The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), in collaboration with the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI), is pleased to announce the launch of Facilitating Behavior Change training. This immersive and interactive experience will provide community supervision agencies across the nation with a no-cost training for line staff officers in core correctional practices. Facilitating Behavior Change training helps community supervision organizations provide staff with the fundamentals of “What Works” in probation and parole. The training is particularly focused on helping corrections professionals promote prosocial behavior change in persons on supervision. When used with fidelity, the topics covered in this training can make supervision sessions more meaningful, promote sustainability in prosocial behaviors, and reduce risk and recidivism — the ultimate safety goal of any community supervision agency.

Course topics include core correctional practices (CCP), structured skill building, coaching, and feedback. Learning objectives include understanding how the Principles of Effective Intervention (risk, need, responsivity, and fidelity) connect to CCP; identifying when to use CCP skills and how to use them with persons on supervision; using cognitive restructuring tools; problem-solving, coaching, and providing feedback. This blended training consists of six hours of virtual instructor-led training and 24 hours of in-person, instructor-led training. Having both online and in-person sessions maximizes efficiency while still providing the value of traditional classroom learning. Participants will take a pre- and post-assessment questionnaire to demonstrate acquisition of new skills, and upon completion of the course, they will receive a training certificate from NIC.

Please click here to learn more about the Facilitating Behavior Change training and to complete an application. The deadline for applications is February 9, 2023.

Send questions about the Facilitating Behavior Change training or the application process to Katie Green, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections, via email at k2green@bop.gov