The Varalli Group, Inc. (TVG) - Community Corrections/Health Training, Coaching and Consulting
News and Updates

Kristen Jackson Joins TVG
Kristen is excited to join The Varalli Group, Inc. so that she can share her experiences with MI with fellow criminal justice colleagues while also continuing to advance her skills.

Kristen Jackson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from SUNY Cortland. She is currently employed by Onondaga County, where she has worked as a Probation Officer for the last 13 years. Kristen has experience working in many different units within her department, including Criminal and Family Court Investigations, Electronic Home Confinement, Alternative To Incarceration Programs, Driving While Intoxicated, and Rockefeller Drug Law Reform. She also is a member of the Community Deployment and Active Shooter teams in her office.

Kristen is the recipient of the 2011 New York State Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. Presently, Kristen is assigned to Syracuse Community Treatment Court, where she works closely with Drug Court personnel to provide a supportive and structured program for probation violators struggling with substance abuse issues. She is a facilitator of Moral Reconation Therapy and enjoys working with offenders to guide them in setting and achieving goals, while at the same time promoting public safety. She has completed both Basic and Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training through the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, and has demonstrated competency in the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills. 

Motivational Interviewing Class
Lead Trainer, David Varalli, instructing at a class for the Dutchess County Office
of Probation and Community Corrections. We are building relationships with professionals who value the practice of MI.
If an offender can be influenced to exhibit improved behaviors, the likelihood of future victimization is minimized, thus improving the condition of the individual while also protecting the community.

Training in Ulster County - Fall 2017
TVG returns from Ulster County where we trained Motivational Interviewing Skills to Probation Officers, Substance Use and Re-entry Professionals. We are fortunate to be returning to the area several times this fall and next year as they begin implementing the practice into their entire organizations!

Looking forward to the views there this fall!

Suzanne Braselton Joins the Team 
We are very pleased to announce the addition of Suzanne Braselton to The Varalli Group as Office Manager. Suzanne brings over 28 years of experience in pre-press publishing and over 17 years in office management. She also currently manages the offices of Braselton’s Music and Braselton’s Desktop Publishing Services located in Marion, New York.  

She is the organizational cornerstone of the offices she serves. Suzanne's responsibilities for TVG include assisting with reception, scheduling, contracting, accounting, document management and much more as she helps us to deliver the best services possible. She is a high energy, positive asset to TVG.

TVG proudly begins a partnership 
with is a group of training and content specialists with years of experience with the United States Government, plus gifted private sector presenters in selected fields. Their areas of expertise varies widely. . . but what we have in common is years of the very best preparation and training experience available. The group is administered by Danny Kuhn, Jim Patterson, and Eddie Samson, former managers and trainers with the U.S. Courts. We plan to share our experience, expertise and zest for collaboration in providing the best training experiences possible.  

Rick Kent - Trainer Biography
Rick Kent is a  member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since September 2016. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with New York State, and has 12 years of experience in the mental health field.  He has served as a social worker at Central New York Psychiatric Center’s satellite unit at Attica Correctional Facility and  provided primary therapy to inmates in the Intermediate Care Program. He also served as the program manager for a transitional residence on the campus of the Rochester Psychiatric Center (RPC).

Currently, he is serving as Social Work Supervisor and supervises the clinical practice of approximately 25 outpatient, mobile crisis, and family care social workers in RPC’s Community Services Unit. Rick previously taught online courses for Empire State College, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. Most recently he has begun teaching and coaching Motivational Interviewing skills to groups and individuals.

TVG kicks off 2016 with an exciting opportunity 
for growth and partnership!
January 2016 saw David and Ms. Cheryl Martin traveling to NYC to partner with CCSI and CUNY faculty in the area of SBIRT and MI. It is exciting to widen our experience and knowledge base in the areas of Nursing and Health and Human Services education. CUNY faculty will educate students about "Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment" as they develop their knowledge and begin clinical experience. Motivational Interviewing will also be taught and practiced with this evidence based model. It is an honor and pleasure to partner with both of these fine organizations.

The Varalli Group is pleased to partner and collaborate with a fellow MINTIE in upcoming and ongoing training. 
Cheryl Martin – Trainer Biography
Cheryl Martin has a BSN in Nursing, an MA in Psychology and nearly 45 years of experience as an RN working in the areas of: gynecology, post-surgical unit, operating room, home care and hospital pharmacy. In addition, Cheryl is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network Trainers (MINT), a Motivational Interviewing Assessment Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA: STEP) trainer for the NIDA Blending Initiative, a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and also holds a Trauma Certificate from the University of Buffalo.  She has developed curriculum and delivered training on a variety of topics including: Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Planning, trauma and
co-occurring disorders.

 Past Training Events
Motivational Interviewing for Parents, Advocates and Case Workers
David and Cheryl again had the opportunity to partner to train basic Motivational Interviewing Skills to parents, advocates, counselors and family support specialists for New York State Youth with Mental Health Needs/Concerns to an audience of 80. Participants enjoyed the mix of medical and criminal justice flavors that enhanced their experience. 

Basic Motivational Interviewing 
David returned to Wayne County Probation where he provided Basic Motivational Interviewing Training to the Probation Officers.  

Real Colors Personality Training
Real Colors Personality Instruments were flying around the offices of Peace Prints Ministries facilitating a Communication Skills Training for staff. Posters, drawings, markers and flip charts helped the group learn more about themselves, each other and their managers.

Basic and Advanced Motivational Interviewing
Basic and Advanced Motivational Interviewing is scheduled for September and October 2015 with the State of New Jersey, High Risk Caseloads.

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