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Forensic Sub-Specialty Treatment Training Series: Addressing Recovery and Recidivism

This 2-day training is designed to give (Forensic Specialist) TCMs and Mobile Psych. Rehab. direct care staff working with the new Forensic Sub-Specialty Treatment residential units an overview of effective methods to work with Mandated Clients who are “Returning Citizens”.  

The training is designed to help mitigate and reduce the risk of violence and harm by sensitizing staff to the effects of correctional incarceration.  The training will help staff consider new ways to engage clients and involve them in recovery-oriented treatment that impacts and reduces re-offending and recidivism.  Staff will also learn therapeutic communication skills to more confidently interact and manage risk with forensic clients

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
  • State at least 3 behaviors we attribute to mental illness, but are in fact attributable to the subculture of incarceration
  • Identify the steps to reframe difficulties with engagement and consequently adopt a more empathic and culturally competent stance.
  • Discuss at least 3 ways pro-social techniques to help staff work more effectively with clients who have a history of incarceration.
  • Identify the steps to change personal beliefs regarding mental illness that have a direct impact on treatment engagement
  • State at least 2 additional factors of how incarceration impacts trust.
  • Outline how recidivism reduction goals can be incorporated into recovery-oriented treatment plans.
  • List at least 3 essential functions of therapeutic communication and how they help manage challenging behavior and reduce risk
  • Practice using mindfulness tools to manage their own (staff’s) emotions and avoid power struggles with clients
Intended Audience: 

Forensic Specialist TCMs and Mobile Psych. Rehab. direct care staff working with the new Forensic Sub-Specialty Treatment residences

Completion Requirements: 

Assessment of Learning will involve self-report and instructor observation of group work and reporting out.

Attendance Requirement: Attendance will be monitored closely. Certificates will be given only upon completion of all sessions (both days).