Enhancing Offender Engagement for Correctional Officers and Re-entry Staff, 4 hours
Staff who work specifically to promote and produce positive outcomes for re-entry of offenders are change agents who must use professional-grade offender engagement skills. The ability and deportment of the correctional professional to engage the offender in the process is the vital factor in the offender moving through the stages of change. The professional alliance created with the offender helps guide the offender’s path and expects the offender to problem-solve. This leads to and helps build competency and a sense of success. The re-entry staff integrates addressing criminogenic factors while being cognizant of the change stage of the offender and vulnerability to behavior relapse. This is an intensive, pro-social, relationship building skills class that prepares the re-entry staff to be a real change agent.