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Linn County Emergency Management, IA — 2/28 – 3/1, 2018

February 28 @ 8:00 am - March 1 @ 5:00 pm


2-Days Workshop
MAGNUS Leadership: A Tactical Application of Reversal Theory for Enhanced Officer Wellness and Resiliency


Congratulations on a very successful leadership training program recently held in Southaven, Mississippi.  I wanted each of you to know how powerful your presentation was and how the points mentioned hit the mark.  It was a pleasure meeting both of you and if the DEA New Orleans Field Division can ever be of any assistance please do not hesitate to call… All the best, drive on and God Bless….” 

Craig M. Wiles, Associate SAC, DEA – New Orleans Field Division

“It was a pleasure taking part of your training. I think it is the best training I have taken throughout my career with the NYPD. Thank you and Sheriff Ray Nash. You guys are touching a part of law enforcement that has not been addressed. Keep helping other law enforcers realize that they are “MAGNUS”.  As for me, I know in my heart and mind that I am.  God bless you both for everything.” 

Police Officer Julio Castro, NYPD

Sheriff Brian Gardner of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the National Command are pleased to bring this nationally recognized workshop to Iowa.  

Course Overview In law enforcement one thing is certain, crisis will happen!  Breaking down each crisis to understand the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity is a philosophy known as VUCA.  Viewing the police environment from the VUCA perspective is empowering and an essential skill for police officers nationwide.  In simple terms, VUCA is chaos.  Today the professional LEO must recognize VUCA and mitigate VUCA to minimize disruptive and destabilizing effects on himself or herself and the organization.  The MAGNUS Leadership workshop lead by Dr. Javidi and his associates since 2016 does just that.  This workshop provides practical and tactical counter VUCA strategies for officer effectiveness, wellness and resiliency.  MAGNUS Leadership is based in the science of Reversal Theory, Moral Philosophy and Cognitive Intelligence.  The MAGNUS Leadership workshop is receiving overwhelming response from agencies nationwide.  

Learning Objectives

Upon completing the course, each participant will:

  1. Have a scientific and practical understanding of VUCA while learning the short-term and long-term effects on each Law Enforcement Officer’s Personal and Professional life. 

  2. Understand Reversal Theory as a tactical framework to counter VUCA.

  3. Develop comprehensive emotional intelligence and cognitive learning tools to enhance leadership capacity. 
  4. Increase personal wellness and resiliency.

Course Materials:

Participants will receive the following:

  1. Two (2) textbooks: Deliberate Leadership & Moral Compass for Law Enforcement 
  2. Four (4) Self-Assessments 
  3. Study guide in workbook format during class. 
  4. National Certificate of Completion from the National Command & Staff College 
  5. MAGNUS LeaderSM Challenge Coin and a Nationally Certified Diploma
  6. Induction to the National Command & Staff College

Sheriff Brian Gardner

National Command & Staff College
338 Raleigh Street
Holly Springs, NC 27540
Tel. 919.753.1127

Agency Contact:  Brooke Henning,  319-892-6263, Brooke.Henning@linncounty.org

Available Seats: 30

Location:  Linn County Emergency Management, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Cancellation Policy:  We may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.  If a program is canceled or postponed, we will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges or expenses, including but not limited to cancellation/change charges assessed by hotels, airlines or travel agencies.  Requests for cancellation and/or substitution should be directed to the workshop organizer.  A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to all refunds.  Requests for substitutions for another class or of another attendee for the same class will be accommodated whenever possible.  Additional fees will not be charged for reasonable substitutions.  Refunds will not be issued for ‘no shows”.  All registration fees must be paid prior to the start of the class.

Sheriff Ray Nash, Ret., Senior Vice President of Training, The National Command & Staff College

Ray Nash began his 38-year law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while he was still in high school. After a time as a patrolman and street  supervisor,  he  was  appointed  Police Chief in Irmo, South Carolina at the tender age of 23. Later, he served as a Training Specialist with the Institute of Police Technology and Management (I.P.T.M.) at the University of North Florida, then returned to his native state for his second tenure as a Police Chief, this time in Summerville, SC.

In 1997, Ray began the first of his three terms as the elected Sheriff in Dorchester County, S.C. He retired as sheriff in 2009 to pursue an overseas mission and, for over three years, supported the international police reform effort in Afghanistan as the Criminal Justice Advisor for the US Embassy in Kabul and Professional Development Director for the International Police Coordination Board. Ray recently founded Focal Point Investigations and serves as its CEO and Chief Investigator.

Sheriff Nash has provided consulting services and leadership training to law enforcement agencies for over 30 years.  In 1998, he founded the Police Dynamics Institute to provide character-based leadership training and technical services on an international basis.   He has personally trained over 12,000 police officers, government officials, and business leaders from around the world in his character-based training program called Police Dynamics.

Ray has visited Romania three times to present Police Dynamics to their National Police. He also traveled to Sierra Leone, Africa to train their national police and military leaders. In addition, Ray has trained Russian Police Commanders at the Moscow Police College (held in the US) and over 30 international police and governmental delegations here in the states.  Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted Police Dynamics and are reporting great success in fighting crime and improving officer performance.

Ray holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Education, Training and Development, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration.  He serves  as the Vice-president for Training and Development of the International Academy of Public Safety, Director of the Sheriff’s Institute for Credible Leadership Development, and an adjunct professor at Charleston Southern University.

His home of record is Summerville, SC where he and his wife are the proud parents of three adult children who are all pursuing careers in the medical field.

Christopher Hoina, FBI NA # 222 ~ Director, Criminal Justice of the National Command & Staff College

Christopher Hoina, Sr. is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He currently serves as a law enforcement subject matter expert for the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) advising on law enforcement education as it pertains to the Institute for Credible Leadership Development. Prior to IAPS Christopher held the position as Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With 25 years of law enforcement experience he served in a variety of roles to include: Commander of Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention Teams.

He has extensive teaching experience as a certified law enforcement instructor in both classroom and on-line, at the Academy, Community College and University levels; specializing in content related to Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations (CNT), Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officer training.


February 28 @ 8:00 am
March 1 @ 5:00 pm
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Linn County Emergency Management
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States


Linn County Sheriff’s Office