Event Calendar

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Meetup: Be Well Wednesdays: Let’s Be Real: Embracing Radical Candor

Start Date: 3/23/2022 3:10 PM EDT
End Date: 3/23/2022 4:00 PM EDT


Organization Name: NAPD

Contact:
Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

About Be Well Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 12:10-1:00 pm Pacific/3:10-4:00 pm Eastern. Drop in for any session. Stay for all or part of the session. Always free.  BWW is an ongoing series of drop in sessions to support your well-being. Each session includes an experiential practice (meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, journaling, etc.) and/or facilitated discussion about sustaining well-being in public defense. Sometimes there is an introductory overview but these sessions focus more on participatory experience and less on presentation.

Do I need to register for each session I want to attend? No! To attend future BWW meetups and receive schedule updates, announcements, and shared materials, please send a blank email to BeWellWednesdays+subscribe@NAPD.groups.io . The list will not send abundant emails, just a weekly link/reminder and occasionally session materials.

About This Week: 



Be Well Wendesdays, 3/23/22, Let's Be Real: Embracing Radical Candor - Gina Pruski and Justin Heim 

About this week's session: Radical Candor encourages us to face difficult relationships or conversations head on, rather than perpetuate cycles of passive aggression and misunderstanding. It is not about brutal honesty, it’s about “Caring Personally” and “Challenging Directly”. Let’s discuss the ways we can utilize Radical Candor in our personal and professional lives.

About the Facilitators: 
Gina Pruski: 
Gina Pruski is the Director of Training and Development for the State Public Defender’s Office (SPD) in Wisconsin. After obtaining both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she began her career with the SPD in 1992 serving first as a staff attorney in the Trial Division and then as Deputy Legal Counsel and Legislative Liaison for the agency. Gina was the 2016-17 Chair of the National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators (NAIDE), the trainers’ section of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and is currently an executive officer of NAIDE. She is a member of the National Association of Public Defense (NAPD) and serves on NAPD’s Education Committee, the NAPD Academy Advisory Group and the NAPD Executive Leadership Institute Focus Group. She frequently conducts training for public defender trainers around the country. In 2017 and 2018, Gina served as a trainer consultant for NLADA for the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice (S+J) Challenge. In addition, on behalf of the U.S. State Department, Gina provided mentoring and technical assistance in the area of training and professional development to the Public Defender’s Office in Armenia. In March 2018, she conducted train-the-trainer programs for criminal justice professionals in Yerevan. She has received extensive training in the area of racial justice facilitation, is one of the YWCA of Madison’s Race to Equity facilitators and conducts workshops and presentations on the topic of unconscious bias for public defender offices around the country and, in 2016, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association in Canada. Other subjects for which she conducts training at the national level include poverty, cultural humility, public defender wellness and leadership. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Youth Company, is co-author of the Wisconsin Juvenile Law Handbook published by the State Bar of Wisconsin and is faculty for the Skills Intensive Training of the Lawyering Skills Course at the UW Law School. She also regularly volunteers as a judge for moot court and mock trial competitions around Wisconsin. Gina is a 2011 recipient of the Women in the Law honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Justin Heim: Justin Heim is a Staff Development Program Specialist at the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office. Before taking a position in the training division, he worked for 7 years as a mitigation specialist in the appellate division. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, he worked in various community mental health settings in Colorado. His training is in Contemplative Counseling Psychology, which integrates traditional psychological models with the contemplative traditions of the East and West.

About Be Well Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 12:10-1:00 pm Pacific/3:10-4:00 pm Eastern. Drop in for any session. Stay for all or part of the session. Always free.
 
WHAT: BWW is an ongoing series of drop in sessions to support your well-being. Each session includes an experiential practice (meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, journaling, etc.) and/or facilitated discussion about sustaining well-being in public defense. Sometimes there is an introductory overview but these sessions focus more on participatory experience and less on presentation.

WHO:   Schedule of facilitators and practices: BWW is brought to you by this planning team: Jenny Andrews, Gina Pruski, Justin Heim, Tatiana Kline, John Lopez, Marilena David and Jeff Sherr.  Please email besustained@gmail.com with feedback or if you’d like to propose a session.
 

FEEDBACK from BWW participants

-Thanks for providing this well needed break during our busy virtual weeks.

-I have been loving these weekly be well Wednesday sessions, especially the breath and mindfulness exercises!

-Thank you so much for presenting this. It is so needed. I hit a wall and didn’t even know I was headed for it. I have been recommending it to my colleagues.

-I just wanted to express my thanks for these gatherings. I attended my first this past Wednesday, on the topic of Emotional Intelligence. I got a lot out of it, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing questions and sharing.

-I’m always surprised by how much I get out of the self-reflection sessions, like today’s with Caitlin, or last week’s with John.

-I am very grateful to have Zoomed in today and found Tonglen with you.

-I just learned about Be Well Wednesdays last week and loved the Tree of Life Journaling. Thank you for offering this. This is much needed right now.

-Thank you for creating and facilitating this space!  It is always a much-needed respite in the middle of the week.

-I love the music.

-I loved Tatiana Kline’s gratitude and journaling.

-I've loved all the exercises, having different folks leading the discussions, and your calm, encouraging spirit.