Working with Incarcerated Persons: Best Practices in Treatment

Working with Incarcerated Persons: Best Practices in Treatment 

Working with incarcerated populations can be an incredibly challenging endeavor, but with specific knowledge of language and ways they think, it can also be very rewarding. This course is intended to give you a clear understanding of ways in which incarcerated persons' thinking develops, continues, and results in antisocial behavior. The information is broken down into three sections. In the first section, you will be introduced to criminal thinking, and the eight styles of thinking that support criminal behavior. Next, we will focus on treatment approaches, and specific interventions for each of the eight thinking styles. Through interactive lessons and descriptive examples, you will learn specific interventions to help make you more effective in your work with incarcerated individuals. This training is appropriate for all clinical and intervention specialists working with corrections populations.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: EL-WIPBPT-CORR-0
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify criminal thinking processes that support antisocial behaviors.
Implement evidence-based therapeutic best practices with offenders in psychological treatment.
Apply specific clinical interventions to address the primary cognitive patterns that support a criminal lifestyle.

Section 1: Introduction A. Course Contributor B. Course Description C. Learning Objectives Section 2: Principles of Working with Criminals A. It’s Another World B. Criminal Thought Processes C. General Considerations D. Definitions and Examples of the Eight Thinking Styles That Support a Criminal Lifestyle E. Implications for Intervention F. It’s all about Choice G. William Glasser H. Empathy and Sentimentality I. Meet Jose J. The Videotape Analogy K. Having the Offender Identify Flawed Thinking L. Teaching the Offender the Eight Criminal Thinking Patterns M. Group vs. Individual Counseling N. I Didn’t Hurt Her! O. Section Summary Section 3: Patterns of Criminal Thinking: Treatment Approaches A. Patterns of Criminal Thinking: Treatment Approaches B. Mollification C. Denial of Injury D. Mollification continued E. Mollification: Appropriate Correctives F. Cutoff: Internal Cutoff G. Cutoff: Appropriate Correctives H. Entitlement: Misidentification I. Entitlement: Appropriate Correctives J. Power Orientation K. Power Orientation continued L. Power Orientation: Appropriate Correctives M. Meet Brian N. Let’s Review O. Sentimentality P. Sentimentality: Appropriate Correctives Q. Superoptimism R. Superoptimism: Appropriate Correctives S. Cognitive Indolence T. Cognitive Indolence: Appropriate Correctives U. Discontinuity V. Discontinuity: Appropriate Correctives W. Let’s Review X. Brian’s Correctives Y. Section Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Summary B. References C. Congratulations

Instructor: Andrea Hern, M.A.
Ms. Andrea Hern is a psychotherapist and consultant with more than 20 years in the mental health field. Her expertise is in the areas of trauma and abuse, gender identity issues, relationship issues, and professional coaching. In addition to leading numerous state agencies in mental health programming across the U.S., her past professional experiences include founding a private practice in Indiana and developing and directing the Indiana Sex Offender Management and Monitoring program for the Indiana Department of Corrections. Ms. Hern has developed and delivered training and presentations over the course of many years. Disclosure: Andrea Hern, M.A. 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: Intermediate level Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Intermediate level Professional Counselors; Intermediate level Psychologists; Intermediate level Social Workers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Post-Acute Care, Public Health Facilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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