Trainings

ORSP Training Information


Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI™ )

The LS/CMI™ system is a comprehensive measure of risk and need factors, as well as a fully functional case management tool.  It is designed to assist professionals in management and treatment planning for adult male and female offenders in justice, forensic, correctional, prevent, and related agencies.  The LS/CMI™ can be utilized as a convenient way to summarize offender data, including previous and current convictions and help determine the offender risk/need level.  Section One of the assessment contains 43 items, which are examined to calculate the risk/need score.  Assessors also have the opportunity to mark subcomponents as strengths to highlight positive offender qualities.  Sections Two through Five are not scored; instead, they yield valuable qualitative offender data, such as past victimization that may have influenced behavior.  The additional information is especially valuable for case planning purposes as well as considering overriding the score-based risk/need level.  Once the initial risk/need level is determined and offenders have been classified, Section Nine through Eleven can be used to establish treatment goals and track offender progress.  

This training takes three days for correctional staff to complete.  During this training participants will learn how to conduct and score an LS/CMI™ assessment utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.  In addition, participants will learn the Risk/Need/Responsivity principles, which assist professional staff in identifying an offender’s risk level, criminogenic needs, and any responsivity factors that should be considered when preparing the case plan.  On the third day of training, participants will take a content (written) exam as well as rating (scoring) exam.  Once participants complete these requirements, they will be given access to our MHS database, so they can begin conducting LS/CMI™ interviews.  Within 30 days of receiving access to the MHS system, participants will record and submit an interview to our office, so that it can be reviewed and feedback provided.  

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Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI 2.0™)

The YLS/CMI 2.0™ system is a gender-informed, culturally-informed, strengths-focused risk/needs tool that reliably and accurately classifies and predicts reoffending within male and juvenile populations.  The YLS/CMI 2.0™ provides guidelines that instruct users to consider gender-specific factors, as well as, the importance of minor risk/need factors and non-criminogenic needs.  Section One of the assessment contains 42 items, which are examined to calculate the risk/need score.  In addition, the YLS/CMI 2.0™ provides an opportunity for users to evaluate positive offender attributes so that offender strengths may be highlighted and built upon in service delivery.  Section Two illustrates the summary of risk/needs for the offender.  Section Three is not scored; instead, it yields valuable qualitative offender data that may have influenced behavior.  The additional information is especially valuable for case planning purposes as well as considering overriding the score-based risk/need level.  Once the initial risk/need level is determined and offenders have been classified, Sections Six and Seven can be used to establish treatment goals and track offender progress.  

This training takes three days for correctional staff to complete.  During this training participants will learn how to conduct and score an LS/CMI™ and YLS/CMI 2.0™  assessment utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.  In addition, participants will learn the Risk/Need/Responsivity principles, which assist professional staff in identifying an offender’s risk level, criminogenic needs, and any responsivity factors that should be considered when preparing the case plan.  On the third day of training, participants will take two content (written) exams as well as rating (scoring) exam.  Once participants complete these requirements, they will be given access to our MHS database, so they can begin conducting YLS/CMI 2.0™ interviews.  Within 30 days of receiving access to the MHS system, participants will record and submit an interview to our office, so that it can be reviewed and feedback provided.  

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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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