Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Date: July 19, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: James Steyee
Title of Presentation: RSAT Performance Measures
Description: The purpose of the RSAT program is to provide assistance to state and local correctional and detention facilities developing and implementing substance abuse treatment programs within their systems. This webinar will cover several topics related to the data collected used to assess performance on Residential Substance Abuse Treatment programs funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). This webinar will cover an overview of what the statistics reveal about RSAT programs. These topics will include performance measures, such as completion rates of various programs, utilization of evidence-based screening and treatment programs, and a review of data categories where RSAT programs need to make improvements. Additionally, this webinar will discuss how performance measures are used by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the purpose they serve.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify pharmaceutical and illicit opioids that have affected our communities and medications used for treatment
  • Describe various performance measures the data categories being assessed
  • Understand the purpose of performance measures and how they benefit the future implementation of RSAT programs
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Date: June 21, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: The Anatomy of an Epidemic: How did we end up here?
Description: This month’s webinar examines historical trends in U.S. opioid use, sentinel events, important laws and regulatory measures, and recent changes in prescribing practices. It unpacks the unique factors that have resulted in an unfolding tragedy that continues to devastate communities and families. It highlights the impact of pharmaceutical and illicit opioids such as fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, as well as successful and failed mitigation strategies. It explains the neurological adaptations that accompany habitual opioid use, the pharmacokinetics of each medication used for treatment, and research on effectiveness. Lastly, it highlights the paradigm shift taking place in the U.S., adoption of internationally accepted harm/risk reduction approaches and introduces a variety of resources.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify pharmaceutical and illicit opioids that have affected our communities and medications used for treatment
  • Describe how the opioid epidemic has impacted change in laws and regulations
  • Understand the adoption of harm reduction approaches and what strategies have been implemented successfully
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Date: May 17, 2017 2:00 PM ET 
Presenter: Maureen McDonnell
Title of Presentation: Post-Release Substance Use Disorder Treatment - The Role of Insurance in Creating Access to Care
Description: This month’s webinar explores the need for substance use disorder treatment post-release and the insurance coverage necessary to receive it. More than 700,000 men and women leave prison and return to the community each year in the US. More than 60% have substance use disorders requiring treatment. Without needed services in the community, many will return to use. Death due to drug overdose is not uncommon in the weeks after release. One barrier to accessing necessary community services is lack of funding.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe how community substance use disorder treatment is paid for today and what major forms of public and private insurance are accessible
  • Identify how RSAT programs can help people gain insurance coverage prior to release
  • Understand how federal funds from the 21st Century CURES Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) advance community treatment services
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Date: April 19, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: Treatment Modalities
Description: This month’s webinar explores several evidenced based treatment modalities, many you have heard of, but some maybe not. These approaches to treatment for SUD, Mental Health, and Trauma have proven to be effective in reducing negative behaviors (i.e. drug use, angry outburst, criminality, etc.) and are widely used in both criminal justice programs and the public sector. Due to the wealth of research and development of new treatment approaches, this webinar only scratches the surface of what is available. You are encouraged to explore the resources provided at the end of this presentation for additional information.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the most popular evidence-based treatment modalities for SUD and mental health disorders
  • Understand why certain modalities are more effective than others for the criminal justice population
  • Identify the main characteristics of cognitive behavior therapy
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Date: March 15, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation:  RSAT Design, Implementation, and Outcomes: Components of Program Success
Description: This presentation applies the RSAT Promising Practices Guidelines to a discussion of program design and implementation, and includes updates on relevant outcome research. Justice professionals working in addiction treatment programs in custody settings face many of the same challenges that their counterparts in the community face. This webinar is aimed at reviewing the program components and practices that work best with the population RSAT programs serve. It also examines the research on target outcomes and looks at ways programs define treatment ‘success.’

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Summarize the two overarching mandates that guide RSAT program design.
  • List at least two target outcomes that RSAT programs prioritize
  • Identify three program components that can enhance the effectiveness of RSAT
  • Name one or more steps RSAT programs take to ensure implementation fidelity
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Date: February 15, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: The Risk-Need-Responsivity Model of Assessing Justice Involved Clients
Description: Ensuring public safety by reducing criminal behaviors can best be achieved by providing justice involved clients with services that match their level of risk as well as addressing their criminogenic needs. More effective correctional programs follow a cognitive behavioral and social learning approach. In addition, programs that address specific responsivity issues that take into account individual factors that might influence the effectiveness of treatment services are correlated with better outcomes as well. Current research documents significant reduction in recidivism when the principles of risk, need and responsivity are adhered to in criminal justice programming. But how do correctional professionals determine a client’s risk level, treatment needs and the best way to deliver services?

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Learn the role of intake, screening and assessment in the identification of service and treatment need.
  • Receive a review of the Risk–Need–Responsivity (RNR) Model and understand the role of the RNR Model in the development of offender assessment instruments.
  • Identify the connection between offender assessment, treatment planning and provision of services.
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Date: January 18, 2017 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Lisa Talbot Lundrigan
Title of Presentation: Building Better Programs for Justice-Involved Women
Description: Despite a steady and dramatic rise in the number of justice-involved women over the last several decades, most correctional and criminal justice systems are still built, staffed, and operated according to the norms that were established for male-only correctional facilities/criminal justice systems. Even institutions that exclusively house women have frequently struggled to "retro-fit" their operations to a female population. Our panelists for this webinar will discuss some of their challenges and successes in providing program services to women, from assessment through treatment and discharge planning and into reentry. They are each offering programming within a distinct setting, corresponding to a distinct point of contact with the criminal justice system within the Essex County Sheriff's Department, located in Massachusetts. We will explore some of the needs frequently associated with women's treatment, including co-occurring disorders, trauma, PTSD, safety in relationships, and some methods of engaging justice-involved women as full partners in their treatment process. We will also discuss ways in which women's justice-based treatment programs can be optimally managed in partnership with care and custody staff and other justice-system stakeholders.

Panelists: 
  • Michelle Alsup, Regional Manager, ACJS, Essex County
  • Tommie Bower, Senior Clinician, ACJS-Essex County Sheriff's Department Women in Transition program
  • Janine Belliti, Senior Clinician, ACJS-Essex County Sheriff's Department Detox programs

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify two ways in which standard risk/needs assessment is not a fully accurate reflection of women's risk level and identify at least one risk/needs assessment tool that is gender responsive.
  • Identify at least two need areas which data suggest are more prevalent for justice-involved women than for men.
  • Identify at least two trauma-informed approaches that can be implemented within the criminal justice system.
  • Identify at least two evidence-based resources for planning and implements gender responsive programs.
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Date: December 21, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Kendra Jochum
Title of Presentation: Supporting Offender Reentry Through Tablet Technology
Description: Offenders have a wide range of individual reentry needs that present with an even broader complexity of varying length of time in custody, recidivism risks, and personal readiness for change. Staffing capacity and related facility based resources often do not match the demonstrated needs of the population, and in turn new efficiencies and service strategies are needed. While tablet technology has established a role within correctional education classrooms, such strategies can also be a central tool used within inmate programs and individual reentry case management services. Tablet technology extends the service reach of reentry staff by providing important information, resources, and skill development modules directly to individual inmates. This increased access to services and information is a critical benefit as limited reentry staff resources cannot reach the full scope of needs and complexities of the entire custodial population. This webinar will discuss the Reentry Tablet Program at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and how it has created a new foundation of contemporary corrections through bridging technology with reentry services and inmate programs within a maximum- security setting.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss challenges of offender reentry and identify at least five evidence base service strategies.
  • Describe the Reentry Tablet Program and at least five benefits of using tablet technology to support offender reentry.
  • Detail at least five considerations for tablet implementation.
  • Identify at least five security features of tablet technology to meet standards within maximum security settings.
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Date: November 16, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Andrew Klein
Title of Presentation: WRAP: A Problem Solving Therapy for RSAT Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
Description: This webinar will discuss an evidence-based program called Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP). WRAP provides an example of a Problem Solving Therapy (PST) that can help RSAT clients organize lists of wellness tools that help them feel better in response to mental health difficulties; it can also be utilized to prevent the onset of such difficulties. WRAP assists in the creation, in advance, of directives to guide clinicians and other supporters how best to intervene when clients can’t act appropriately on their own behalf. WRAP also helps in the development of individualized post-crisis plans to promote return to wellness. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify five activities found in a common wellness tool box.
  • List at least five feelings that can be used to define what a person may feel like when he or she is well and five things to do each day to continue to feel well.
  • Discuss five subtle internal changes that may indicate further action is needed to stay well as well as five things that indicate things have broken down. 
  • Identify five things that can be done when things are breaking down. 
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Date: October 19, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Pathways to Health Literacy and Health Care Utilization: A Critical Next Step for the Newly Eligible Pre-release Population
Description: Justice-involved populations are starting to reap the benefits of expanded access to health coverage and care for both physical and behavioral health conditions. Recent studies confirm the advantages that health and justice policy makers have predicted since health reform began. Many states and jurisdictions have successfully implemented pathways to enrollment upon release for eligible individuals. However, the real impact these opportunities have on re-entry success and rehabilitation depends on effectively identifying those eligible for coverage, educating and informing them about using their benefits, and helping them navigate the complexities of the health care system. This webinar discusses strategies and resources that promote health and insurance literacy and help newly covered individuals overcome the barriers to utilization they experience. It will focus on how justice professionals can leverage a number of dedicated resources and the supports available to re-entering individuals to help them access appropriate health care services.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Disseminate at least one source of information to RSAT clients that explains the basics of the health care system in understandable terms.
  • Locate and refer RSAT clients to enrollment assistance programs and navigators in local communities that help newly covered individuals make full use of benefits and other health care resources.
  • Identify at least two options that support access to health services for individuals who are not eligible for Medicaid or other public benefit programs.
  • Discuss at least one model of successful collaboration with community health programs that targets the re-entry population.
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Handout 1 - PAPs and Health Literary Resources
Handout 2 - Toolkit for Justice Professionals

 
Date: September 21, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Gabrielle de la Guéronnière
Title of Presentation: Federal Update: Regulatory Developments Important to Accessing SUD Care
Description: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently issued final regulations and guidances in a number of key areas. They include people in the criminal justice system, Medicaid managed care, residential SUD treatment, raising the buprenorphine prescriber cap, and proposed changes to Federal confidentiality laws. Tune in and hear an update on how changes in Federal regulations will affect treatment in both residential and outpatient settings.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List three new CMS provisions regarding incarcerated people being screened for Medicaid eligibility and enrolled in coverage.
  • Identify five categories of justice-involved individuals who are eligible for covered Medicaid services.
  • Name four ways continuity of coverage and care for people is being strengthened in the criminal justice system.
  • List four recent and potential upcoming Congressional or Federal agency activities that will impact addiction treatment.
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Date: August 17, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Ethical Issues in Offender Treatment: Professional Boundaries
Description: Ethical issues related to professional boundaries are among the most problematic and challenging. Although some issues may seem cut and dried in a correctional setting, others may fall into the “gray area” depending on one’s role / job description. This training will provide an awareness and understanding of professional boundaries – what are they and why they are important. It will introduce participants to the concept of the Power Differential and how it impacts the relationships between all RSAT Program staff and community members. It will review various slippery slope scenarios that highlight compromised boundaries and will provide participants responses they can call upon if they are in danger of crossing a professional boundary within their program.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of “power differential”.
  • Identify three types of professional boundaries and their relevance to offender treatment.
  • List at least three warning signs that boundaries may be at risk of being crossed / compromised.
  • Develop a plan of action if boundaries are in danger of becoming unprofessional / boundaries have been crossed.
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Date: July 20, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Insights & Tools for Justice Professionals (Part 2)
Description: Distinctive features set CBT apart from therapeutic options that preceded it: time limited, present-day, solution focused. CBT employs a directive approach driven by prioritized client-centered needs. CBT characteristics and outcomes continue to expand its popularity and widen its application, especially to criminal justice populations.

Part 2 of this two-part webinar reviews CBT techniques and useful tools applicable to criminal justice programming and addiction treatment (included as Part I “homework” materials). Participants will explore CBT practice and implementation specifics.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Explain at least one example of a CBT tool and explain how it is used in practice.
  • List two approaches that are not appropriate for use during CBT sessions.
  • Name two delivery elements associated with effective CBT group interventions.
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Handout 1 - Cocaine Refusal Skills
Handout 2 - Functional Analysis
Handout 3 - Real Life Practice for Coping With Cravings
Handout 4 - Real Life Practice Exercise for Anger Management

 
Date: June 15, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Insights & Tools for Justice Professionals (Part I)
Description: Distinctive features set CBT apart from therapeutic options that preceded it: time limited, present-day, solution focused. CBT employs a directive approach driven by prioritized client-centered needs. CBT characteristics and outcomes continue to expand its popularity and widen its application, especially to criminal justice populations.

Part I of this two-part webinar emphasizes CBT’s central unique elements and the components critical to success. The presentation highlights outcome research and practices from areas where CBT has proven particularly beneficial. Handouts include examples for participants to review in preparation for the next webinar.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify at least three key elements that define all CBT interventions.
  • Name at least two approaches compatible with CBT.
  • Give three examples of evidence-based CBT interventions for substance abuse and/or rehabilitation
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Handout 1 - Cocaine Refusal Skills
Handout 2 - Functional Analysis
Handout 3 - Real Life Practice for Coping With Cravings
Handout 4 - Real Life Practice Exercise for Anger Management

 
Date: May 18, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Roberta C. Churchill
Title of Presentation: Ethical Issues in Offender Treatment: Professional Boundaries
Description: Ethical issues related to professional boundaries are among the most problematic and challenging. Although some issues may seem cut and dried in a correctional setting, others may fall into the “gray area” depending on one’s role / job description. This training will provide an awareness and understanding of professional boundaries – what are they and why they are important. It will introduce participants to the concept of the Power Differential and how it impacts the relationships between all RSAT Program staff and community members. It will review various slippery slope scenarios that highlight compromised boundaries and will provide participants responses they can call upon if they are in danger of crossing a professional boundary within their program. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of “power differential”.
  • Identify three types of professional boundaries and their relevance to offender treatment. 
  • List at least three warning signs that boundaries may be at risk of being crossed / compromised.
  • Develop a plan of action if boundaries are in danger of becoming unprofessional / boundaries have been crossed. 
 
Date: April 20, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Andrew Klein & Lisa Talbot Lundrigan
Title of Presentation: Treating Men with Substance Use Disorders
Description: This webinar will focus on the special challenges in treating male inmates. Specifically, it will focus on the role their self-definitions of masculinity plays in substance abuse treatment. Masculinity ideologies not only affect how many males think and feel about themselves but influence how they behave. If not considered by therapists, it may compromise the RSAT substance abuse treatment program. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List at least three of the major characteristics of masculinity that may influence treatment of male substance abusers.
  • Identify two strategies to address any challenges raised by these characteristics.
  • In addition to masculinity, identify another major issue that should be part of assessing male clients. 
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Date: March 16, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Debra A. Pinals, M.D.
Title of Presentation: Taking the Next Steps toward Integrated Recidivism Reduction and Treatment Planning for Individuals with Co-Occurring Disorders
Description: This webinar will discuss criminogenic risk and needs and behavioral health, as well as best practices for the integration of information about criminogenic risk, substance use, and mental disorders into treatment plans. Innovative programs, such as MISSION-Criminal Justice, will be highlighted as one example of a framework for behavioral health reentry programming that has aimed to address criminogenic risk factors with a behavioral health and trauma-informed lens. We will present case vignettes to help participants gain a better understanding of these developments in correctional contexts.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe 8 criminogenic risk factors and basic strategies to address them in treatment planning.
  • Describe at least 2 responsivity factors that can be targeted to help individuals adhere to correctional programming.
  • Describe 2 positive strategies to utilize in development of informed treatment planning especially where mental health and substance use treatment needs co-occur.
  • Delineate 3 ways trauma and mental illness can impact success and engagement in substance use treatment planning.
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Date: February 17, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: TCU Mapping-Enhanced Counseling (TMEC)
Description: This webinar will introduce you to TCU Mapping-Enhanced Counseling (TMEC) and show you some ideas about how to use it. The TCU/IBR Website (www.ibr.tcu.edu) contains the references, abstracts and other free downloadable manuals that will help you incorporate TMEC into your program. TMEC evolved from earlier work on graphic representation to improve the communication and thinking of teachers and students. The success of visual approaches, in particular node-link mapping, in education led to applications in counseling starting in 1989.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Name the three categories of maps.
  • List the two major functions of mapping enhanced counseling.
  • Identify at least three of the mapping manuals available from the TCU website. 
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Date: January 20, 2016 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Dennis Reilly & Sarah Wurzburg
Title of Presentation: Mobilizing Federal Resources, Collaborating with Other BJA Grantees
Description: RSAT programs continue to struggle to find funding and resources for even the most evidence-based, well run RSAT programs in prisons and jails. Therefore, it is in their interest to collaborate with other BJA funded programs where possible to mutually enhance their services. The Center for Court Innovation is the training/technical assistance provider for drug courts, whose services often dovetail with those of RSAT programs. The Council of State Governments CSG) Justice Center in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance runs the National Reentry Resource Center, which provides user friendly information on substance use and mental disorders. The CSG Justice Center is the technical assistance and training provider for the Second Chance Act and the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Hear from representatives from both BJA funded programs as to how their services might coordinate with those of RSAT programs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Name four ways the Center for Court Innovation works with state drug courts
  • List three potential areas of collaboration with drug courts
  • Name four activities the Second Chance Act funds
  • List four types of Second Chance Act grant programs
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Date: December 16, 2015 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Colleen Stoner, Rosa Lazenby, Greg Gonzales
Title of Presentation: Implementation and Impact of the Evidence-based Correctional Program Checklist in California RSAT Projects
Description: Assessing program effectiveness can be challenging. California is using the Evidence-based Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) to help local RSAT projects assess how closely their programs follow known principles of effective intervention. This information helps projects identify the strengths and weaknesses of their programs and provides recommendations for improving the integrity of a program and increasing effectiveness. This webinar will describe the process by which the California Board of State and Community Corrections implemented the CPC assessment tool with local projects, identify the impact the CPC assessment has had on increasing the effectiveness of RSAT projects, and provide firsthand feedback from local projects that were assessed using this assessment tool.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the five domains measured through the CPC
  • Identify the implementation process for assessing projects with the CPC
  • List five benefits to projects that have been assessed with the CPC 
  • List two obstacles or challenges experienced by projects that have been assessed with the CPC 
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Date: November 18, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Mary Lou Leary and Melinda Campopiano
Title of Presentation: Federal Drug Policy for the 21st Century
Description: Deputy Director Leary and Dr. Campopiano will offer a national perspective about the Obama Administration’s 21st Century approach to drug policy regarding opioid use disorders and overdose. With the alarming uptick in opioid overdose deaths and the high rate of overdose deaths among those reentering the community, this webinar will address the importance of having a comprehensive community approach to opioid use disorders; this includes medication assisted treatment (MAT), overdose prevention, and continuity of care. The effect opioids have on the brain and the different types of MAT will also be reviewed.

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Date: October 21, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Tim Greathouse
Title of Presentation: Secure Connected Tablet Solution to Enhance Educational Opportunities Behind Bars
Description: This webinar will focus on the implementation of educational technology in a safe and secure manner in an Indiana Department of Correction facility. We will discuss programming and how technology has been used to enhance services and opportunities for inmates. Emphasis will be place on security of the device and systems in place to prevent unwanted access or communication.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List three features that make tablets a security delivery vehicle.
  • Describe four advantages of using tablets in a correctional setting.
  • Identify three correctional programs that would profit by the use of tablets.
  • List three benefits of the “Virtual Classroom”.
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Date: September 16, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Christopher Mitchell, Mark Waitkevich, Earl Warren
Title of Presentation: Medication Assisted Treatment: Changing Correctional Paradigms
Description: This webinar will describe the processes employed by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in implementing its Medication Assisted Reentry Initiative (MATRI). Attendees will learn about the best practices used in developing the program, engaging stakeholders and community programs, and overcoming obstacles such as bias, funding, and correctional culture. Attendees will also see the results and outcomes of this program after one year of operation.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the three basic components of a correctional MAT program for re-entering inmates.
  • List the three FDA approved medications for opioid use disorder. 
  • Identify at least one risk or obstacle to using medication assisted treatment in a correctional facility. 
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Date: August 19, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Kristin Stainbrook
Title of Presentation: RSAT Reentry Challenges
Description: Research indicates that effective substance abuse treatment programs include an aftercare component. There is no single definition of aftercare, but common components include: relapse prevention and continued treatment and/or peer support, combined with other health and human services that promote a stable lifestyle. The evidence also suggests that aftercare is critical immediately after release from prison or jail, and that it is beneficial to concentrate resources during this period, when individuals are most likely to commit new crimes or to violate the conditions of their supervision. This webinar will present some early findings on the types of aftercare services funded by RSAT, from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) - funded Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Study. The presentation will describe the sample of RSAT-funded aftercare programs and present preliminary data on program services, challenges, and innovations.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the general purpose of aftercare programs.
  • Describe at least three typical components of aftercare programs. 
  • Identify three common challenges to providing transitional/aftercare supports.
  • List at least three approaches that could strengthen aftercare service strategies.
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Date: July 8, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Darby Penney
Title of Presentation: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Substance Abuse Treatment in Criminal Justice Settings
Description: While the vast majority of people with substance abuse histories are trauma survivors, implementing trauma-informed approaches with inmates receiving services in criminal justice settings is extremely challenging. For example, the ability to exercise control over one’s life is key to healing from trauma, but the realities of correctional institutions make this difficult. This presentation will provide an overview of trauma and its impact, and will discuss the prevalence of trauma among people with substance abuse diagnoses and criminal justice involvement. It will describe the hallmarks of trauma-informed approaches to service delivery, and examine ways that these practices can be adapted for implementation in criminal justice settings.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Enumerate three characteristics that are part of the definition of “trauma.”
  • Describe three ways that the experience of trauma may affect the health of trauma survivors.
  • Describe three principles of trauma-informed approaches.
  • Discuss two ways in which trauma-informed approaches can be adapted for implementation in correctional settings.
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Click here to download Manualized Trauma-Specific Treatment Handout. 
Click here to download Hawaii Program Brief. 

 
Date: June 17, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Ethical Issues in Offender Treatment: Ethical Dilemmas and Tools for Working Through Them
Description: Eventually, a correctional professional will face an ethical dilemma – a situation where they are unsure of the right thing to do. Many times, there IS no obvious right or wrong decision to make. However, there are many tools that can help people work through difficult situations and come to a decision they can live with. Several of these tools will be reviewed in this webinar as well as several scenarios that provide ethical dilemmas that people working in the criminal justice system are apt to face. This webinar will also review some basic ethical principles for RSAT Program staff to consider and keep in mind while doing such important work.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Provide the definition of “ethical dilemma”.
  • Describe the six Ethical Principles for Treatment Professionals.
  • Identify at least three tools of decision making to help with ethical dilemmas.
  • Describe one tool of decision making in detail.
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Date: May 20, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Viral Hepatitis Among Inmate Populations: Detection, Prevention, and New Hepatitis C Treatment Options 
Description: The prevalence of viral hepatitis among prison and jail inmates is substantially higher than that of the general population. Hepatitis C infection is particularly common among prison inmates with a history of drug use. An estimated 16%–41% of prison inmates have ever been infected with HCV and 12%–35% are chronically infected, compared to 1%–1.5% of the general population. This webinar offers vital information about measures that can prevent the spread of viral hepatitis and protect correctional staff from exposure. It also includes information and resources for helping at-risk RSAT clients access testing and treatment during institutional stays and upon release. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Name the two types of hepatitis that are prevalent among inmate populations.
  • List three risk factors associated with Hepatitis C infection.
  • Discuss three reasons to encourage RSAT clients to be tested for viral hepatitis.
  • Identify at least two resources where justice professionals can learn more about Hep C and measures to help reduce its spread. 
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Click here for a handout on Hepatitis C & Incarceration referenced in the webinar.

 
Date: March 18, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Andrew Klein
Title of Presentation: Medication Assisted Treatment & Reentry
Description: This webinar will describe the concept of medication assisted treatment and its effectiveness when combined with counseling, behavioral therapies, and aftercare. Attendees will learn about the most effective medications currently available and how MAT is being utilized at one RSAT program.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List the three FDA approved medications for opioid use disorder and the three for alcohol use disorder.
  • Identify at least one benefit of MAT as a supplement to other treatment modalities as well as at least one specific challenge and risk posed by each medication. 
  • Describe the three basic components of a correctional MAT program for re-entering inmates, including linkage to community aftercare.  

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Date: February 18, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Redonna K. Chandler
Title of Presentation: The Neurobiology of Addiction and Effective Treatment
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the scientific basis for viewing drug addiction as a disease that affects the brain and behavior. Evidence-based interventions and principles for addressing substance use disorders, including psychosocial treatments and medications will be discussed.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List the three factors involved in the definition of addiction.
  • Identify three functions of the dopamine system that play a role in the development of addiction.
  • List three evidence-based drug treatment interventions for adults in the criminal justice system. 
  • Identify three non-evidence-based practices traditionally used with adults in the criminal justice system for substance use.
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Date: January 21, 2015, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Victor Ortiz, MSW
Title of Presentation: Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction (Part 2)
Description: Part 2 of this webinar will focus on identifying, assessing, and treating gambling disorders. We will introduce various screening tools, review best practices, and treatment trends. The webinar will highlight a guest speaker who will provide firsthand experience on the issues related to gambling.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List two theories of gambling addiction.
  • Identify two treatment best practice approaches to gambling disorders.
  • List two screening tools used to identify gambling disorders.
  • Identify three common triggers experienced by problem gamblers in recovery.
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Date: December 17, 2014, 2:00 PM ET
Presenter: Victor Ortiz, MSW
Title of Presentation: Problem Gambling: The Hidden Addiction (Part 1)
Description: This webinar is aimed at identifying the relationship of problem gambling and addiction, as well as effective strategies in integrating problem gambling services. The training is aimed at exploring the new diagnostic criteria of Gambling Disorders, as well as explore the challenges and opportunities within the correctional system. This webinar will identify strategies for managing treatment barriers, as well as explore best practices.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify three factors in the association of gambling disorders with other addictive and mental health disorders.
  • Describe four risk factors associated with gambling disorders.
  • List three DSM-5 criteria for gambling disorders.
  • Identify two effective steps in establishing integrated systems of care.
  • List two resources on gambling treatment. 
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Date: November 19, 2014, 2:00 PM ET
Presenters: Darcy Edwards, Robyn Feese
Title of Presentation: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices for RSAT Programs
Description: This webinar will share methods the Nevada Department of Corrections used to implement some of the evidence-based practices for RSAT Programs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss a dynamic risk/needs assessment system that can be used with offenders at any point in the criminal justice system.
  • List at least two practical ways to enhance intrinsic motivation.
  • List at least three issues that are critical to any cognitive-behavioral curriculum.
  • List at least two practical quality assurance methods.
  • List at least one instrument that can be used to measure offender change.
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Date: October 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Andrew Klein
Title of Presentation: Evidence-Based Practice (Part 2)
Description: This webinar is part 2 of a 2-part series defining what is evidence-based practice. The eight principles for effective evidence-based intervention will be discussed in depth. We will list and talk about five qualities an organization must have in order to implement evidence-based practice. There will also be discussion about how an agency should find and then choose an evidenced-based program. Attendees who didn’t attend Part 1 can listen to it and download the PowerPoint at: http://www.rsat-tta.com/Webinars/Archived-Webinars.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the eight principles for effective evidence-based intervention.
  • List five qualities an organization must have in order to implement evidence-based practice.
  • Identify five criteria an agency should utilize when choosing an evidence-based program.
  • List three requirements for an agency to successfully implement a new evidence-based program. 
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Date: September 17, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Andrew Klein
Title of Presentation: Evidence-Based Practice (Part 1)
Description: This webinar will define evidence-based practice, focusing on the fact that it requires more than the adoption of one or more evidence-based programs. Such programs must be implemented not only with fidelity to the specific components of the programs as validated by the research, but they must be embedded in an environment that is consistent with evidence-based practices.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four major challenges that must be met to incorporate an evidence-based treatment program into their correctional facility.
  • Identify three national sources where they can find evidence-based programs for substance abuse treatment.
  • Identify five common and widely use practices that will not promote evidence-based practices.
  • Determine whether or not their RSAT program is engaging in evidence-based practices
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Date: August 20, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care

Description: Criminal justice workers often assist people who have been victimized and this work can be extremely challenging. They themselves are sometimes the targets of violence. As a result, they are likely to experience lasting psychological and spiritual changes in the way that they see themselves and the world. Vicarious trauma is the process of change that happens because you work with other people who have been hurt, and feel committed or responsible to help them. Over time this process can lead to changes in your psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. If you work with criminal justice clientele, it is important to understand the process of vicarious trauma, because it will almost certainly impact you in some way. But that’s not all. It will also impact your family, your organization, and the people you are working to help. This training will provide an awareness and understanding of vicarious trauma, its impact on corrections professionals, their families and their clients. It will help to identify and manage the manifestations of vicarious trauma and review implementation of methods to prevent and/or decrease it in the workplace and within the individual service provider.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List three of the four descriptors of Vicarious Trauma.
  • Identify three manifestations of Vicarious Trauma.
  • List three consequences of Vicarious Trauma.
  • Identify three ways they can protect themselves from experiencing secondary trauma throughout the course of their work.  
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Date: July 16, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: The Winners' Circle Model

Description: Winners' Circles are peer-led support groups for people striving to remain free from past drug use and criminal justice involvement. Winners’ Circles offer safe environments for former offenders to develop healthy lifestyles, learn and practice social skills, address problems that previously led to criminal activity, expand their networks of recovery associates, and offer encouragement and support to others. This presentation highlights the history, structure, and training on starting a Winners' Circle in your community.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify three benefits of starting a Winners’ Circle.
  • Describe how a Winners’ Circle is helpful where treatment services may not be readily available.
  • Identify two ways a Winners’ Circle improves treatment retention and sustained recovery for former offenders.
  • Describe two characteristics of an effective Winners’ Circle recovery support system
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Date: June 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Gabrielle de la Guéronnière 
Title of Presentation: Understanding the Affordable Care Act and the Opportunities the Law Presents for the Criminal Justice System

Description: This presentation will inform participants about the Affordable Care Act’s major opportunities to expand coverage for services and to improve access to care for justice-involved individuals. The presentation will highlight the law’s provisions related to expanding access to substance use disorder and mental health care and will discuss how Medicaid applies to people involved in different parts of the criminal justice system.  Participants will also learn about steps certain jurisdictions have taken to enroll justice-involved people in health insurance and link them to care.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how Federal Medicaid can pay for an incarcerated individual’s inpatient community-based care.
  • Describe four major requirements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.
  • Identify whether the participant’s state is a Medicaid Health Home state.
  • Identify three steps to take to determine which substance use disorder and mental health services are covered through the state Medicaid plan and whether the coverage complies with the requirements of the Federal parity law.
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Date: May 21, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Earl Warren and Jacqueline Chowaniec 
Title of Presentation: Mentoring for Success: Completing the RSAT Continuum of Care

Description: This presentation will provide participants with an inexpensive yet highly effective option for providing aftercare and post-release treatment for RSAT clients. It will describe the model developed by Spectrum Health Systems in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Correction under a Second Chance Act grant program. It is designed to use volunteer peer mentors to bridge the gap between pre-release treatment and coordination of post release services to assist RSAT clients to quickly stabilize in the community. Finally, the webinar will provide outcomes for the peer-mentoring program demonstrating the high rate of client engagement and significant reduction in recidivism.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four community reintegration risk factors following release from prison.
  • Describe the four essential elements of peer mentoring programs.
  • Describe three strategies used by peer mentors to mitigate criminogenic needs.
  • Identify the three primary roles peer mentors serve in offender community reintegration.
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Date: April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: RSAT Staff from Barnstable, Berkshire, Middlesex, and Norfolk County Jails 
Title of Presentation: Voices from the Field: Innovations in RSAT Programming (Massachusetts Jail Consortium)

Description: The four Massachusetts programs were selected as Mentor Host Sites for their evidence-based institutional programming.  They are also recognized for their first in the nation adoption of medication assisted treatment as a re-entry component to both prevent drug overdose deaths, all too common among recently released inmates, as well as promote successful long term recovery in the community.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 2 medications used to treat alcohol addiction.
  • List 2 methods in identifying suicidal inmates.
  • Describe 2 approaches to integrating an RSAT after program into the community.
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Date: March 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Kenneth Osborne
Title of Presentation: Addressing Father Absence in Substance Abuse Treatment

Description : Among today’s prominent health concerns, father absence underscores a number of child risk and endangerment factors and is identified as a primary feature among many recovering persons, including criminal justice populations. This workshop explores some of the reasons for father absence, the WAR (World of Abnormal Rearing) Cycle of Addiction, and what can be done to address this issue in treatment for offender populations and for those in community settings.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List at least three reasons for father absence
  • Define the "WAR Cycle" of Addiction 
  • Identify four major life areas impacting the World of Abnormal Rearing
  • Be able to list at least three traints of the "man box".
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Date: February 19, 2014, 2:00 PM EST
Presenters:

1) Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center
Rob Gaskill, Director of Residential Services


2) Utah Department of Corrections 

Greg Hendrix, Program Director, Con-Quest 
Clark Holladay, Program Director, Hope


Title of Presentation: Voices from the Field: Innovations in RSAT Programming (Indiana and Utah)

Description #1: Women’s Programming at Bartholomew County Community Corrections Center

The Community Corrections Center in Columbus, Indiana provides therapeutic, residential treatment and case management services to non-violent female offenders who have substance abuse and often co-occurring disorders and a high risk of repetitive criminal behavior. Not only are evidence-based treatment approaches utilized but gender specific programming is emphasized as well. Learn what gender specific programming entails as well as the principles of connecting female offenders coming from an institutional setting to community-based services. 

Description #2: Men’s Programming at Utah State Prison

The Utah Department of Corrections has put in place a continuum of services to address the cognitive, social, behavioral, and vocational needs of their offenders. The program features extensive evidence-based treatment approaches taking into account the effect of trauma and its impact on substance use disorders. Learn about the range and variety of incentives used to reinforce pro-social behavior in the program and the extensive transition program to aid offenders moving back into the community. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four elements of gender specific programming that are beneficial to female offenders.
  • Discuss three evidence-based treatment practices that are geared towards addressing women’s issues. 
  • Describe four rewards offered to offenders as incentives for positive behavior at Utah State Prison.
  • Identify three services provided to offenders at Utah State Prison to ease the transition from incarceration to community living.  
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Date:
 January 15, 2014, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Ethical Issues in Offender Treatment: Professional Competence
Description: Treatment professionals have a responsibility to their correctional clients and must be accountable for their welfare and rights. Furthermore, all criminal justice staff have a responsibility to the public, to other professionals, to the agencies and institutions in which they work, and to the counseling / corrections profession. In addition to respecting differences among clients, staff must be competent, respect client autonomy, maintain appropriate boundaries and promote pro-social behavior. This training will review some basic ethical principles for RSAT program staff to consider and will emphasize the understanding and importance of Professional Competence. It will present various scenarios that highlight ethical dilemmas and will provide participants some helpful options from which to choose if they recognize unprofessional or incompetent behaviors in themselves or their colleagues.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of “power differential”.
  • Describe the six Ethical Principles for Treatment Professionals.
  • List at least three areas of Professional Competence.
  • Develop a plan of action if Professional Competence or any Ethical Principle is in danger of being / has been infringed upon.
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Date: December 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Joan Gillece
Title of Presentation: What is Trauma and Why Must We Address it
Description: SAMSHA’s Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices promotes trauma-informed practices in the delivery of services to people who have experienced violence and trauma and are seeking support for recovery and healing. This presentation will address the prevalence of trauma and suggest techniques to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization. Participants will learn what trauma is, how it affects individuals – psychologically, developmentally, and neurobiological. Self-regulation strategies will be explored.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define trauma and explain its effect on the brain.
  • Discuss four strategies to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization.
  • Describe two ways trauma affects people developmentally, psychologically, and physiologically.
  • Develop two action steps to implement trauma-informed practices in their work.
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Date: November 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Earl Warren and Jacqueline Chowaniec
Title of Presentation: Mentoring for Success: Completing the RSAT Continuum of Care
Description: This presentation will provide participants with an inexpensive yet highly effective option for providing aftercare and post-release treatment for RSAT clients. It will describe the model developed by Spectrum Health Systems in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Correction under a Second Chance Act grant program. It is designed to use volunteer peer mentors to bridge the gap between pre-release treatment and coordination of post release services to assist RSAT clients to quickly stabilize in the community. Finally, the webinar will provide outcomes for the peer-mentoring program demonstrating the high rate of client engagement and significant reduction in recidivism.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four community reintegration risk factors following release from prison.
  • Describe the four essential elements of peer mentoring programs.
  • Describe three strategies used by peer mentors to mitigate criminogenic needs.
  • Identify the three primary roles peer mentors serve in offender community reintegration.
Click here to download the PowerPoint used for this presentation.
 
 
Date: October 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Andrew Klein and Jon Grand
Title of Presentation: Prevalence of Drug Overdose Deaths upon Release from Prisons and Jails
Description: This webinar will provide the latest research on the incidence of drug overdose from inmates immediately upon release from correctional institutions. It will describe post release inmate deaths within the context of the problem of drug overdoses in general. Information will be presented on which inmates are most at risk for drug overdose upon release, why they overdose, and on what drugs. Finally, the webinar will describe counter measures that have been developed to address such drug overdoses, including specifically the role of RSAT programs in this effort.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Cite the three major drugs responsible for drug ODs.
  • List at least four major reasons why inmates are at particular risk for drug overdoses.
  • Name six states with 911 Good Samaritan Laws.
  • List three specific steps RSAT programs can take to reduce post-release ODs.
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Date: September 18, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: PREA Basics: What RSAT Sites Need to Know
Description: This webinar will familiarize participants with the history of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). Since the passage of the federal law, implementation efforts have focused on developing standards at the national level and policies at the state and local levels. PREA law was universally supported by bipartisan effort; however, the controversy begins when facilities and jurisdictions need to define, develop procedures and policies to prevent, and address it. This webinar will outline progress we have made in implementation and standards over the last 10 years. The presenter, a former PREA administrator, will discuss the PREA basics and the impact they may have for RSAT programs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe at least three categories of individuals who have contact with inmates and are subject to PREA law.
  • List three characteristics of male inmates associated with an increased risk of becoming a victim of prison sexual assault.
  • Discuss the two methods used to collected data on the prevalence of sexual assault and abuse in custody.  
  • Identify at least three services that must be offered to PREA victims.
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Click here to download the PowerPoint used for this presentation.
Click here to download a handout for the PREA webinar. 
 
 
Date: August 21, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Rebecca Starr and Beth Fraster
Title of Presentation: The Access to Recovery (ATR) Program: Working with the Re-entry Population
Description: This webinar will familiarize participants with the federally funded Access to Recovery program and how it has been implemented in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Access to Recovery (ATR) seeks to expand the range of recovery support services available to individuals with substance use disorders. A major focus of ATR is individual choice. The grant requires that individuals are provided “genuine, free, and independent choice” among eligible recovery support providers. In Massachusetts, a big focus has been on providing employment services in order to help clients become ready and able to secure jobs, as well as on the relatively new service of Recovery Coaching. Both of these services and their outcomes will be highlighted in the webinar.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe two of the basic premises of the ATR program.
  • Discuss how the ATR payment system differs from typical grant based funding mechanisms and explain why this payment system was chosen.
  • Name three of the recovery support services that Massachusetts ATR offers to its participants. 
  • List two of the positive outcomes of the ATR program.
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Date: June 19, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Andrew Klein
Title of Presentation: Domestic Violence and RSAT
Description: Although substance abuse is the universal common denominator among RSAT inmates, many share another common challenge, domestic violence (DV). Among RSAT populations are a high proportion of both domestic violence victims and perpetrators. In fact, some RSAT inmates’ substance abuse may have been the result of self-medication to deal with the stress of domestic violence. It also plays a major role in post-release recidivism. Studies indicate that after release, the second largest number of rearrests for RSAT graduates after substance abuse crimes is domestic violence. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe five activities that constitute what is typically described as “domestic violence.”
  • Identify the major three risk factors associated with being both a high risk abuser and being most vulnerable for domestic violence victimization.
  • Identify criminal and civil court histories that indicate domestic violence abuse and domestic violence abuse victimization.
  • Identify a community resource available to augment RSAT treatment to address domestic violence for both perpetrators and victims.
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Date: May 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenters: Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Bourne MA
Roger Allen, Director of Inmate Services
Jessica Burgess, Assistant Director of Health Services
Title of Presentation: Educating Inmates on Medication-Assisted Recovery
Description: Barnstable County Sheriff’s office and correctional facility in Bourne, Massachusetts has been educating inmates on Medication-Assisted Treatment for the past year. This training will outline the purpose of educating inmates on different substance abuse treatment options. The training will also describe the appropriateness to the RSAT program at the facility. The PowerPoint and presentation used directly with inmates will be explained.  There will also be a brief description of Barnstable County Correctional Facility’s use of Medication-Assisted Treatment behind the walls using the medication Vivitrol. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 2 medications used to treat alcohol addiction.
  • Identify 3 medications that treat opioid addiction.
  • Identify 1 difference between alcohol misuse and alcohol dependence.
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Date: April 17, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Patti Butterfield
Title of Presentation: Residential Substance Abuse Treatment in the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Description: The Federal Bureau of Prisons (Bureau) has a lengthy history of offering residential substance abuse treatment to its offenders. Originally implemented in 1989, the Bureau's Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP) has evolved and expanded over time. This training will briefly review the history of RDAP in the Bureau, highlighting key periods of growth and change. The Bureau's current RDAP treatment model, which includes cognitive behavioral therapies delivered within the context of a modified therapeutic community environment, will be described. In addition, this training will focus on "lessons learned" from the Bureau's efforts to rapidly expand services and implement new evidence-based treatment models. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 3 critical developments in the history of residential substance abuse treatment in the Bureau.
  • Identify the 10 core elements of the Bureau's current evidence-based model for the delivery of residential substance abuse treatment.
  • Name 5 components of the Bureau's drug treatment services organizational structure and the positive contributions of each component.
  • Describe 3 "lessons learned" regarding the effective implementation of residential substance abuse treatment programs in the Bureau.
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Date: March 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation: Ethical Issues in Offender Treatment: Professional Boundaries
Description: Ethical issues related to professional boundaries are among the most problematic and challenging. Although some issues may seem cut-and-dried in a correctional setting, others may fall into the “gray area” depending on one’s role / job description.  This training will provide an awareness and understanding of professional boundaries – what they are and why they are important.  It will introduce participants to the concept of the Power Differential and how it impacts the relationships between all RSAT Program staff and community members.  It will review various slippery slope scenarios that highlight compromised boundaries and will provide participants with responses that they can call upon if they are in danger of crossing a professional boundary within their program. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of “power differential”.
  • Identify three types of professional boundaries and their relevance to offender treatment.
  • List at least three warning signs that boundaries may be at risk of being crossed / compromised. 
  • Develop a plan of action if boundaries are in danger of becoming unprofessional / boundaries have been crossed.
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Date: February 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Fred Zackon
Title of Presentation: Choosing and Using Evidence-Based Programming
Description: This presentation grapples with two questions: 
  1. What treatment issues matter most in selecting evidence-based programming (i.e., specific EB content and protocols) for one’s program? 
  2. What matters most for effective implementation of any program? 
These questions loom larger as more EB interventions enter a growing market of tools available to RSAT programs.  Without critiquing or ranking specific products, we will focus on:
  1. Deciding what your program wants a product to accomplish;
  2. Selecting a product with apparent capacity to do the job that might also fit well into your program; and,
  3. Implementing the curriculum/intervention with both rigor and sensible adaptations. 
The webinar is for program decision-makers who want to get the most treatment impact from any given EB programming and it’s for treatment staff who must deliver that curriculum and need to somehow make it their own.  

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Date: January 16, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Prevention and Treatment Needs of RSAT Clients at Risk for or Living with HIV/AIDS
Description: Each year, an estimated one in five individuals with HIV passes through a correctional facility. HIV prevention and screening of the offender population represents an opportunity to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, decrease related healthcare costs, and alleviate a great deal of human suffering. However, a lack of information and training, specifically within the correctional workforce, has been identified as a barrier to reducing the spread of HIV. This workshop is based on a new BJA- approved manual, vetted through the CDC, and available through the RSAT Training and Technical Assistance Center.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Apply increased knowledge of best practices for preventing, detecting and treating HIV/AIDS in correctional settings;
  • Support HIV screening and meet the SUD treatment needs of at-risk and HIV+ offenders; and
  • Help offenders modify health risk behaviors and access re-entry resources.
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Date: December 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenters:
1) Minnesota Department of Corrections
Dianne Seger, Associate Director Behavioral Health

2) State Training School for Boys, Eldora, IA

Mark E. Day, Superintendent
Robert A. McCartney, Director/CEO, Addiction Management Systems, Inc.

Title of Presentation: Voices from the Field: Innovations in RSAT Programming (MN & IA)

Description #1: Chemical Dependency Treatment for Release Violators: How to stop the revolving door!

Chemical dependency (CD) treatment programs in prisons are most effective in long-term therapeutic communities that are separated from the general population. While many release violators (RV’s) are re-incarcerated for reasons directly or indirectly related to a chemical use relapse, their shorter sentences don’t allow long-term primary CD treatment. This presentation will describe the development of a short term (90-120 day) relapse prevention treatment model for RV’s who would otherwise not receive treatment services while in prison, under RSAT.

Description #2: State Training School for Boys

The State Training School RSAT program in Eldora Iowa is provided to the adolescent male population that is nearing the end of their involvement in the juvenile justice system. These youth have experienced multiple treatment options in community programs but have not been able to benefit from these previous experiences. The RSAT program works with the youth in a structured setting at the school to help them understand how their use has affected their lives, develop alternatives to the problematic activities that have caused their problems with the law, and support them in the development life-style changes that would prevent involvement in the adult correctional system.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the characteristics of release violators that make their needs for CD programming unique.
  • Discuss relapse prevention interventions for criminal populations.
  • Understand how to take the fight out of the early therapeutic encounter with adolescent males.support them in the difficult transition period from facility to community.
  • Identify means to provide/maintain a therapeutic relationship with the youth to support them in the difficult transition period from facility to community.
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Date: November 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenters:
1) Georgia Department of Corrections
Chandra S. Fussell, Program Manager, Risk Reduction Services, Substance Abuse Services
Dawn M. Collinge, Georgia State Director, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
2) Franklin County Juvenile Methamphetamine Program (Illinois)
Andrew Belt, Program Manager

Title of Presentation: Voices from the Field: Innovations in RSAT Programming

Description #1: Developing Integrated Treatment Programs for Georgia’s Offenders
The State of Georgia has opened two large dual diagnosis treatment programs, one for men and another for women. Learn what led to the development of these programs and how they are structured. Hear ways the original concept has been refined, means to get staff buy-in, next steps to assure program success, and resources to get similar programs developed.

Description #2: Franklin County Juvenile Methamphetamine Program
The Franklin County program in Benton Illinois is the only evidence-based Craving Identification and Management (CIM) curriculum being used in a locked setting in the United States. The CIM model is an approach to achieving and maintaining sobriety based on a process of analyzing craving and managing it with an individualized program of recovery activities. The Franklin County program works with males and females ages primarily 14-17. Learn about their novel treatment approach, outcome measures, and methods for assisting in the transition back to the community.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify three steps to get addiction professionals and corrections officers to accept treating inmates affected by co-occurring disorders.
  • Describe three obstacles to changing a locked RSAT residential treatment program from an addictions only to a dual-diagnosis treatment approach.
  • Learn three practical methods for implementing the evidence-based Craving Identification & Management (CIM) curriculum in an incarcerated setting.
  • Identify three important methods proven effective in transitioning addicts from in-custody treatment to their homes & communities.
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Date: October 17, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Alexa Eggleston
Title of Presentation: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery: Implications of National and State Trends for Improving Treatment Programs
Description: Research indicates that the reentry programs that are most effective at reducing recidivism focus on those that are most likely to reoffend, provide continuing care post-release, and incorporate other key evidence-based treatment practices. Given that scarce resources severely limit the number of individuals who are able to participate in treatment services, corrections and behavioral health practitioners must maximize available resources to improve public safety and promote the health of justice-involved persons with behavioral disorders. This presentation will discuss the implications of national and state trends that are changing the way practitioners and systems work. It will also introduce a framework that synthesizes ‘what works’ in behavioral health and criminal justice in order to help agencies prioritize and address the behavioral health and criminal justice supervision needs of adults in the criminal justice system. In addition, the presentation will identify ‘lessons learned’ from programs funded by the Second Chance Act about how to support successful reentry for individuals with behavioral health needs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four essential elements of a successful criminal justice and behavioral health reentry collaboration that can reduce recidivism and promote recovery.
  • Describe three core issues to consider when applying the principles of “Risk-Needs-Responsivity” to a prison-based treatment program post-release population with behavioral health needs.
  • Identify three best practices to inform decisions on how best to prioritize resources to address the needs of justice-involved adults with behavioral health disorders.
  • Describe three key action steps states can take to create effective referrals and linkages between correctional facilities, agencies, and community-based behavioral health treatment providers.
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Date: September 19, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Lisa Braude
Title of Presentation: RSAT Correctional Policy and Planning: Preparing for National Health Reform
Description: Although many criminal justice programs across the country, especially RSAT programs, do a good job of identifying and developing partnerships with existing treatment and recovery support resources for inmates after release, many of these programs are underfunded, time-limited and stretched to capacity, reaching only a tiny proportion of the population in need. Fortunately, healthcare reform creates an opportunity for RSAT inmates to access primary care and behavioral health services upon release. This webinar discusses reentry from RSAT treatment within the context of health reform and discusses strategies to connect participants with essential treatment to preserve the gains made in RSAT treatment programs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the three benefits of national health reform for RSAT inmates;
  • Identify the five steps RSAT staff can take to plan for national health reform for correctional populations and reentering inmates; and
  • Discuss potential benefits and challenges national health reform presents for RSAT correctional administrators and staff.
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Date: August 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Description: There has been much published in the past 10 years on the advantages of using Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for certain substance use disorders, most notably for opiate and alcohol dependency. Research has shown the benefits of using a combination of medication and psychotherapy outweigh the negative aspects, which have long prevented MAT from being used consistently. This presentation will look at the different types of medication being used in Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) and alcohol treatment, their efficacy as an intervention, and several studies being conducted by the federally funded CJ-DATS II project.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify which medications are being utilized in Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) for opioid and alcohol addiction and how these drugs work;
  • Discuss the basic pharmacology behind MAT for opioid and alcohol addiction; and
  • Describe what MAT studies are currently underway through the CJ-DATS II project for the criminal justice client.
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Date: July 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Bruce Emery
Title of Presentation: Partnering with Public Behavioral Health Authorities to Build Effective Aftercare Programs
Description: Aftercare programs are increasingly important to public mental health and behavioral health authorities that are becoming more invested in creating partnerships that serve the needs of the "whole" client, including those with criminal justice involvement. This includes reaching out to service systems with which they have not historically had close ties, including corrections. The goal of this training is to introduce participants to the goals and structure of state systems of public behavioral health care, discuss the partnerships with corrections agencies that have been developed, and review the kinds of aftercare programming activities that these partnerships have produced. Aftercare program theory, research, and practice relevant for people with mental health and substance abuse disorders will be discussed.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List the three key organizational arrangements under which public mental health and substance abuse services are delivered in the U.S. and describe the implications of these arrangements on developing effective aftercare partnerships with authorities for RSAT clients;
  • Name two models of aftercare in wide use by US mental health and addictions authorities that are relevant to RSAT clients; and
  • Describe two effective strategies to reach out to behavioral health state authorities to create effective aftercare partnerships
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Date: June 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Fred Zackon
Title of Presentation: Running Much Better Treatment Groups
Description: If a car’s not built right, the driver’s skills are secondary.  The same goes for treatment groups and their clinicians.  This webinar is about structural and operational fundamentals that largely determine the serviceability of any given treatment group, be it evidence-based and manualized, or TC-bred or home-made.  Specifically, these fundamentals are the group’s membership criteria, operating structure, and learning content.  At issue is why treatment staff must, and how they can, attend to these variables in order to avoid problems that even the best group therapists face too often and that many group therapists face all the time.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify within any given actual treatment group specific strengths or weakness of each of three fundamental elements at issue (see above);
  • Describe two or more practical steps for improving an actual given group’s therapeutic efficacy; and
  • Describe two or more methods to more effectively impart core program content through current treatment groups. 
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Date: May 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Co-occurring Disorders and Integrated Treatment Approaches for RSAT Programs
Description: Integrated treatment has become the standard of care for individuals with substance treatment needs and co-occurring mental health disorders (CODs). New research tells us that CODs are more prevalent among people entering substance use treatment than previously assumed, and even more common, still, among those incarcerated in US prisons and jails. The challenge for RSAT staff is to ensure the individuals complete treatment with an understanding of how their substance use and mental health disorders interact and the strategies that will help sustain recoveries from both. Although many professionals tend to label individuals with CODs as resistant or difficult to treat, research has identified effective practices that RSAT staff can successfully employ during treatment and in aftercare planning. The goal of this training is to introduce integrated treatment approaches that RSAT programs can apply at the screening, assessment and intervention levels.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the prevalence of CODs among RSAT clients and their impact on criminal behavior, addiction recovery and recidivism;
  • Explain the principles of integrated screening and assessment, and give examples of effective interventions for RSAT clients with co-occurring disorders; and
  • List the advantages of identifying mental health issues during treatment and educating clients about sustaining recovery from both disorders.
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Date: April 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Angela Halvorson
Title of Presentation: The Rules of Engagement - Understanding The Military Experience to Better Treat the Incarcerated Veteran
Description: For many men and women who have risked so much to serve our country, their experiences have left them with post-deployment effects that in some cases can lead to or contribute to substance use disorders, mental health challenges, criminal justice involvement, or harm to self and others. Many of these men and women end up in the jail and prison system. Understanding their often unique and complex issues, including compounded trauma and exposure to violence, substance use disorders, and mental health challenges is essential. To serve this population effectively, RSAT staff need a working knowledge of the military culture and the combat experience, a trauma-informed and military-informed approach to services, and tools for safety and stabilization. This session provides a brief set of suggestions for addressing each of these areas of need. This session will also provide recommendations for the self-care and self-management of staff and clinicians working with this population.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify four characteristics of the “military mindset” and the implications for each in treating this population;
  • Discuss four of the post-deployment affects that can potentially lead to incarceration; and
  • Identify five effective clinical responses to the needs of veterans and five critical knowledge areas for clinical staff.
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Date: March 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program
Description: Cognitive Behavior Programs have evolved over the last thirty years, impacted by a variety of researchers and practitioners. A number of approaches drawing largely on cognitive-behavioral methods have also been developed to address criminal thinking, the most popular among these being Thinking for a Change (T4C), issued by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) (Bush et al. 2000). When integrating (T4C) into a therapeutic community program, offenders can learn to recognize thinking errors and to understand how those errors can lead to behavior that gets them into trouble. This webinar will look at the core components of Thinking for a Change (T4C) and review the lesson structure for the curriculum.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Know how many sessions are in the T4C curriculum;
  • Name the three key skills in the T4C curriculum;
  • Know which lessons are best for orientation of new participants; and
  • Know the basic lesson structure for T4C curriculum.
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Date: February 15, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Niki Miller
Title of Presentation: Trauma-Informed Correctional Care
Description: Trauma-informed services are becoming the standard of care in behavioral health. Applying trauma-informed care to criminal justice systems is challenging but also logical when one considers the prevalence of trauma in the lives of RSAT clients and the triggering nature of prison and jail environments. The goal of this training is to introduce trauma theory, research and practice relevant to people with addictive disorders who may have histories of exposure to violence and trauma and are in the justice system. Understanding the impact of trauma, the changes that take place among clients who have PTSD, or other trauma-related disorders, will help RSAT staff deal with the significant numbers of offenders with histories of exposure to violence. The principles of trauma-informed care are simple to apply. A few general guidelines can make treatment more effective and correctional facilities safer. Trauma interventions specifically suited for addiction treatment programs have been highly effective. In addition, anyone working with large numbers of traumatized individuals can benefit from the basics of self-care as they work with this demanding population.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • List the three major symptom categories of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and explain how they may manifest themselves in RSAT clients;
  • Identify two foundational principles of trauma-informed care and name one trauma-specific intervention; and
  • Describe two strategies to minimize re-traumatization while screening for trauma in a criminal justice setting.
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Date: January 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: Criminal and Addictive Thinking
Description: Thinking errors in criminals continue to expand into almost all areas of their lives and they regularly fail to deter their distorted thinking which results in regular violence and harm of others. These thinking errors are similar for the addicted offender as well, leading to substance use and criminal activity. This webinar is an overview of the criminal and addictive thinking patterns and their similarities, tactics used by the addicted offender in an effort to mask their criminogenic needs, and "the lack of time perspective" which prevents them from learning from their experiences.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how many patterns are the same between criminal and addictive thinking;
  • Define at least three criminal thinking patterns; and
  • Identify at least three characteristics of the "lack of time perspective".
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Date: December 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Daniel Ryan
Title of Presentation: Motivational Interviewing
Description: This 45-minute presentation is in large part based on Miller and Rollnick’s text, Motivational Interviewing. It is a succinct interpretation of Motivational Interviewing (MI) philosophy and is not intended to be a fully comprehensive review of the subject.

Participants will learn one of MI’s most important rules, confrontation doubles an inmate’s resistance. The best way to respond to an inmate’s resistance is through non-resistance—hostility and criticism are counterproductive and ineffective.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe substance abuse and addiction as it is identified by the National Institute of Drug Abuse;
  • Identify at least two key principles of Motivational Interviewing; and
  • Describe at least seven rules of Motivational Interviewing.
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Date: October 19th and November 16th, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Ret. Captain Mark Thompson and Roberta C. Churchill
Title of Presentation: Partners in Crime Reduction: Building Stronger Relationships Among Correctional Officers and Treatment Staff to Ensure Program Effectiveness
Description: An often overlooked but very influential factor in ensuring the effectiveness of an RSAT Program is the importance that staff makes in the delivery of effective services throughout the program experience. More specifically, the relationships between security officers (uniformed staff) and treatment providers (non-uniformed staff) within an RSAT Program is essential to the proper functioning of a structured, consistent and successful program. This webinar will bring together a former RSAT Treatment Director and retired RSAT Lead Officer who together created the first RSAT Program in Massachusetts. They bring first-hand knowledge of the keys to successful partnerships and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the role of staff relationships within the context of Responsivity and Need Principles;
  • Understand the importance of RSAT Program staff as role models;
  • Identify methods to build relationships between uniformed and non-uniformed staff; and
  • Discuss programmatic techniques to maintain strong relationships among all RSAT Program staff.
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Date: September 21, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Kenneth L. Osborne
Title of Presentation: Socialization and Change of the Drug Involved Offender
Description: Participants in this webinar will explore the pilgrimage individuals make into the life of crime and addiction. The presenter will cover how social learning impacts addictive choices. In addition, the culture of addiction will be covered, the use of the stages of change as a method of examining pathways in and out of addiction will be discussed as well. Risk reductions and three determinants of change will be reviewed.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the three pathways in and out of addiction;
  • Discuss the three ways social learning impacts addictive behavior; and
  • List the three determinants of positive change necessary in order to sustain treatment gains.
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Date: August 17, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Deana Evens
Title of Presentation: Gender Responsiveness in Correctional Systems for the Substance Use Offender
Description: Over the years, correctional systems have studied the behavior of male offenders and slowly developed approaches geared towards the male population. While male offenders make up 82% of the adult jail/prison population, incarceration rates of women has tripled in the last 30 years. The needs of the female offender differ from males, yet the system has been slow to alter their approach in working with females. By being gender responsive, and using appropriate strategies for working with female offenders, this will increase safety and can have profound effects on the well-being of families, communities and our society as a whole. This webinar is designed to increase awareness about female offenders in the correctional setting and provide insight on how best to work with this ever-growing population.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify five characteristics to understand and work more effectively with women offenders; 
  • Recognize four behaviors/consequences that women with substance abuse problems have; and
  • State six Gender-Responsive Guiding Principles.
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Date: July 20, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Linda Gatson-Rowe
Title of Presentation: Community as Change Agent: Incorporating Peer-to-Peer Learning in RSAT Programs
Description: The webinar educates registrants in the many benefits of creating a culture that supports accountability to a peer group that is, in turn, accountable to a “rational authority”. This model of accountability has been implemented and empirically validated in a prison based RSAT as well as in community corrections and sober house settings. The model incorporates elements of the twelve step fellowship, the cognitive-behavioral approach, and the therapeutic community perspective to create an environment that supports change and a peer group that becomes a vital piece of the intervention. As each member becomes more accountable to the group, both the individual and the treatment community become stronger.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 3 advantages of Therapeutic Community;
  • Identify and discuss therapeutic tools used in Therapeutic Community structure; and
  • Identify infrastructure of Therapeutic Community.
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Date: June 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Fred Zackon
Title of Presentation: Core Recovery Goals for RSAT Programming
Description: This webinar aims to help RSAT staff sharpen their clinical focus on particularly important treatment goals. We will draw distinctions between broad objectives (e.g., “begin a strong recovery,” “learn to be drug-free”) and specific and measurable goals that represent foundational achievements of sustainable recovery and that can be well targeted by evidence-based approaches. 
 
Incorporating input from the audience, we will apply the SMART rubric (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) to define such goals, discuss their importance, show how they can be made measurable, and fit them within the typical resource set of correctional programs.

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify major achievements of developmental recovery irrespective of treatment interventions;
  • Gauge how appropriately their own services focus on achievable recovery progress;
  • Recognize vital features of practical recovery-based treatment goals; and
  • Link specific evidence-based practices to achievable recovery-based treatment goals.
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Date: May 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Roberta Churchill
Title of Presentation:
Offender Assessment Using the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model
Description: Ensuring public safety by reducing criminal behaviors can best be achieved by providing offenders with services that match their level of risk as well as addressing their criminogenic needs. More effective correctional programs follow a cognitive behavioral and social learning approach, however specific responsivity issues such as tailoring interventions to the learning style, motivation, abilities and strengths of the offender are increasingly recognized as significant considerations for treatment planning as well. Current research documents significant reduction in recidivism when the principles of risk, need and responsivity are adhered to in correctional programming. But how do correctional professionals determine an offender’s risk level, treatment needs and the best way to deliver services?

Learning Objectives
  • A brief history of offender assessment
  • A review of the Risk – Need - Responsivity (RNR) Model
  • The role of the RNR Model in the development of offender assessment instruments
  • The connection between offender assessment, treatment planning and provision of services
  • An overview of several 4th Generation RNR assessment instruments  
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Date: April 20, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: The Value of Proper Assessments: Selecting the Most Appropriate Assessment Tools to Ensure Effective Treatment Protocols for Your Substance Abusing Population
Description: Sound clinical practice regarding assessment is the key to identifying initial and ongoing treatment needs and services; as well as identifying reentry needs and services. Assessment of the criminal justice population must also address criminal risk factors that can impact treatment progress both within the institution and during community reentry. This webinar will introduce participants to evidence-based tools and practices for the assessment of the criminal justice population in treatment.

Learning Objectives
  • Review of current assessment tools
  • Assessing risk factors for the criminal justice client
  • What tools are right for the job
  • The conveyance of assessment information to providers
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Webinar: March 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Phillip Barbour
Title of Presentation: Screening: Making the Most of Limited Resources
Description: The inmates’ need for treatment in jails and prisons far outweighs the resources that are available. Therefore, it is critical for programs to partner with their correctional centers to develop criteria for who they can serve based on available resources and security classification; and develop screening processes to ensure that inmates are matched with the appropriate treatment services. This webinar will focus on the development of program criteria, taking into account both the resources of the treatment program as well as the security classification issues; and screening processes, including evidence-based tools, that can be used to match offenders to institution based treatment programs.
 
Learning Objectives
  • Understanding the resource challenges in the screening process: Who should do it? When it should be done? Where is the best place?
  • Selecting the right AOD tool for screening: e.g. TCUDSII, Simple Screening Instrument, SASSI.
  • Developing and maintaining integrity between the screening process and the actual treatment of the offender.  Consents, agreements and incentives.
  • The importance of sharing information from the screening.
  • Understanding how security classification and good time credit affects treatment.
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Webinar: February 16, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
Presenter: Fred Zackon
Title of Presentation: Key Elements of Effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Description: No matter its orientation—Twelve Step, TC, or something else—your program probably employs CBT of some sort.  It’s big in our field.  But CBT is what exactly?  And does what exactly?  What’s common to the most proven varieties of CBT?  Could those elements be strengthened in your program?  Does your form of CBT reinforce the other features of your program?  And vice versa?  This webinar will: 
  • Explain clearly the essential theories and strategies of the leading forms of CBT;
  • Identify from research and practice features shared by almost all effective CBT;
  • Offer a simple tool for gauging the health of CBT practices in your program;
  • Explore how to get broader treatment impact from the CBT you do use.
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