Partnering with Service Providers: Working Smarter not Harder to Support Behavior Change, 8 hours
Probation officers (POs) partner most effectively with service providers when POs work from the perspective of how a specific service addresses a specific criminogenic need. This class provides POs with sets of well-constructed, open-ended questions, and POs practice with these questions at length in class. Asking specific, targeted questions that correspond with addressing specific criminogenic needs helps the offender to more easily make the connection between a program, the behavior change desired, and the possible consequence of their non-compliance. A variety of scenarios are used and officers employ their advanced Motivational Interviewing skills to conduct more focused and time-efficient sessions. Officers take away a set of learning aids to use in the office or field so they can put the learning into practical use.