|Breaking the Chain|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101 - Volume IX: UNDAMMING THE ICE", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
The chain of command is important in corrections. It is a great way for question to filter from the ranks and for answers to disseminate. And many times, when there is confusion over a situation that has not yet happened before, a broken chain may be the blame.
Not long before I crafted this icebreaker, I had just one person show up for a class which I was teaching. It was an unusual occurrence, as attendance had been strong up until that point. Still, one had to wonder why. If fact, we two – student and I, the instructor- pondered the reasons that just one person showed for class. The theories between me and the student were many:
This segues nicely into a communicators or chain of command module. Our vocation runs on good communication and the chain command is a framework for this. A discussion of this is best achieved by issuing the guideline that real names and scenarios shall not be used as examples. It is best to make it generic and broad. Some discussion topics for this are:
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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