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The EPICS Model

Effective Practices in Community Supervision

The EPICS model is designed to use a combination of monitoring, referrals, and face-to-face interactions to provide the offenders with a sufficient “dosage” of treatment interventions, and make the best possible use of time to develop a collaborative working relationship.  The EPICS model helps translate the risk, needs and responsivity principles into practice. Community supervision officers or case managers are taught to increase dosage to higher risk offenders, stay focused on criminogenic needs, especially the thought-behavior link, and to use a social learning, cognitive behavioral approach to their interactions.  The EPICS model is not intended to replace other programming and services, but rather is an attempt to more fully utilize staff as agents of change.  

The training consists of three days of skill based training with up to 30 community supervision officers or case managers and supervisors, and is followed by a 6-8 month coaching period.

"EPICS has become the culture of the probation Department rather than just a program."

EPICS certification process flowchart

A training of trainers session is also available upon certification in the end user training and coaching. The trainer certification is a 8-10 month process.

EPICS Training Overview

An article published in October 2015 issue of Governing Magazine showcases how Multnomah County, Oregon is using EPICS:

The Changing Relationship Between Ex-Criminals and Their Parole Officers

 

Effective Practices in Community Support for Influencers

EPICS for Influencers provides a structured intervention for community supervision officers to use with parents, guardians, and/or people who may be prosocial influencers of the offender.  This intervention teaches the influencer how to use core correctional practices with the offender to help support offender change.  It is designed to be delivered in the same format as EPICS, with community supervision officers conducting a structured Check-In, Review, Intervention, Rehearsal and Homework assignment with family members or positive influencers.

EPICS-I Training Overview