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!
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.
… As a seasoned, professional facilitator, Ms. McDermott presented and demonstrated the core values of integrity, courage, honesty & trustworthiness. She demonstrated that ethics can be modeled, chosen, distinguished and applied. We learned that it is a decision available each day; so each day, we have an option and an opportunity to make a different choice. Additionally, she verbalized and described some of the root causes of fear/addiction; she classified one of the leading, underlying causes that prevents ethics from being a chosen response … This class changed the quality of my life & work!
We are very pleased with the outcomes of this developmental training and it is a pleasure to hear staff talking about, and more importantly, practicing what they learned. I highly recommend Island Consulting & Training and the evaluations from my staff support this endorsement of superior training. Ms. McDermott customized our training to meet our specific needs, and I am aware that she has customized training for a number of Probation Departments. Ms. McDermott is a talented instructor, facilitator, and trainer and we are looking forward to having her work with us on other training ventures.
Her positive spirit, enthusiasm, and her passion for involving staff at every level and throughout the process promoted a sense of ownership in those who had begun to grow disheartened under new pressures. With renewed vigor, increasingly more staff invested their energy under her leadership and coaching style.
After your [Motivational Interviewing and Training for Trainers] courses, I made a connection with the kids for the first time while teaching. I feel effective for the first time in my job. Thank you.
Ms. McDermott, … facilitated a three day Executive Seminar … in 2015. The training was exceptional and a profound team-building experience. Because of the overwhelming success of the seminar, we extended the training to all of our leadership team, including first line supervisors in the field and institutions. The training included Leadership Competencies, Competent Communication, Ethics and Risk Management. The training received very positive reviews, so we invited Ms. McDermott back to provide Ethics and Risk Management training for all of our sworn and non-sworn staff.
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…
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 our recent restructure, staff told me that your leadership seminar gave them the courage and tools to step up and take a leadership role. The seminar profoundly changed our workplace.
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
Here’s what some of the 14,000 ICT seminar and training participants are saying.
“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.”
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“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
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