Trainee is a convicted felon


I have an operational/client question which came across my desk, and I am not sure how to address it.

I have someone who wants to take my intensive training program.
She told me she was convicted of a domestic violence felony in 2015 and she is wondering if this concerns me.
Initially I thought no, but my body went numb.  So I considered that.

Then I wondered if what precipitated the issue would be present and impact her learning or others.
I am all for 2nd chances.
And there is a but.

My inclination is to be direct and ask if what precipitated the felony would impact her learning (I don’t need to know details, obviously).
I want her to know there are boundaries, expectations and we are focused more on future than past.
I don’t want this to start off as me walking on egg shells, and I am not sure how direct to be.

So I see the model is this.

C – Potential client told me that she is a was convicted of a domestic violence felony and asks if this will be an issue for training.
T – Maybe I should be concerned
F – uncertainty
A – eyes dart back and forth, look for answer, come up with direct answer, wonder what the felony was, wonder if the trauma (I am making an assumption) will impact her learning or others.
R – a little unsure of next steps.

IM

C – Potential client told me that she is a was convicted of a domestic violence felony and asks if this will be an issue for training.
T – I have no idea what the result is, but I can come and be guided by Love
F – Clarity
A – ask for advice from other business mentors who have employed people who have convictions. Start an open loving conversation with the potential client. Actions are much calmer, open. Knowing this is a new situation I can move through it with eyes open.
R – the decision that arises is perfect for both of us.