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Hands down, best instructor I’ve had in my career. As a Supervisor, I love hearing the custody staff talking about the class and what they learned. This is my third class with [Ms. McDermott] and she rocked it again. I am actively using the realistic, simple and effective tools I have learned and can’t wait until I can take another one of her classes.
I was assigned to take [ICT’s three day] Leadership Seminar … it was without a doubt, the best training that I have attended in my 19 years with this department. Ms. McDermott had keen insight into the future of this department and challenged us to share in that vision. Not only did we have the challenge of looking at our careers, and our fit in the future here, but we had a team building experience that will enhance our ability to work together as a team. We all left the training with a renewed hope for the future of our department and the role that we play in it…
Ms. McDermott is a high achieving individual with a work ethic that is unmatched. She has outstanding public speaking, coaching, and training skills. … but I think her most valuable assets are her unwavering positive attitude and solid leadership skills. She exudes a positive attitude that is contagious to others and … led to a team approach and a can do attitude when confronted with challenges. I have seen few that have her level of skill in this area.
It must be immensely gratifying to facilitate the degree of growth and interpersonal insight in people I observed in the three days you spent with us.
Our department has struggled with meetings for years. They have been so bad, for so long, that people simply refuse to come. Therefore, our ability to disperse critical information is crippled. During this training, we found ourselves looking at one another and lights went on all over the room for our managers. It is so simple yet we have not had these tools before. During the class, we formulated a new meeting agenda template and are actually excited about our next meeting! The class was also a lot of fun, an added bonus. Thank you!
[ICT] provides the most motivating and unique training I have seen in my thirty years of probation work! Donna’s style and ability to tailor the training to your department makes ICT an agent for positive change in your organization.
I came to [ICT’s three day Leadership Seminar] expecting the same old, same old. I was shocked to not only find myself loving the course but learning things about my work community that I had never even considered. My outlook towards each person has changed and the things I learned about myself made a powerful impact on my life, paths, and choices that are now, crystal clear. Now, I will make those choices based on conscious decisions. My eyes are wide open!
Understanding the learning process beginning with unconscious incompetence was extremely useful to me. This helps me to better evaluate and understand the training needs of different staff. Great tool.
This seminar provided real tools that I can take back and implement immediately to create change. The information about old brain/new brain (neurobiological responses) to fear was amazing and I can take that back to make officers and the public safer. It gives me hope with all that is happening with police shootings. We can fix this and now, I know how.
During the past six months, I have worked closely with Ms. McDermott, who provided extensive training for our department. She provided team-building training for the management team and ethics training to all line staff. She also provided technical assistance in the area of arming and was especially helpful to me in creating new policies and procedures for the department. Ms. McDermott is very dedicated to the field of probation and has an outstanding work ethic.
D. R. “Jamie” McDermott,
CEO and Founder of ICT
“The answers to the real problems we face in restorative justice and public safety are never found in training manuals. Therefore, it is always a mistake to think we can teach people what to think. The goal, instead, should be to provide them with the tools they need to think through a problem, develop an ethical solution, and act in the face of profound stress. This is what ICT does. This is who we are.” – D. R. “Jamie” McDermott, MPPA
“One of the most thought provoking and self reflective trainings I have [participated in]. [I am] definitely leaving feeling inspired.” ” Best training I’ve had.” “Made me believe in myself and [my] qualities. I know now what I must do to be a great leader.” “I am grateful I got this opportunity to invest in my self and learn things I will use to continue to grow.” “I truly enjoyed learning about myself and the way I learn and the areas I can grow. Thank you for showing interest in who we really area as individuals.” “Took away so many valuable lessons. Thank you so much for everything you do.” “Jamie is great!! Awesome!! Made people come out of their comfort zone and that helped me have more confidence in myself. Thank you, Jamie.” – Graduates of Leadership Seminar
Jamie works with approximately 10,000 people per year. This is what they have to say about the training they received.
“Amazing class! I learned many new skills … . Jamie’s humor and energy made the class exciting.” “This should be a mandatory class for all staff at the department. Jamie is an excellent instructor.” – Division Director
“Phenomenal seminar! We need more of this.” “I love listening to Jamie speak. She provides real life scenarios from direct experience in law enforcement that cause us to think. Her stories and wisdom are something that make her classes enjoyable. I really enjoyed learning about implicit bias.” “Thank you for opening my eyes!”
“Love the tools provided and also love the way Jamie paints pictures with words and provides meaningful examples.”
Evidence Based Tools That Enhance Proactive Risk Management: When staff and leaders know how to assess what is needed in challenging, even dangerous, high risk situations, risk is mitigated and the appropriate course of action becomes clear. If you have attended one of Jamie’s courses, you have experienced, first hand, the fascinating, revolutionary and fun connections that occur when using these cards to identify needs and thereby, the solutions to complex issues.
“I wish someone would have taught me this in grade school. I would have had a different life.” -Juvenile Corrections Officer
“I used these last night before having a challenging conversation and am totally amazed at how well they worked! The conversation went so much better than I could have imagined.” – Human Resources Director
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“After purchasing a deck for work at the seminar, I found myself pulling the cards out of my briefcase and using them with my wife and children. Initially, I was shocked how much the story in my head about what was happening did not match what their actual feelings/needs were. I understand my family and coworkers so much better now. I can’t express the level of gratitude that I feel as your class (Conscious Communication) and this simple tool have changed the tone and my interactions with my family and in my workplace. People are noticing the change in my approach and they appreciate the new level of conversational skills I am practicing and that feels very rewarding. The clear and easy to use tools allowed me to manage conversations in a way that my intentions now match the outcomes I want. This has changed how I communicate at home, with people I really care about in very meaningful ways. This is so simple and I wish I would have learned these skills long ago. Thank you for this skill set. I really appreciate how your seminars translate as much to home life as to the office.”
– Executive Team Member
• Serve public safety organizations that are committed to building competencies and a plan for ongoing success in personnel, sworn and non-sworn
• Specialize in the creation and delivery of dynamic, learner-centered training curricula
• Provide proven, expert, and credible training that is specifically designed to develop positive leadership and management skills in probation, police, sheriff’s and prison personnel
• Analyze current trends and best practices that stem from direct experience in the field to bring the most up-to-date, advanced training available