6 July 2016

Prof. Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec on Applied Creativity and Innovation in Law Enforcement and Corrections

In 2013, Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec received an interesting application to one of the Invest for the Future female entrepreneurship conferences she was leading for ZSEM and the US Department of State.  One expert from Romania had applied as an authority in communication training offering a workshop to female entrepreneurs at the conference.  What stood out on the application besides a well thought out program was the position Ms. Raluca Stuparu held at as a Trainer and Lieutenant in the Romanian Penitentiary Administration.  She offered a unique perspective of dealing with high stress situation in prisons so she not only attended and led her workshop at the IFTF event in Struga but joined the network as an active member.

Fast forward to April 2015, the long awaited collaboration between Raluca and Tina in Bucharest.  On April 6, 2015 Professor Odinsky-Zec met with the rector of the Police Academy of Romania which has high University standards and a competitive list of entrants requirements to introduce ZSEM and its programs as well as learn about the accomplishments of their university at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level.  120 Cadets were gathered to participate in Odinsky-Zec’s lecture on Applied Creativity and Innovation in Law Enforcement and Corrections which was well received by the students as it was interactive and showed a wide range of examples of how dancing prisoners in the Philippines, singing policemen in Delaware are trying to break negative perceptions as well as highlight the craft of forensic art in investigation and commercial applications to name a few highlights.

The following day, April 7, 2015, Tina and Raluca held a joint bilingual workshop (Romanian/English) for educators, trainers, social workers, psychologists and reintegration experts at the Rahova prison just outside of Bucharest.  The workshop titled Storyboarding and more Creativity Development Tools was held from 10 to 12:30 and presented some insights on the importance of creativity and play in coping with life.  It included research by Stuart Brown on play histories of prisoners in maximum security prisons and how to use creativity for positive social impact.  The participants got to engage in storyboarding and mind mapping as tools to help open up their own communication as well as applications for such techniques in therapy with the prisoners in their ward.

The 2-day collaboration was made possible by special invitation and permission by the Director of Human Resources Department for the ANP, Chief Commissioner Gheorghe Iftinca; Chief Commissioner Denis Darie, governor of Bucharest Rahova Prison and Dr. Gheorghe Popa, the Rector of the Romanian Police Academy as well as the orchestrator of the project, Lt. Colonel Raluca Stuparu.