Community Corrections (STC #07099), and a California Supplier #1730302.