520 N. Delaware Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19123 • 215-923-2116 • fax: 215-923-5169

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These 4 days/ 5 sessions are designed to give staff assigned to the new Forensic Sub-Specialty residential units an overview of effective methods to work with Mandated Clients who are “Returning Citizens”.   The series is also designed to help mitigate and reduce violence and harm by sensitizing staff to the effects of correctional incarceration.   Staff will more confidently manage risk and screen/assess for violent behavior using specific tools and skills.   The focus will be on prevention of violence and risk taking behaviors of residents.

Learning Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this series participants will be able to:

  • Discuss at least 3 ways adaptive behaviors learned during incarceration, that are misunderstood in community treatment settings
  • Discuss at least 3 ways pro-social behaviors can be modeled and encouraged by staff
  • Outline how staff can (by challenging anti-social and pro-criminal behavior)  facilitate a reduction in reoffending
  • Outline how recidivism reduction goals can be incorporated into recovery-oriented treatment plans.
  • Describe how  identifying pre-escalation behaviors and applying risk assessment tools can reduce violence
  • List the 4 essential functions of DBT and how they help manage challenging behavior and reduce violence
  • Practice using risk assessment tools and as well as introductory DBT skills.


Intended Audience: 

Staff employed at the new Forensic Sub-Specialty Treatment residences, to be hired in late Winter 2018.  While most staff will be direct care, 5-10 clinical staff will also be attending as well

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Completion Requirements: 

Assessment of Learning will involve self-report and instructor observation of skill development and written products.

Attendance will be monitored closely. Certificates will be given for the sessions attended.