EPICS Training Overview

The purpose of the EPICS model is to teach probation and parole officers how to apply the principles of effective intervention (and core correctional practices) to community supervision practices.  The core correctional practices are organized into an overall framework to assist with the application of specific skills within the context of 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.  Ultimately, the EPICS model helps translate the risk, needs and responsivity principles into practice. Community supervision officers 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 during their interactions.  The EPICS model is not intended to replace other programming and services, but rather is an attempt to more fully utilize officers as agents of change. The training is 3-days onsite followed by 5-months of follow up coaching.



The end user session is three days of training for a maximum of 30 trainees, and is outlined below:

Day 1: Modules 1 - 5

Day 2: Modules 6 - 9

Day 3: Modules 10 - 13



The train the trainer session is five days of training for a maximum of ten trainers. To qualify as a candidate for this session, the trainee must have participated in the 3-day EPICS training, participated in the 5-month coaching process, submitted 5 audio recordings for scoring and achieved proficiency in the model. The training is outlined below:

Day 1: Review EPICS Material

Day 2: Review EPICS Material

Day 3: Deliver a Mock-Training

Day 4: Deliver a Mock Training

Day 5: Deliver a Mock Training



With the EPICs model, officers follow a structured approach to their interactions with their offenders.  Specifically, each session includes four components. 1) Check-In, in which the officer determines if the offender has any crises or acute needs, builds rapport and discusses compliance issues. 2) Review, which focuses on the skills discussed in the prior session, the application of those skills, and troubleshooting continued problems in the use of those skills.  3) Intervention, where the officer identifies continued areas of need, trends in problems the offender’s experiences, teaches relevant skills, and targets problematic thinking.  4) Finally, Homework and Rehearsal is when the offenders is given an opportunity to see officer model the new skill, provided opportunities to role play, assigned homework, and given instructions to follow before the next visit. 

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Module 1: Rationale and Foundation

Module 2: EPICS Model

Module 3: Building a Collaborative Relationship

Module 4: Setting Goals

Module 5: Identifying Targets for Change

Module 6: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Module 7: Cognitive Restructuring



Module 8: Structured Skill Building

Module 9: Problem Solving

Module 10: Reinforcement

Module 11: Punishment

Module 12: Continuing to Support Behavior Change

Module 13: Summary and Fidelity Measures



For more information about EPICS, please contact UCCI Program Manager Jennifer Scott at or 513-556-7765513-556-7765.