Simple Cognitive/Behavioral Strategies for Probation Staff, 4 hours
Evidence-based practice calls for the effective use of cognitive/behavioral treatment methods to be used with probationers. For probation officers to be effective, they need to understand the purpose of requiring these methods and how and why they work. Outside partners will deliver some of these services, but use in the office, field, and institutions by all probation personnel will support and amplify the impact and outcomes of cognitive/behavioral methods. This course provides a brief overview of the tenets of cognitive/behavioral theory and gives specific skills with practice for officers and institutions staff to use with offenders. This is a “low theory, high skill practice” course that addresses criminal thinking errors; negative probationer thought patterns, and teaches simple strategies to address identified criminogenic needs.