Offender Treatment Programs---Past, Present, and Future Directions

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Length: 50 minutes

Session offered by Division 18.

This program is designed to provide participants with information regarding current treatment efforts for offenders with emphasis on treating offenders with mental illness (OMI). Specifically, this presentation will provide information on what treatment services are currently being offered to offenders, discuss OMI perceptions and responses to treatment, and illustrate the cost effectiveness of different treatment programs. The first presenter will discuss current mental health services being offered to OMI. The second speaker will present information regarding treatment adherence by examining completion and non-completion rates of homework for OMI. More specifically, methods of improving homework compliance in treatment programs will be discussed. The third presenter will discuss the effectiveness of mental health treatment as measured by symptom reduction and behavioral changes for offenders who received mental health services. The fourth presentation will conclude the symposium by presenting research on the cost-effectiveness of correctional treatments that work. Specifically, recidivism data will be looked at in light of the financial investment of such services. This presenter will conclude with a discussion of the financial implications for the provision of correctional rehabilitation services.

Learning Objective 1
Identify current treatment areas being targeted for incarcerated persons who are diagnosed with mental illness.

Learning Objective 2
Recognize the benefits of incorporating regular homework assignments into correctional psychotherapy and identify practical methods for enhancing homework compliance.

Learning Objective 3
Identify types of psychotherapy are most effective for offenders with mental illness.


Presenters: Nicole R. Gross, MA; Brendan R. McDonald, BA; Catherine C. Serna, MA; Christopher J. Romani, BA; Robert D. Morgan, PhD (Chair)

Supplementary Materials

  • Offender Treatment Programs - Past Present and Future Directions
  • Offender Treatment Programs References