Island Consulting & Training [delivered] an [Ethical Decision Making & Risk Management] class for 95 of our … Department’s supervisors and managers. As a Training Manager, I expect the best training for our staff and Ms. Donna McDermott exceeded my standards.
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.
It only takes a few minutes with [Ms. McDermott] to recognize her intelligence, enthusiasm, dedication, and her love for her work. She employs the admirable combination of firm structure and compassionate caring.
Since having this training [Ethical Decision Making & Risk Management], the morale change within the department was immediately visible, and I have received numerous requests to bring Ms. McDermott back for additional training. By far, this has been the best training I have attended in the past ten years. You will not be disappointed!
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!
I was immediately impressed by Donna’s command knowledge and practice of the subject matter… She not only clearly masters her material… it is also evident that she applies these principles in the real world.
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.
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.
Now I understand current police shootings: the science behind it and how to prevent it through training. This should be mandatory training. Charismatic, motivational instructor … most thought provoking class I’ve ever taken.
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
“Thank you so much for always providing our department with the outstanding training that you share with our staff. The Leadership Academy was no different, I was approached on several occasions by some of the staff attending the Leadership Academy and heard nothing but positive comments on how much they were enjoying their leadership training!!”
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