Major Treatment Issues for Offenders Who Use Substances (6 hours)

Ed Roberts


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This 6-hour course examines issues related to treating clients in the various programs found in the criminal justice system. Part 1 addresses strategies for modifying substance abuse treatment services for criminal justice clients. Some of these strategies are underlying program components, such as incentives for program participation and emphasis on personal accountability; others are more directly related to clinical issues, such as intervening with criminal thinking and teaching basic problem solving skills. Part 2 provides a basic overview of treatment needs of offenders belonging to subpopulations including women; men; violent offenders; gay, lesbian, and bisexual offenders; clients with physical and sensory disabilities; older adults; people with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; people with infectious diseases; and sex offenders.


By participating in this internet based course the trainee will:

Part 1

1. Examine clinical strategies for addressing:
1. Basic needs
2. Criminality
3. Anger and hostility
4. Identify issues
5. Denial
6. Resistance
7. Guild, shame, and stigma
8. The establishment of boundaries
9. Creating therapeutic alliances
10. Treatment needed to reflect Stages of Change
2. Review program components and strategies for:
1. Engagement
2. Effective Use of Coercion at the Program Level
3. Retention in Treatment
4. Prosocial Activity
5. Staff Modeling Accountability
6. Peer Support and Feedback
7. Program Phasing
8. Self-Management Skills —Relapse Prevention
9. Spiritual Approaches

Part 2

1. Explore treatment issues related to:
1. Cultural Minorities
2. Women
3. Men
4. Working With Violent Offenders
5. Issues Based on Client’s Sexual Orientation
6. Issues Based on the Client’s Cognitive/Learning, Physical, and Sensory Disabilities
7. Issues for Older Adults
8. Issues For Clients From Rural Areas
9. Issues For People With Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders
10. Case Management Services
11. People With Infectious Diseases
12. Sex Offenders

Your Course Instructor:
Ed Roberts, M.A., LCDC, CCJP

Ed Roberts is the Director of Treatment Operations for CEC/Civigenics, Inc. – the largest “for profit” provider of correctional treatment programs in the country. He is the former Clinical Director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, has authored numerous articles, and has collaborated with Dr. Stanton Samenow in the design and on-screen presentation of the video & DVD series “Commitment to Change: The Power of Consequences”. Ed has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and received certification from the William Glasser Institute in the practice of Reality Therapy. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, the Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors. Ed also serves on the Boardof Directors for the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and has served as a trainer/consultatnt for the National Institution of Corrections (NIC).

Additional information

Dimensions 6 in

CD ROM, Hard Copy, Internet