Treatment Needs and Strategies for Individuals in Various Criminal Justice Settings (12 hours)

Ed Roberts


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This 12-hour course is designed to explore specific treatment needs and strategies for individuals in particular criminal justice settings. Each of the four chapters of this course will look at one of the following specific settings:

  • Treatment Issues Specific to Pretrial and Diversion Settings
  • Treatment Issues Specific to Jails
  • Treatment Issues Specific to Prisons
  • Treatment for Offenders Under Community Supervision


    By participating in this internet based course the trainee will:

  • Identify Characteristics of the Population and the Need for Treatment Services
  • Review Treatment Services in the Pretrial Justice System that include:
    • Arrest
    • Arraignment
    • Pretrial Diversion: Supervision in Lieu of Detention
    • Pretrial Diversion: Treatment in Lieu of Prosecution
    • Plea Bargaining
    • Pretrial Diversion: Probation Before Judgment
  • Examine the Trial and Postverdict Periods which include:
    • Trial
    • Presentencing
    • Sentencing
  • Identify Diversion to Treatment Approaches, including:
    • Drug Treatment Courts
    • Other Diversion Models
  • Look at the Treatment Services Provided in the Pretrial Setting, including:
    • Intervention Strategies
    • Treatment Modalities
    • Use of Sanctions
  • Evaluate Specific Treatment Issues such as:
    • Importance of Screening
    • Meeting Immediate Needs
    • Maintaining Existing Services
    • Protecting Clients’ Rights
    • Presumption of Innocence
    • Coercive Power of Treatment Staff
    • Checks and Balances on a Counselor’s Influence
  • Recognize Methods for Developing Pretrial Treatment Services such as:
    • Effective Pretrial and Diversion Programs
    • Procedures To Serve the Best Interests of the Offender

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

    Ed Roberts is 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 collaborated with Dr. Stanton Samenow in the design and on-screen presentation of the video & DVD series “Commitment to Change”. 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 Board of Directors for the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and has served as a trainer/consultant for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC).

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