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From Case Management to Change Agent: The Evolution Of 'What Works' Community Supervision 2012-01

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Guy Bourgon; Leticia Gutierrez; Jennifer Ashton
Date Published
January 2012
19 pages
This article defines what cognitive-behaviorism looks like in a criminal justice context and how it can be used to maximize the impact of community supervision.
This article presents fundamental and practical information that facilitates the impact of community supervision through adopting the role of "change agent." This new role challenges existing skills, abilities, knowledge and resources. Guided by the empirically derived principles of risk, need, and response, as well as clinical experience, this publication translates from theory to practice what exactly cognitive behavioral means. Through the amalgamation of cognitive-behavioral techniques and risk/need information, the use of a theoretically and empirically-based framework (i.e., the STICS Action Plan) is proposed to assist community supervision officers in planning, prioritizing and effectively achieving change with clients. Using the STICS Action Plan, officers may practically understand risk/need assessment information from a 'change agent' perspective. This information can guide community supervision officers on the journey to becoming effective 'change agents' with the individuals they supervise. Figure and references