The American Probation and Parole Association recently re-launched this Community Corrections Connect site on a new platform with enhanced features. We are so excited you have decided to join us on this new and improved version. Thank you for your support!
We would like to take a moment to discuss how to get the most out of your Community Corrections Connect membership. At the end of this blog post, we will offer you the opportunity to ask any follow-up questions you may have, as well as provide input on what topical discussion you would like to see.
Tips for Learning Community Success
Below are some easy ways to get the most out of your experience on CC Connect:
• Fill in your profile, adding a photo/avatar, biography, and more information about yourself and your role in the field of corrections.
• Go to Discussions and review each of the listed training and topical discussions to gain an understanding of what the moderator is discussing and read other participants’ comments.
• Follow the entire group via notifications in your inbox or your connections stream. If you choose to follow the entire group, you will be notified whenever there is new activity on the site (i.e., a new response to a discussion, a new discussion is posted, a new document is uploaded, etc.). You can enable this feature by clicking on the “Follow” button on the Community Corrections Connect blue header bar (top right of your screen). A drop-down menu will be revealed, you can check the box in front of “Inbox,” and then click on the word “Done.” If you would like to disable this feature, you can click on the “Follow” button again and click on the words “Stop Following.”
• Subscribe to be notified via email of new discussion comments on a particular discussion thread only. You can enable this feature by clicking on the “Follow” button on the right hand side of your screen when you are inside the discussion forum that interests you. A drop-down menu will be revealed, you can check the box in front of “Inbox,” and then click on the word “Done.” If you would like to disable this feature, you can click on the “Follow” button again and click on the words “Stop Following.”
•Subscribe to be notified via email of new blog posts. Similar to subscribing to discussions, when you go to the blog, look for the “Follow” button on the right hand side of your screen. A drop-down menu will be revealed, you can check the box in front of “Inbox,” and then click on the word “Done.” If you would like to disable this feature, you click on the “Follow” button again and click on the words “Stop Following.”
• Bookmark your favorite discussions, blog posts, and documents for easy future access. While on the chosen page, click on “Bookmark” on the right hand side of your screen. If you would like to disable this feature, just do the reverse. You can access your Bookmarks when you go to your member profile, click “More” to reveal drop-down menu, and click on Bookmarks.
• Participate by commenting on discussions of interest to you. We are pleased to see many members signing up. However, with so many new members, we should be seeing plenty of new comments and interaction. Don’t be shy—pick a discussion and share your thoughts related to the subject matter.
• Invite your co-workers and associates to participate in Community Corrections Connect. Don’t keep this interactive way to connect with other community corrections professionals to yourself. Spread the news by word of mouth, email, and social media to build up this community so that it can become a helpful resource to correctional professionals around the nation. Once they join, you can Follow their activity or endorse their skills.
Your Input Requested
We hope that you have found these quick tips to be helpful. However, if you still have questions, feel free to comment below and we will be glad to provide more personalized assistance.
Finally, we want Community Corrections Connect to be YOUR online community. Therefore we are asking you to tell us what topical discussions would be of interest.
What do YOU want to talk about:
- Evidence based practice?
- Motivational interviewing?
- Effective training and staff development methods?
- Simplified case management techniques?
- Methods to maintain compliance?
- Safety/defense techniques?
- Successful supervision and home visitation?
- Cybercrime/ use of technology?
- Collection of victim restitution?
- Something else?
This is your opportunity to provide your opinion and mold this online community in a way that will benefit you and others within the field-- help us help you.
We look forward to hearing from you!