This course will walk you through the various courses required for certification in most states as a criminal justice addictions counselor.  Please be aware that state requirements differ.  We have done our best to include everything (and more) that you will need, but it is up to the student to verify state requirements.

Objectives

  • Explore similarities between addiction and criminogenic thinking
  • Identify purpose, sources of information and areas of concern for screening
  • Explore the pitfalls of diagnosis in the CJ system
  • Identify preferred screening and assessment instruments and what they measure
  • Examine placement strategies based on criminality, mental health and addiction issues
  • Discuss general treatment issues in CJ including the purpose, intervention and alternatives
  • Consider barriers to effective treatment in the criminal justice system
  • Highlight unique needs of special populations including women and the elderly in the CJ system
Learner Objectives
  • Examine the rates of substance-involved inmates in the criminal justice and identify rates of arrests, convictions, and recidivism for these populations.
  • Evaluate the role of race and ethnicity, and how social factors such as income, education, age, and family history impact substance abuse among criminal offenders.
  • Identify particular populations and problems needing special services in criminal justice settings
  • Identify components of effective substance abuse treatment within criminal justice settings.
  • Determine how to overcome barriers to treatment within prison populations
  • Recognize practical steps that government and criminal justice systems can take to combat substance abuse.
Learner Objectives
  • Identify the administrative, organizational, and ethical issues relevant to Mental Health Services in a correctional setting.
  • Identify typical offender problems in many correctional systems and how they are customarily managed.
  • Explain various clinical and consultative activities offered by mental health professionals within correctional settings.
  • Learn about professions in correctional mental health
  • Differentiate between level 1, 2 and 3 services in correctional mental health
  • Identify common challenges for mental health professionals working in the corrections field
  • Define and learn to identify malingering and the reasons/benefits for it

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify the administrative, organizational, and ethical issues relevant to Mental Health Services in a correctional setting.
  2. Identify typical offender problems in many correctional systems and how they are customarily managed.
  3. Explain various clinical and consultative activities offered by mental health professionals within correctional settings.
Research consistently demonstrates a strong connection between criminal activity and substance abuse; research also finds that involvement in substance abuse treatment reduces recidivism for offenders who use drugs. This TIP presents clinical guidelines to assist counselors in dealing with problems that routinely arise because of their clients status in the criminal justice system.