|A Dubious Roll Model|
|By Joe Bouchard|
The following is an installment in "Icebreakers 101: Hello, My Name is Problem", a series featuring "Ice Breaker's" designed to promote training awareness and capabilities in the corrections industry.
Here is a good exercise to use to introduce contraband control modules. It is very simple and inexpensive. In addition, it may inspire bad puns and juvenile toilet humor. Still, that is a small price to pay for an interesting and memorable icebreaker.
In terms of props, what could be simpler than acquiring (nay, borrowing) a roll of toilet paper. Do not get bogged down in brand, ply, texture or strength. The idea is to have a visual for participants to focus on in this exercise inspired by contraband control.
This is how it works:
We can wipe out crime and disorder by focusing on the little things. And this little ice breaker focuses on one of these tiny but persistent perils in corrections.
Joe Bouchard is a Librarian employed with the Michigan Department of Corrections and a collaborator with The International Association of Correctional Training Personnel (IACTP). He is also the author of “IACTP’s Corrections Icebreakers: The Bouchard 101, 2014” and "Operation Icebreakers: Shooting for Excellence" among others. The installments in this series include his opinions. The agency for which he works is not in any way responsible for the content or accuracy of this material, and the views are those of the contributor and not necessarily those of the agency. While some material is influenced by other works, all of the icebreakers have been developed by Joe Bouchard.
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