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Department of Corrections - Incentive Training

ILSR, the RIBCO Union President, along with the State of Rhode Island Office of Learning and Development have collaborated to offer classes designed specifically for the Department of Corrections employees to quality for state incentive credits.  These 24-hour/8-week courses offered by ILSR are taught by Adjunct College Professors and highly trained professionals in their field.

*Please use the Sign-Up link to register for any of the below courses.



For scheduled classes, completion of the Sign-Up form does not guarantee placement in the course. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis as class size is limited. ILSR will contact you directly to confirm your registration status or entry on a waitlist.


For classes not yet scheduled, completion of the Sign-Up form will automatically place you on a waitlist.  When the class is scheduled, ILSR will contact you directly to confirm your registration in the class.


Psychology in the Workplace

This 24-hour course will cover the science of Psychology and Workplace Psychology, which is the study of human behavior in the workplace. Applications of psychological theories and principles to organizations and individuals in the workplace will also be studied. Students will develop interpersonal skills needed to interact with coworkers, supervisors, and individuals in the work environment. Topics include organizational change, teamwork, communication, stress in the workplace, ethical behavior, time management, diversity, cross cultural understanding and other on the job-related issues.

Start Date:  Wednesday, June 14, 2023

   Time:  4:00PM-7:00PM

Psychology/Leadership in the Workplace

This 24-hour class draws upon a variety of researched-based theories and applications related to the study of leadership.  Theoretical paradigms of motivation are discussed and applied to communication styles, decision making, risk-taking, team building, conflict resolution, negotiation, diversity, and inclusion.  Leadership traits, leadership styles and roles are examined in the context of ethics, power, and social responsibility.

Cultural Sociology

Sociology is the study of groups and group interactions.  The term culture refers to the group’s shared practices, values, and beliefs. Sociology and Culture focuses on a group’s way of life, from routine, everyday interactions to the most important parts of group members’ lives. It includes a study of human social behavior, patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and aspects of culture associated with everyday life It includes everything produced by a society. 


This 24-hour class will be presented as a seminar that encourages the discussion of insights and ideas from all participants.  Topics will be related to the impact of family, religion, government, prejudice, and social equity (race, bias, prejudice), physical and mental lifestyle health issues, deviant behavior and crime, marriage, family, government and politics on behavior.

Abnormal Psychology

In this 24-hour class, we will study the patterns of emotion, cognition, and behavior that may be signs of distress or impairment of mental health conditions.   Behavior, emotion, or thinking that may create problems in a person's life or is disruptive to self or other people, may be termed as "abnormal" behavior. If so, the behavior may require some type of psychological diagnosis and mental health intervention. 

Professional Communications

In this 24-hour class, participants will learn effective communication skills in both writing and speaking. Conciseness, tone, and correct grammar will be the focus in emails, reports, letters, and memos. Recent changes in writing, driven by technology and social media, will also be addressed. In the final sessions, oral communication skills will be taught, including listening, clear speaking, body language, credibility, and professionalism. 

Reducing Work-Related Stress

This 24-hour class will draw upon current and earlier research in the areas of psychology, sociology, political science, and philosophy on how to improve our work life balance by better understanding ourselves, co-workers, our family, and friends. Students will improve their self- knowledge, stress management, conflict resolution skills, and ability to help better define their future selves and roles in the workplace and society.

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