Overview of Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections

Overview of Evidence-Based Practice in Community Corrections 

Historically, community supervision officers relied on professional judgment to determine a person’s risk to re-offend. However, research has shown that professional judgment, combined with the use of actuarial tools that assesses dynamic risk and criminogenic need factors, is more effective at predicting recidivism outcomes. This course provides community supervision professionals a general overview of evidencebased practice in community corrections. Disclaimer: All characters and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental. 


Hours: 1.75


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Probation and Parole Association

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.75 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.75 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-EBPCC
Hours: 1.75
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Define evidence-based practice.
Identify up to 8 principles of evidence-based practice in community corrections.
Explain the Risk, Needs and Responsivity (RNR) principles of EBP.
List up to 20 suggested strategies for applying evidence-based practice in community supervision.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: The First 4 Principles of EBP

A. Evidence Based Practice

B. Principle 1: Assess Risk/Needs

C. Types of Assessment Tools

D. 4 Things to Know About Assessment

E. Strategies for Assessing Risk/Needs

F. Principle 2: Enhance Intrinsic Motivation

G. Types of Motivation

H. What We Know About Motivation

I. Communicating for Lasting Change

J. Strategies for Enhancing Intrinsic Motivation

K. Knowledge Check

L. Principle 3: Target Interventions

M. Risk-Need-Responsivity Model (RNR)

N. Risk Principle

O. Need Principle

P. Responsivity Principle

Q. Types of Responsivity

R. Dosage and Treatment Principles

S. Strategies for Targeting Interventions

T. Principle 4: Skill Train with Directed Practice.

U. Strategies for Skill Training with Directed Practice

V. Review

W. Summary

Section 3: The Final 4 Principles of EBP

A. Principle 5: Provide Positive Reinforcement.

B. Managing Expectations

C. Changing Supervision Officers’ Mindset

D. Strategies for Providing Positive Reinforcement

E. Principle 6: Engage Ongoing Support in Natural Communities

F. Formal v. Informal Agents of Control

G. Strategies for Engaging Ongoing Support in Natural Communities

H. Principle 7: Measure Relevant Processes/Practices

I. Possible Areas of Measurement

J. Your Role

K. Strategies for Measuring Relevant Processes/Practices

L. Principle 8: Provide Measurement Feedback

M. Strategies for Using Measured Feedback

N. A Word About Core Correctional Practices

O. Review

P. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

F. Exam

G. BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
Mrs. Cobb is a Content Writer for Public Safety and Health and Human Services at Relias. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Cobb has 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. She has worked in direct service positions as well as in research, training, and technical assistance capacities. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky managing federal, state, and foundation grants awarded to the College of Medicine, Behavioral Science department, Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, and Kentucky Rural Medical Centers.


Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed.
Tracy G. Mullins is the Curriculum Designer for Public Safety at Relias. Tracy has a B.S. in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology. Prior to joining Relias Learning in 2017, Tracy worked in various capacities for the American Probation and Parole Association for 22 years. As a Research Associate and Sr. Research Associate, she worked on a variety of federally funded projects focusing on leadership, juvenile justice, victim services, tribal justice, and offender issues. Her responsibilities on these projects include researching justice issues, writing curricula and other publications, and delivering training and technical assistance. From 2010-2016, as Deputy Director of APPA, Tracy managed its grant division, as well oversaw its e-learning initiatives, which included writing and developing online training courses. Disclosure: Tracy Mullins, M.Ed. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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