Implicit Bias in Probation-Uncover, Discover and Discard
STC Cert #4561-0435
The first purpose of this course will be to help probation staff, supervisors and management to become aware of their own unconscious and implicit biases and how these biases impact the way they interact with each other as well as with probation clients (and their family) and the wider community (including interfacing with other agencies.)
The second purpose will be to create strategies and practices within the departmental daily culture that will reduce opportunity for ongoing unconscious and implicit biases.
The third purpose of this course will be to actively eliminate workplace biases and officer to offender biases. The instructor will facilitate targeted interventions and exercises aimed at altering perception, attitudes and actions of participants. The content of the course will be designed to transfer back to the workplace through concrete instructions of actions to take for each situation. This course will have both a pretest and a post test. There will be after-class examination techniques to measure progress personally as well as through supervision to ensure the implementation of course learning.
Covered in this course will be:
How we all are programmed to have and act upon our unconscious biases. It’s in our brains!
This course takes a non-judgmental approach that explains unconscious, implicit biases as part of human survival that have evolved to a time when they have outlived any usefulness the once had.
Unconscious, implicit biases can be based on but not limited to:
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Weight
  • Disability
  • Criminal Past
  • Sexual identity
  • Intelligence
  • Age
  • Size
Ways people act on unconscious biases in the Probation Department:
Workplace-coworkers, supervisors, upper management
  • Insensitive treatment of fellow co-workers
  • Hiring practices
  • Promotion practices-equal vs. unequal opportunity
  • Practices in supervising staff
  • Dismissive attitude towards certain individuals
  • Sexual harassment
Work with offenders
  • Probation recommendations due to officer bias
  • Patterns in case management of offenders-insensitivity, avoidance, overcompensating
  • Ability to appropriately respond to a crisis-under-reaction or over-reaction
  • Discrimination stemming from unconscious bias
How this comes into play with each other as co-workers.
How unconscious biases come into play when you are a supervisor.
How your unconscious bias effects your interaction with juvenile offenders.
How your unconscious bias dictates the way you supervise adult offenders.
Learning Objectives:
At the end of the day participants will be able to:
A. Understand the human origins of unconscious, implicit bias.
B. Recognize their own implicit bias as revealed through class content and activities.
C. Confront their own implicit biases and correct automatic thoughts stemming from these biases.
D. Eliminate, on a daily basis, actions that previously stemmed from their implicit biases.
E. Encourage coworkers, supervisees and others to improve their interactions and to act in sensitive and appropriate ways.
F. Help to create a probation culture that is consciously inclusive and free of the effects of implicit bias.


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