ICPA Organises a Training Workshop in Cluj-Napoca

The International Corrections and Prisons Association, in collaboration with the National Administration of Penitentiaries – Romania, is delighted to invite you to a four-day training workshop which will take place from 3-6 September, 2018, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The theme of the workshop is Proper Reaction Kit for Prison Staff Stress Reduction Through Environmental Therapy: Experiential Learning Workshop.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The aim of this four-day workshop is to develop a stress-reduction and optimal functioning program for correctional staff, based on experiential learning through direct interactions with horses and nature. The workshop introduces a functional model of health-related components that can be optimized or enhanced by direct interactions with animals and nature. The rationale of the model is based on providing each individual a Proper Reaction kit that can be accessed in critical and everyday life situations (e.g. conflict and anger management, work situations, leadership-related issues, family settings, crisis interventions, etc.). Such an internal resource, once developed and once the individual becomes aware of the ways to access it, it is expected to play a significant role in stress reduction and burnout prevention in staff dealing with critical situations on daily basis, as well as on the correction of potential deviant reactions/behaviors in relation to self and the others.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Prison staff officials working in the individual prisons and at a national level.

REGISTRATION 

The workshop fee is € 400 (€ 375 for ICPA Full Members/ € 350 Professional Members).

The fees include:

• Materials;
• Accommodation;
• Full board;
• Coffee breaks;
• Certificate of attendance.

Please bear in mind that the flights and the transportation aren’t included in the price and you have to arrange them yourself.

ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation is included in the training fee. The official hotel of the training is the La Mesteceni Pension.

Free internet will be provided for the duration of the stay.

Contact Details of the hotel:

La MESTECENI Pension

Salicea 86,Comuna Ciurila,

Cluj, Romania

info@lamesteceni.ro

ICPA members can apply for a bursary to cover a part of their conference registration, travel and accommodation costs, up to a maximum of €200, based on the actual costs.

PROGRAMME

This is just an overview of the programme. More information will be available soon.

Day 1 -September, 3rd Arrival and social networking – introduction to the structure of the programme
   
Day 2 -September, 4th Outdoor session at “Discover Nature” Center for Animal-Assisted Activities and School of Nature Connectedness
Aim: Discover the components of the Proper Reaction Kit through real life experiences
9:30 – 13:00 Real time exercises with horses (knowing the heard)
Individual and group interactions with horses – types of communications (gestures, verbal communication, postures)
Hands-on exercises of motor coordination and attention focusing (individual and team activities): archery and horse-back archery
13:00 -14:00 Coffee break ( includes Romanian traditional snacks)
14:00 – 18:00 School of Nature – session of experiential learning in the forest (senses and perceptions)
The sound and the smell of silence in the forest – is there any information?
Breathing with the trees
Introducing a nature-based model of communication: the trees’ network (seeds, leaves, roots, branches and biochemical components) or the “natural wifi”
Identifying edible and non-edible items in the forest.
Setting fire without marks (echo friendly approach to nature).
19:00 Dinner and debriefing
   
Day 3 -September, 5th Indoor session
9:30-12:00 Presentation and analysis of the components of the Proper Reaction Kit Model (part I)
Psychological and applied significance of the nature and horse-oriented experiences in relation to the components of the model – universality and addressability: What defines a strong character?
Debates on the working definitions of values and abilities that are connected with proper reactions with self and others (in any moment and in any context, e.g. work situations, family settings, social life, etc.)
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Presentation and analysis of the components of the Proper Reaction Kit Model (part II )
Psychological and applied significance of the nature and horse-oriented experiences in relation to the components of the model – universality and addressability: What defines a strong character?
Debates on the working definitions of values and abilities that are connected with proper reactions with self and others (in any moment and in any context, e.g. work situations, family settings, social life, etc.)
19:00 Dinner and debriefing
   
Day 4 -September,  6th  
9:30-12:00 Round table
Identification of real needs of the correctional settings personnel that could be addressed by the Proper Reaction Kit model
White paper (structure) on the components of the Proper Reaction Kit Program for correctional staff (targets: stress reduction, crisis management, conflict management, self-development, team building, burnout prevention, etc.).
Establishing lines of elaboration of a manual of good practices and directions of collaborations, i.e. future Erasmus projects or other types of grants.
12.00 End of the event, closing remarks

Trainers:

Alina S. Rusu

Alina S. Rusu (biologist and psychologist) has received her PhD title in Natural Sciences (Animal Behavior) in 2004 at University of Zürich, Switzerland. Currently, Alina Rusu is Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education (School of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Babes-Bolyai University, www.ubbcluj.ro), where she teaches several disciplines with high interdisciplinary openings, such as: Animal Psychology, Psycho-biology of Sexuality, Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities, and Positive Psychology in Inclusive Institutions. Since 2013-present, she is the director of the postgraduate learning program Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities for Persons with Special Needs, in collaboration with the School of Veterinary Sciences (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca). Her research interests are within the areas of applied ethology (human-animal interactions), evolutionary psychology and community-oriented experiential learning (Service-Learning). She is the author of more than 40 research papers in the fields of her research interests, as well as of several books and book chapters. In 2017, she was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. In March 2018, she was awarded the title of Romanian-US Fulbright Commission Ambassador for the Romanian Academic Environment (2018-2023).

Mugur Pop

Passionate about horses, nature, freedom, Mugur Pop is one of today’s celebrated personalities because he has a set of powerful values and is able to inspire others.Mugur Pop is not only a nonconformist who has given up town life and moved to a farm on the edge of a forest where he is growing horses and is leading beautiful projects. Social projects involving children with disabilities and projects in which they show to the small and large the importance of the relationship with nature.He is a man who lives after the set of values he transmits, and everything he does is an inspiration for all who seek balance in life, a strong relationship with nature and the power to truly discover life.

Rodica Pana

I was born in Lugoj, Romania  in 1962. I graduated from Colegiul Banatean High School and I studied at West University in Timisoara Faculty of Economics and Business Administration. In 1992 I have open my accounting company and in the same time, together with other 4 friends we build up on NGO working in social fields. Although, I am economist as background, I have always been attracted by the NGO sector, developing programs and projects, teaching and training.In 2004 I start my study in Dialogical training methods, under umbrella of University of Leipzig. In 2005 I founded the Association Center for Promoting Ligelong Learning and until today, together with my team, we are running around 85 European projects on different topics and for different target groups. I am master trainer in Dialogical methods and I developed training programmes and projects on this subject.

IMPORTANT: Places are limited to 15 participants. Please, register yourself early to avoid disappointment!

To register please click here: www.bit.ly/2spstUT