Curriculum: Graduate Certificate in Correctional Rehabilitation

Curriculum: Graduate Certificate in Correctional Rehabilitation
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The Graduate Certificate in Correctional Rehabilitation takes 12 hours to complete and can be completed in 1 year.  The certificate requires three core classes (9 hours) and three hours of electives.

Classes are available in spring, summer, and fall.

Course Title / Description Credit
CJ7060
Correctional Theory and Policy
Course: CJ7060
Credit: 3
This course examines the evolution of correctionaltheory, its impact on policy, and its empirical status. An emphasis is placed on the use of evidence-based knowledge to shape correctional policy and practice.
3
CJ8060
Seminar in Correctional Rehabilitation
Course: CJ8060
Credit: 3
This course examines the theories, techniques, andpolicies of correctional treatment, with a focus on behavioral and cognitive behavioral approaches and various models of family therapy. Interventions for special populations (women offenders, substance abusers, sex offenders and the mentally ill) are also discussed. The course also examines varied models of correctional assessment, including classification, and risk andneeds assessments.
3
CJ8097
Special Topics in Corrections
Course: CJ8097
Credit: 3
This course section offers faculty the opportunityto present material not available in our regular curriculum. Faculty will present information on issues related to correctional policy and practice.
3
CJ6102
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Correctional Case Planning
Course: CJ6102
Credit: 1
This course will introduce various concepts associated with correctional case planning. The importance of case planning, examining principles of effective intervention and how it relates to case planning will be discussed. The class will explore different opportunities for case management including case planning that is assessment-driven, components of case management, special populations, and discharge planning.
1
CJ6103
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Behavior Management Systems
Course: CJ6103
Credit: 1
Behavioral Management, as defined Shea and Bauer, can be explained as “all of the actions and conscious inactions to enhance the probability that people, individually and in groups, choose behaviors which are personally fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable.” This seminar will further break down this definition and discuss effective behavior management systems when working with offenders. Beginning with identifying goals of utilizing behavior management techniques with offenders, the seminar will further discuss the underlying theory/rationale for using these systems, major components of effective behavior management systems, and finally how best to implement these systems when working with offenders.
1
CJ6031
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior
Course: CJ6031
Credit: 1
This course will introduce the characteristics of effective correctional programs and discuss what types of correctional practices are most likely to succeed in reducing offender behavior.
1
CJ6035
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior – Assessments and Classifications
Course: CJ6035
Credit: 1
This course will introduce a variety of concepts associated with offender assessments.
1
CJ6104
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Addressing Responsivity
Course: CJ6104
Credit: 1
Research has shown that correctional programs that assess risk, need, and responsivity factors are more effective in reducing participant recidivism than other programs that do not assess these factors. Of these three core factors, responsivity is the least understood. Responsivity requires that corrections professionals consider those characteristics specific to the individual under supervision and those generally true for offenders when matching him/her to interventions and treatment services. The process of understanding someone’s responsivity factors can be difficult, but when these factors are addressed, outcomes with participants under supervision are more successful.
1
CJ6105
Working With Special Populations – Substance Users
Course: CJ6105
Credit: 1
This course will provided an overview of working with special populations in the field of criminal justice, specifically offenders with substance use needs. Criminal Justice staff are often challenged with how to work most effectively with clients who use substances or have addiction disorders. This course covers some foundational information on the prevalence and impact of substance use, and provides examples of strategies that staff can use to work more effectively with this population.
1
CJ6108
Working With Special Populations – Female Offenders
Course: CJ6108
Credit: 1
This course will provide an overview of working with special populations in the field of criminal justice, specifically female offenders. In this course, you will be introduced to the best practices for working with female offenders. A review of the research around gender-responsiveness approaches provides the foundation for guiding evidence-based practice in the correctional setting. This course will also take a closer look at how these practices are providing support for female participants, as well as zero in on one of the most popular topics with female participants – trauma-informed practices.
1
CJ6018
Cognitive Behavioral Interventions in the CriminalJustice System
Course: CJ6018
Credit: 1
This class is designed to provide students with anoverview of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI) for an offender population. The class addresses the connection between CBI and the Principles of Effective Intervention. Participantswill learn both theory and practical application during this class. Specific topics include: (a) anoverview of cognitive-behavioral intervention in the criminal justice system; (b) the effects of thoughts, feelings, and attitudes on behavior of offenders; (c) and key CBI techniques that can be used to change offender behavior.
1
CJ6033
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior – Increasing Staff Effectiveness
Course: CJ6033
Credit: 1
This course will introduce a variety of approaches targeting the delivery of evidence-based practices by staff in order to strengthen the effectiveness of programming tools.
1
CJ6101
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Correctional Program Implementation
Course: CJ6101
Credit: 1
Research recognizes the importance of focusing on the manner of delivering programs to an offender, but these interventions can fail when attention to implementation is overlooked. This self-paced class will address why implementation is so important. Specifically, the goal is to learn how to apply the principles of effective intervention and evidence-based practices to develop a program from scratch or modify an existing correctional program. Throughout this self-paced class you will examine the four phases of program implementation to learn how to not only design and implement a program, but also learn how to evaluate the success of the program.
1
CJ6106
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Introduction to EPICS
Course: CJ6106
Credit: 1
In this course you will be introduced to a way to structure interactions with offenders to promote prosocial behavior change. We will discuss strategies for identifying and addressing targets of change with the EPICS (Effective Practices in Community Supervision) model. The course will review the principles of effective intervention and will lay a foundation as to why the EPICS approach is important. Components of the EPICS model will be introduced and we will discuss how best to use these components to target behavior change through core correctional practices.
1
CJ6107
What Works in Changing Offender Behavior: Core Correctional Practices
Course: CJ6107
Credit: 1
This course will provide an overview of What Works in Changing Offender Behavior and how competencies of Core Correctional Practice play a key role in helping any staff in the field work toward becoming change agents. Research in the field of corrections shows these core skills to be effective in supporting behavioral change with the offending population. In this course we will identify the Principles of Effective Intervention and provide an overview of each Core Correctional Practice: quality interpersonal relationships, effective social reinforcement, effective disapproval, effective use of authority, cognitive restructuring, anti-criminal modeling, structured learning/skills building, and problem solving techniques.
1
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