Craig Corder, a longtime trainer for juvenile probation programs, joined the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) as a Project Coordinator overseeing adult probation and parole and various trainings, including motivational interviewing programs.
“We are very fortunate to have Craig as a member of the CMIT team,” said Christie Davidson, Assistant Director of CMIT. “He has an enormous passion for training that is contagious. We are excited for the possibilities of the future and what we will be able to offer back to the field with Craig’s expertise.”
Corder worked the frontlines of adult parole and juvenile probation at the county and state levels before becoming a trainer for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and its successor, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. In addition to training juvenile probation officer certification classes for CMIT, he provided motivational training at the state and national levels on such topics as Wellness, Strength-Based Employee Management, Self-Development Techniques, Presentation Design and Delivery, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Childhood Trauma and the Fear Response.
“I loved working with juveniles, but one of the things I fell in love with was training,” said Corder. “This is a huge opportunity for me to broaden my horizons, and I am excited to be a part of it.”
Corder is a former adult parole officer and juvenile probation officer and trainer. Corder began his career as an adult parole officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, where he also served as a member of the TDCJ Parole Division Speakers Bureau. He was a juvenile probation officer for Orange County for eight years, with duties including field supervision, intake, grant writing, and special programs implementation.
During his career in the field, Corder placed a strong emphasis on exploring new and innovative programs to assist youth in participating in positive recreational alternatives to delinquent behavior.
At CMIT, Corder will work with programs for adult probation and parole officers and supervisors as well as oversee the Motivational Interviewing Network Training, which is a new way of dealing with offenders to bring about long term changes in their lives and to reduce recidivism. He also will serve as secretariat of the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, a non-profit organization aimed at reducing substance abuse and crime by establishing and funding drugs courts through collaborative community efforts.
Corder also will serve as Southern Regional Field Coordinator for the National Institute of Corrections. This will allow him to network with similar officials in eight to 10 other states to plan project and implement training.