From the 3rd till 7th of October 2022; the second edition of International Training School on Core Correctional Skills will take place in Barcelona (the Center for Legal Studies and specialized training). This training is in cooperation with European Strategies Consulting, CEP, the Centre for Legal Studies and the University of Barcelona.

During this week, core correctional skills (such as relationship skills, pro-social modeling, modelling, problem solving, motivational interviewing and cognitive restructuring) will be developed taking into account the basics but also the most up to date and evidence based practices.

For instance, building up the working alliance will cover issues such as clarifying the role or socializing into the role, empathy, dealing with resistance and so on but will also look into how to deal with power imbalance, how to maximize choices, how to ensure co-production and how to maintain and develop working alliance in a digital world. Therefore, the training is invaluable for probation officers and other correctional professionals involved in offender rehabilitation, either as an introduction to rehabilitation work or as a support for updating and refreshing the core correctional skills.

We are strong believers in modern learning approaches. Therefore, we will use flip learning and other adult learning concepts to enhance not only the understanding of those skills but also their use in real-life situations. In this respect, role-play and coaching will stay at the heart of our learning approach. Also; the training is based on the published book Core Correctional Skills by Professor Ioan Durnescu of the University of Bucharest, Romania. Know more about the book Core Correctional Skills.

During the training week, the practitioners will develop core correctional skills taking into account the basics and the most up to date evidence-based practices in:

  • Relationship skills
  • Pro-social modeling
  • Problem-solving
  • Motivational Interview
  • Cognitive restructuring

To give just one example, the module regarding relationship skills or building up the working alliance will cover issues such as clarifying the role or socialising into the role, empathy, dealing with resistance, looking into how to deal with a power imbalance, maximising choices, ensuring co-production, and maintaining and developing a working alliance in a digital world.

As a novelty, this edition will tackle also the issue of resilience and burnout as fast changes that took place in the last few years placed huge pressure on correctional staff challenging, therefore, their coping skills.

The modern learning approach of the training, through role-play and coaching, will enhance the understanding and the use of core skills in real-life situations and will bring the skills in the modern days through evidence and meaningful practice.

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Our special guest for this year is Prof. Fergus McNEILL, Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, who will help our participants to share their knowledge and experience while discovering new insights into modern supervision practice.


Drd. Iuliana Elena Cărbunaru, probation inspector in the National Probation Directorate within the Romanian Ministry of Justice

Prof. Jo Clarke, PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, EuroPsy, founder and Director of Petros (, an award-winning, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting people to thrive at work.

Anna Esquerrà Roqueta, Policy and Liaison officer at the Confederation of European Probation and associate professor at the University of Barcelona, Department of Social Work, Social Services and Social Policy.

Joseph Arvidson, MS, has over 33 years of experience in Corrections. In his current role, he is responsible for strategic planning, program development, and making recommendations on policies, procedures, and services related to the implementation of evidence-based practices for the Ramsey County Community Corrections Department, in Saint Paul, USA.

Prof. Dr. Ioan DURNESCU, professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work.


Prof. Ioan Durnescu interviewing Prof. Jo Clarke.

Prof. Ioan Durnescu and Drd. Iuliana Elena Cărbunaru having a conversation with Marc Ceron Riera (Deputy Director for Training and Research, The Center of Legal Studies, Barcelona) about the latest news about ITSCC.


Centre for Legal Studies and Specialized Training
Carrer de Pau Claris, 158
08009 Barcelona, Spain

Registration and payment

Register here: You will receive confirmation of your registration.
EARLY BIRD TICKETS, before 30th of June 2022, is 500€ plus VAT
NORMAL TICKETS: 600€ plus VAT (after 30th of June 2022).
Full reimbursement is guaranteed in case of cancellation.

Registration deadline

The closing date for registration is when the maximum of 24 participants have registered, but no later than 9th of September 2022.


More information, click here or for more details, please contact prof. Ioan Durnescu:

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