Wyoming Department of Corrections Announces employee of the year for 2020

(Cheyenne, WY) – The Wyoming Department of Corrections has released the following statement acknowledging Lauren Kenney, who was named employee of the year.

“Ms. Kenney has improved the case worker trainings opportunities as well as partnered with the Field Service Training to provide co-located training. She has also become trained in Thinking for a Change and volunteered to co-facilitate a group in the Cheyenne Field Office to gain experience in the curriculum. Ms. Kenney attended a training on trauma-informed care and worked with WWC to implement gender specific trauma informed care programming at that institution. She will be working on implementation at WSP in the future.”

“Ms. Kenney coordinated a tele-training with Randy Cole on risk assessments for sec offenders and implementing evidence based evaluation of risk over time. This involved both the prison and field staff. Ms. Kenney has also become a Bridges out of Poverty trainer for the Department.”


“Ms. Kenney led a work group of facility staff and supervisors to conduct research on all current programming available at WDOC institutions then presented to Senior staff on what programs best align with the inmate population and evidence based practices. She reviewed the existing parole and ACC summaries and combined both for consistency and ease of the staff completing the documents and case for data collection. She updated the case work audit tool with a work group of prison supervisors. She also partnered with the Field to provide mental health and first aid training to Feld offices for in-service to meet the requirements of the training curriculum.”

“Ms. Kenney created in-service training for case workers that included trauma informed care that was presented by Laura McKinnon. She also hosted the COMPAS refresher training to seasoned users both on-line and in-person at the facilities. She also serves as a member of the Compass workgroup which is a collaboration with prison and Field Services.”

“Ms. Kenney deserves this recognition, congratulations Lauren.”

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