Wisconsin Community Services serves individuals who are involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the criminal justice system, as well as other vulnerable community members. Jim serves as the Project Manager of Community Building Milwaukee, an initiative that incorporates the use of a Community Building change process. Community Building is an intense interpersonal group process that promotes social and emotional learning and builds on core relational competencies.
Jim left the Institute wanting to meet with several individuals, including his leadership. Jim met with the administrator of Wisconsin Community Services about the Institute and shared information and resources with him. They found that many of their programs are fully integrating relationship education into their services, but some programs still needed support to get to the same level of integration. Overall, the administrator has shown great support for integration and is looking into ways that the Resource Center trainings can fit within their current trainings. They are planning to use the Virtual Training Center and the Resource Center curriculum to bring all programs to a place of fully integrating relationship education into their agency. Jim hopes that these resources can be used with both staff and clients they serve. Jim’s next steps are to continue to stay current with what is available from the Resource Center and to distribute tip sheets from the Resource Center to participants in the Community Building Workshops