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Changing Offender Behavior

All UCCI developed curricula are based on the RNR framework. Specifically, they are designed for moderate to high risk offenders and focus on key criminogenic needs. A social learning cognitive-behavioral approach combined with a motivational enhancement approach comprise the major behavioral change strategies. Curricula can be used in a stand alone program or in combination as a part of a more comprehensive treatment package.

UC's Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Offenders - A comprehensive curriculum

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions – A Comprehensive Curriculum (CBI-CC) is designed to provide a thorough intervention that broadly targets all criminogenic needs.  As the name suggests, this intervention relies on a cognitive behavioral approach to teach participants strategies to manage risk factors.  The program places heavy emphasis on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development.  CBI-CC includes a pre-treatment module as well as modules targeting motivation, cognitive restructuring, emotional regulation, social skills, problem solving, and success planning. The curriculum provides modifications so that offenders with mental illness can participate, though it is not dedicated exclusively to this population.  Using a modified closed group format with multiple entry points, the curriculum is designed to allow for flexibility across various service settings and intervention lengths.

CBI-CC Training Overview

UC's Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment (CBI-EMP) is designed for court-involved individuals who are moderate to high need in the area of employment.  The curriculum integrates cognitive-behavioral interventions with more traditional employment approaches.  The program teaches individuals how to identify and manage high risk situations related to obtaining and maintaining employment.  Heavy emphasis is placed on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development for the work environment.  The curriculum includes modules targeting motivation, basic job seeking skills, cognitive restructuring, emotional regulation and social skills development, problem solving, and success planning. Using a modified closed group format with multiple entry points, the curriculum is designed to allow for flexibility across various service settings and intervention lengths.

CBI-EMP Training Overview

UC's Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Sexual Offending

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Sexual Offending (CBI-SO) is a structured curriculum intended for individuals who are moderate to high need in the area of sexual offending and related behaviors. This curriculum can be delivered as a stand-alone intervention or incorporated into larger programs, particularly those designed for clients in the correctional system. As the name of the curriculum suggests, this intervention relies on a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding sexual offending and related behaviors. Specifically, the program emphasizes skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills development. The goal is to increase the value participants place on pro-social thoughts and choices.

CBI-SO Training Overview

"The CBI-SO curriculum is much needed!  During the training, I was encouraged to expand and really understand concepts in depth."

UC's Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse

The Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA) curriculum is designed for individuals that are moderate to high need in the area of substance abuse and well suited for criminal justice populations.  The curriculum can be delivered as a stand-alone substance abuse intervention, or incorporated into a larger program, particularly those designed for clients in the corrections system.  As the name of the curriculum suggests, this intervention relies on a cognitive behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding substance abuse.  The program places heavy emphasis on skill building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development. Such cognitive behavioral strategies have routinely demonstrated high treatment effects, including when used with a correctional population. The curriculum is non-proprietary, but training is required. The components of the curriculum include pretreatment (optional), Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive Restructuring, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills, Problem Solving, and Relapse Prevention. An adolescent version of the curriculum is available, offering more appropriate examples for the juvenile population.

A training of trainers course is also available for those who have completed the end user session; eligibility requires the facilitator to have completed as least one full round of administering the group curriculum.

CBI-SA Training Overview

"The CBI-SA curriculum was very easy to follow and understand.  The training consists of great activities to engage clients in the way they think/behave."

Aggression Replacement Training ®

This training is available through a partnership with Educational Treatment Alternatives, Inc. Aggression Replacement Training® is a cognitive behavioral intervention program to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior and ultimately reduce recidivism. Program techniques are designed to teach youths how to control their angry impulses and take perspectives other than their own. Aggression Replacement Training® consists of 3 days of on site training plus an initial on line session to occur before the training.

A training of trainers course consists of training, supervision and monitoring intended to support proficiency as a trainer. Practitioners must demonstrate substantial proficiency to be eligible to be trained as a trainer. 

ART Training Overview

Core Correctional Practices

Core Correctional Practices is a two day training that instructs correctional workers on the core skills needed to support behavioral change. The training is relevant all staff working with offenders. Specific topics to be discussed include: (a) a brief description of the principles of effective interventions (b) an overview of the core correctional practices (e.g. relationships skills, effective use of reinforcement, effective use of disapproval, effective use of authority, pro-social modeling, cognitive restructuring, social skills training and problem solving skills), (c) practice of each of the core correctional practices occurs and implementation strategies are discussed, (d) principles of an effective behavior management system are emphasized. This training may be combined with the Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions training for a three day training that additionally trains staff on how to facilitate cognitive-behavioral structured skill-building groups for offenders.

A training of trainers course is also available for those who have completed the UCCI end user session.

CCP Training Overview

"I loved this training because of the application to job specific interactions explained material in a way that was interesting and easy to understand."

Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Facilitators

The facilitator training for Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions instructs treatment staff and correctional workers on the core skills needed to facilitate and support cognitive behavioral programming. The training helps staff develop the skills needed to effectively deliver cognitive behavioral interventions, regardless of the specific curriculum that they use. Specific topics to be discussed include: (a) an overview of cognitive-behavioral treatment; (b) the effects of thoughts, feelings, and attitudes on behavior; (c) the identification of targets for treatment and strategies for impacting those targets; (d) the importance of therapeutic alliance and impact of staff attitudes on program effectiveness, and (e) how to use the key techniques of modeling, role-playing, reinforcers and punishers. The importance of quality assurance is stressed in this workshop.

A training of trainers course is also available for those who have completed the UCCI end user session.

COG Training Overview

Motivational Interviewing

This training provides participants with an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how to use these skills to promote positive behavior change. The training introduces Motivational interviewing as a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.  It covers the basics of MI, the practical guidelines in the applications of MI, and the specific skills related to MI. This introductory training is delivered in a 2-day format.

A training of trainers course is also available for those who have completed the UCCI end user session.

MI Training Overview

"This is an excellent training that I can apply tomorrow!"