ORSP Training Information

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, client-centered counseling approach which can increase the willingness of offenders to participate in treatment and make lasting changes to their behavior and thought processes. When staff use MI, they work to engage the offender’s intrinsic motivation to change, and in doing so, can enhance the impact of other interventions and treatment programs that the offender receives. When implemented effectively, MI can improve the quality of staff-offender interactions in a variety of settings including individual counseling sessions, meetings with parole or probation officers, and interactions with case managers. 

The MI training takes three days to complete and focuses on providing participants with an understanding of the fundamentals of the MI approach and its effects on interactions with clients. In addition, attendees learn how to help other staff improve their interviewing skills by providing appropriate coaching and feedback. This entails becoming trained in the use of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) coding system to assess the quality of staff-offender interactions. 

Within four weeks of completing the three-day MI training, each participant is required to submit one recording (either audio or video) of themselves conducting a motivational interview with a client to research staff at the Justice Center for Evidence Based Practice (JCEBP). This recording will be reviewed and scored by an MI trainer and feedback will be provided to the participant. After completing the training and submitting their interview, participants will have met the initial requirements to serve as MI trainers themselves in future trainings to correctional staff. 

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Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS)

The Effective Practices in Community Supervision (EPICS) model teaches correctional staff how to apply the principles of effective intervention and adhere to core correctional practices in a community supervision setting. All community corrections staff who have regular interactions with offenders, such as counselors, case managers, and community corrections officers, are encouraged to participate. EPICS participants are taught how to structure meetings with clients in a way that uses a cognitive-behavioral approach and targets criminogenic needs. Upon completion of the training, participants will have the skills necessary to deliver effective cognitive-behavioral interventions during their one-on-one interactions with clients. 

The training sessions for EPICS take three days to complete. Participants are then required to submit five audio tapes that record meetings in which the participants utilized the EPICS model while interacting with clients. After submitting each audio recording, trainees will receive individual written feedback from the trainers and participate in conference calls which review concepts relevant to the application of the EPICS model. In addition, some high-performing trainees from each training may be selected to serve as internal coaches for their peers and asked to participate in additional conference calls. These post-training conference calls and audio tape reviews ensure that trainees implement the EPICS model effectively in the field and that service delivery adheres to the highest standards for quality assurance. 

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Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated cognitive-behavioral program that is based on the principle that thinking drives behavior. T4C is a manualized curriculum that consists of 25 sessions that should each take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. This curriculum teaches offenders how to engage in cognitive self-change by helping them identify risky thought processes and use new thinking to mitigate risk. In addition, the T4C curriculum teaches offenders useful problem-solving and social skills which can enhance their ability to deal with risky situations. 

It takes four days for correctional staff to complete the T4C training. During this time, training participants will learn how to facilitate a T4C group. There are no follow-up requirements for the T4C training, and if training performance is satisfactory, participants can begin running T4C groups immediately after completing the training. Participants who wish to become T4C trainers for other staff will need to deliver two full rounds of the T4C curriculum before they are eligible to participate in an additional training for trainers.  

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Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA)

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA) is a treatment program designed to teach clients skills and strategies for avoiding substance abuse. CBI-SA is a manualized curriculum that consists of 39 sessions (excluding the Pre-treatment module) that should each last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. The curriculum is designed for individuals who have a moderate to high level of need in the area of substance abuse, and it can be delivered as a stand-alone substance abuse intervention or incorporated into a larger program. CBI-SA emphasizes skill-building activities to assist with the development of clients’ cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills. As part of the program, clients also develop an individualized success plan that targets each client’s particular needs and challenges. When implemented effectively, the cognitive-behavioral treatment approach employed by CBI-SA has been shown by research to be highly effective at reducing recidivism and enhancing client outcomes.

The CBI-SA training lasts for three days and teaches participants how to conduct a CBI-SA group. There are no follow-up requirements for the training and participants can begin facilitating CBI-SA groups as soon as they successfully complete the training. Participants who wish to become CBI-SA trainers themselves will be eligible to attend an additional training for trainers when they have delivered two full rounds of the CBI-SA curriculum to clients. 

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