Ethics...citizens expect this. They look for transparency, accountability, respect, and effectiveness in the people who serve. Sometimes it is not as apparent as we might hope and expect. It's not for lack of trying—good people want to serve well--but more for lack of effective ethical decision making skills. At the federal, state, county and local level, TWI is working with departments, agencies and courts to equip leaders and employees with the tools and knowledge that build and strengthen a values-driven culture of integrity in their organizations.
In addition, professional associations like the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) and the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) have certified our ethics programs. Our innovative, values-based approach to training and technical assistance transforms people and agencies.
Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.
– Bertrand Russell
|David and James meet with Terry Gainer, US Senate Sergeant at Arms.
TWI has conducted customized ethics and leadership training programs for federal, state and local government and public agencies. At the federal level, TWI has provided executive leadership training to US Senate Sergeant at Arms managers and ethics training to US District Court personnel from Chiefs to clerical. At the state and local levels, TWI has conducted ethics and values-driven leadership and communication training programs to probation and court personnel, law enforcement agencies, Arizona tribal gaming regulators, and other agencies to provide the understanding and skills that build solid ethical cultures and develop empowered and successful leadership.
American Probation and Parole Association
The APPA is working hard to be a “force for positive change” in the communities served by its members and affiliates. TWI supports this goal as a corporate member of the APPA. To facilitate this effort, the APPA and TWI have partnered to provide the justice community with accredited training programs in ethical decision making, leadership, communication, team building, client relations, and more. These programs equip individuals and agencies with the tools and skills that are essential for building the relationships that support being that “force for positive change” in the community.
TWI is a participant in both the APPA’s Annual Conference and Winter Training Institute. In addition, TWI will be providing ethics training in the APPA Leadership Institute in February. For more information about TWI’s APPA accredited training programs, or to bring one of these programs to your agency, e-mail us or all 480-244-4677.
Coming to APPA soon. TWI will be introducing a new special APPA edition of TWI’s book, Communicating with VALUES, A Seamless Process to Improve Personal and Organizational Effectiveness. This edition includes a new chapter written by APPA Executive Director, Carl Wicklund, and will be introduced at the APPA Winter Institute in San Diego in February. Proceeds from the sale of this edition will benefit APPA.
Courts, Probation and Parole
The pressures on court, probation and pretrial personnel in the current culture and environment are horrendous. It is easy, under current workloads, for probation and pretrial professionals to become disengaged and cynical. Dealing with ever increasing case loads and less time to properly address client issues can create a tense and stressful work environment.
TWI's ethics programs such as Transformative Ethics, Building Trust Through Values Based Decision Making, build skills that are a force for positive change. Participants are reminded of the vital role they play in our society and the responsibility they have to help others. They develop skills that are critical for ethical decision making in the office and in the field. These skills can be shared with offenders and colleagues.
Teaming up with local court and probation training personnel, such as both courts and adult probation of the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, TWI is conducting Transformative Communication© and Transformative Leadership© programs on an on-going basis. These programs are customized to provide the skills and knowledge identified as meeting the needs of each department.
Law enforcement professionals understand that "conformative ethics," i.e. teaching and enforcing codes of conduct, standards and laws, does not keep their officers and leaders from serious ethical violations. Studies show that the main issues where law enforcement fails are exactly the same as they were 20 years ago…
However, TWI's "transformative ethics" goes beyond codes and standards bringing personal awareness, accountability, integrity and decision making that makes a difference. The ethics program, From Fear to Trust: New Ethical Strategies in Law Enforcement, is a powerful, life changing program that causes participants to examine themselves and be prepared to make those ethical decisions that are thrust on them every day.
Transformative Leadership© provides important tools for transforming law enforcement agencies and empowering personnel to help strengthen and build a culture of integrity. Both sworn and civilian employees benefit greatly from this program. Using TWI's powerful assessments, participants get an inside view of not only their personal ethical perspective and how they approach ethical decisions, but also see how they and others in their agency assess the values of the organization that are critical for success.
To learn more about TWI’s programs, e-mail Tom Rosella or call 480-244-4677.