This isn't just for you.
It could be what saves your partner's life.

Join us to learn how to get a handle on the stress this job can bring.

Find a Class in your area. Enroll Today.

Each class is ONE DAY in length.
Each location offers classes on TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS. Select the day that best fits your schedule.
All training classes are FREE to CCPOA members and their famlies.

Solano Area - 6/26 & 6/27
Fresno Area - 8/15 & 8/16
Bakersfield Area - 8/17 & 8/18
Monterey Area - 9/13 & 9/14
Imperial Valley / San Diego Area - 9/18 & 9/19
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Contact: Katie Kerner,
916-292-2457 or

Why is the Trust Hosting “Wellness” Trainings?

From the moment an individual decides to join the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), he or she is required to participate in a number of trainings, from the Academy to IST, physical fitness to firearms, or perhaps even peer- to-peer support - there is no doubt each officer will enter the prison system trained and ready for anything that may occur on the job.

However, all of these trainings fail at one very key piece - how to properly take care of yourself, both mentally and physically, once you report for duty and begin working at your assigned institution.

It is no secret that prisons are understandably stressful environments. Simply performing your duties as an officer exposes you to a number of stressors that can lead to negative effects on the body and mind.

This series of regional trainings are part of a larger effort to combat these effects by mentally arming each officer with tools to help everyone stay well on the job.

What Are These Trainings All About?

Beginning in March 2017, the Trust launched a series of free, regional trainings to provide tools geared towards corrections officers in an effort to offset the many impacts of working in the stressful prison environment.

The Trust has pulled together a top-notch group of dynamic trainers. Topics presented during the trainings are based upon cutting edge best practices presented by experts in a variety of fields, while teaching real-time techniques to be used on the job, and at home:

  • Identifying Sources of Stress
  • Tools & Tips for On the Job Wellness
  • Peer-to-Peer Support
  • Addressing Stigma and Barriers to Access
  • Well-Being is Union Business
  • Wellness Resources & Best Practices

You will hear from fellow corrections officers, health care and legal professionals, prison chaplains, and citizens committed to mental health and wellness in the world of corrections.

Our goal is simple: we want to create an open, safe, forum to provide each attendee with tangible tools and strategies to aide in their personal health and overall wellness with carefully developed content from experts with practical and clinical experience in this field.

Why Should I Attend? There’s a Cost, Right?

These trainings are an opportunity to learn how to combat issues you may face on the day-to-day at work.

We see these as supplemental to required IST, and encourage you to bring your partner, spouse or family members.

There is no cost to attend, we only ask that you pre-register online, and we will provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day.

All registered participants will receive take-home materials, and will be entered in a raffle to win a "Wellness" gift basket at each training.

Wellness Resources: (Partial List)

Desert Waters

Desert Waters specializes in the wellness of corrections agencies and corrections staff of all disciplines.

Desert Waters Correctional Oasis (Free Newsletter. Subscription Available at no Charge)

"The Best Defense May be a Good Offense" (From Desert Waters Correctional Oasis)

"Seeking Help" (From Desert Waters Correctional Oasis)


Safe Call Now

Safe Call Now is a CONFIDENTIAL, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral  service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide.

Safe Call Now & the Importance of Peer Support

Who's on the Agenda?

Learn from people in the know. We have a strong roster of speakers with real-world know how and experience.
Just some of the people scheduled to appear:*

James Baumiller: Benefit Trust Chairman

Thayer Crouse: Director of First Responder Services, Deer Hollow Recovery

John A. Ferrone: Partner-Adams, Ferrone & Ferrone

Brenda Gibbons: Correctional Peace Officer Standards & Training, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Kate McKenzie: Labor Liaison, LMP, McKenzie Solutions

Chaplain Mindi: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy - Sacramento

Katherine Minnich: Deputy Director, Human Resources, CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Sean Riley: Founder & President, Safe Call Now

Stephen Walker: Director, Governmental Affairs, CA Correctional Peace Officers Association

Alexandra Wilson: MPH, Territory Manager, CalPERS Kaiser Permanente

* Speakers subject to change. Not all speakers available at all venues