3-Days GREAT TO MAGNUS: Leadership, Wellness and Mental Toughness - Harris County Sheriff's Office, TX - September 27-29, 2022

Sponsored by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Dates: September 27-29, 2022
Schedule: 8am-5pm daily (CST)
Credit Type:  24 hours
Location: Harris County Sheriff’s Office, 2316 Atascocita Rd., Humble, Texas 77396
Registration: $495
Registration Closes: September 15, 2022



We are living in a rapidly changing world! As culture changes, it is crucial for leaders to adapt to this new dynamic. Public Safety professionals live with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) daily. The scrutiny and criticism pitted against law enforcement today is unprecedented creating increasing stress on law enforcement professionals around the world. GREAT is no longer good enough. This workshop makes the argument that there is a “next” for GREAT leaders. The “next” is to become MAGNUS because the new normal mandates this leadership progression.

  • If you are looking to reduce risks and liabilities, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop will deliver!
  • If you desire to improve community trust and recognize the need to reduce community criticism, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.
  • If you wish to build stronger leadership, performance and psychological resilience, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.
  • If you are looking to increase retention, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.

The great value of MAGNUS Leadership Principles is based on the science and practices of human behavior and are delivered in a format that is easily applicable to our daily lives to improve leadership and well-being of each person willing to apply these principles.  The workshop introduces a new theory of human behavior “MAGNUS OVEA” that utilizes a series of interlinking interpersonal and intrapersonal neurobiological capacities designed to turbocharge start performance.  Filled with tactical and practical tools, you will be able to identify, relate to and build a road map for your journey to include information on a new set of self-assessments tools to measure psychological, emotional and biological key performance indicators and a and digital (Android and iOS) AAP.

Learning ObjectivesUpon completing the course, each participant will:

  • Develop an understanding of GREAT to MAGNUS principles.
  • Apply Interpersonal and Intrapersonal neurobiology principles to enhance wellness and wellbeing.
  • Identify what sabotages you and how to stop your personal saboteurs.
  • Acquire tools to become more and strengthen leadership and performance.
  • Learn how to apply Emotional Intelligence and Positive Intelligence principles to daily activities.
  • Learn application of Reversal Theory and Transcendent Virtues to become psychologically more resilient.

Program Sponsor

Harris County voters chose Ed Gonzalez to serve as the 30th sheriff of Texas’ most populous county in 2016. Four years later, voters elected him to a second term.

A lifelong Houstonian, Sheriff Gonzalez started his journey in public service at the Houston Police Department, first as a civilian, then a peace officer, homicide detective, hostage negotiator, and sergeant.

After nearly two decades of service as a peace officer, Sheriff Gonzalez won a seat on the Houston City Council, serving three terms as the representative for residents in District H, an area north and east of downtown Houston. As a city councilman, he chaired the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee and was appointed Mayor Pro-Tem. He was instrumental in creating the Houston Recovery Center, a diversion facility where people with public intoxication cases connect with a recovery coach rather than going to jail.

In his first year in office, Sheriff Gonzalez was called upon to lead the agency through the worst natural disaster in US history – Hurricane Harvey. While managing the 5,000-employee agency’s disaster response from the top, Sheriff Gonzalez also worked to lead from the front, personally assisting in multiple water rescues of stranded residents.

Sheriff Gonzalez also led efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the nearly 9,000 people held inside Texas’s largest county jail. Through aggressive testing, sanitation, and quarantine practices, the Harris County Jail avoided a potentially catastrophic outbreak and saved lives.

Sheriff Gonzalez has elevated discussions on mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and rehabilitation programs and services. He prioritizes public safety and trust while maintaining fairness and dignity in the criminal justice system. Sheriff Gonzalez believes jail should be a place for people who have demonstrated they pose a legitimate threat to public safety, regardless of whether they have money to afford cash bail.

He prioritizes innovation and collaboration regarding the care and response to those with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and neurocognitive disorders. He established a telehealth program that provides deputies in the field with real-time access to behavioral health clinicians via an iPad. He also invested in expanded critical intervention and de-escalation training for detention officers and peace officers.

As advocate for mental health treatment, Sheriff Gonzalez founded the agency’s first Behavioral Health Division that offers a wide range of counseling services to employees. He also created a pre-book diversion desk at the county jail that’s operated 24/7 by clinical staff to determine a person’s diversion eligibility, expanded literacy and rehabilitation programs for incarcerated persons, and launched Project Guardian to improve deputies’ interactions with persons on the autism spectrum.

Sheriff Gonzalez expanded the agency’s homeless outreach team and crime reduction units to operate in all patrol districts, launched an anti-stalking unit that tackles threatening behaviors before they escalate into violence, and champions veteran-focused programs in the jail to support military veterans with their transition back to society.

Notably, Sheriff Gonzalez has worked hard to help Harris County shed its long-standing reputation as one of America’s most dangerous places to drive. He works with partner agencies on strategic traffic enforcement initiatives, and created the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crimes Unit to focus on preventing road rage incidents and street racing.

Sheriff Gonzalez continues to identify critical tools and search for creative ways to improve public safety. His commitment to a more effective, equitable, and thoughtful approach to peace keeping has served as a model across the state and country.

Sheriff Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Sheriff Gonzalez serves on the advisory Board of Trustees for the Council on Criminal Justice and he serves as Vice-Chair of the Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is the largest sheriff’s office in Texas and the third-largest nationwide. Sheriff Gonzalez leads more than 5,000 employees to protect the 4.5 million residents living within the 1,700 square miles of Harris County.

Dr. Mitch Javidi

Mitch is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on Leadership Development experience in diverse industries including Academia, Military, Law Enforcement, Government, and Technology. As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the National Command & Staff College, Institute for Credible Leadership Development and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development. He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999, honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016 and honorary Police Commander by the Santa Fe ISD Police Department (2019). He was also the recipient of the “Spirit Award” from the National Tactical Officers’ Association.  This prestigious award is presented by NTOA to an individual whose work saves lives (2019). He served as a tenured Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma. Mitch is the developer of “MAGNUS OVEA,” a general theory of Officers’ Wellness, Resiliency and Leadership. He is a published scholar with over 890+ conference presentations worldwide to include presentations for Fortune 500 companies as well as top Public Safety organizations including FBI NAA, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), HIDTA, National Tactical officers Association (NTOA), California Police Chiefs Associations, National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Women Leadership in law Enforcement (WLLE), California Chief of Police Association (CATO), and may other national and state associations. As well, he has provided educational programs for NYPD, LAPD, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden Police Department, NC State Patrol, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Walnut Creek Police Department and 200+ other agencies nationwide. His most recent co-authored article was published in the Police Chief Magazine. Two of his coauthored articles have been published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin ~ “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” and “Unbundling Beliefs and Values.”  His select books include “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals”. Dr. Javidi was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.

Cancelation Policy

  • We may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • If a program is canceled, 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.  No other refunds beyond the cancellation of the event will be provided.
  • 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” or when a course is delayed or rescheduled.
  • All registration fees must be paid prior to the start of the class.

Event Details

Start date: September 27, 2022

End date: September 29, 2022

Start time: 08:00 a.m. CDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. CDT

Venue: 2316 Atascocita Rd. Humble, Texas 77396

Phone: 919-753-1127

Email: sbass@iaps.org

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