Training and Coaching

Criminal Justice

The CSBS is proud to be one of the leaders in training & technical assistance across the United States for bringing Strength-based practice into adult corrections—community-based probation & parole services as well as facility-based correctional work.

We've trained State Department of Corrections groups from:

  • Michigan Department of Community Corrections
  • Vermont Department of Corrections
  • Texas Community Justice Assistance Division
  • Utah Department of Corrections
  • Wyoming Department of Corrections
  • Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole
  • Federal Probation District for Hawaii (Oahu)
  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Kansas Department of Corrections
  • Washington DC / Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Oklahoma Deparment of Community Corrections

We have authored first-of-its-kind articles demonstrating the use of Strength-based practice in criminal justice work. These articles have been published in the American Correctional Association’s Corrections Today journal. Another first is authoring a two-part article series on Motivational Interviewing for probation staff with the Federal Probation journal.


These landmark monographs and articles include:

(June 2007) Walters, Scott T., Clark, Michael D., Gingerich, Ray & Meltzer, Melissa, “Motivating Offenders To Change: A Guide for Probation & Parole Officers” Practice Monograph, National Institute of Corrections (NIC) – US Department of Justice. (NIC Accession number 022253)


Two Part Article Series:

(Winter 2006) “Entering the Business of Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing for Probation Staff” Perspectives. Journal of the American Probation & Parole Association. Vol. 30 (1). 38-45. [Part One]
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(Summer 2006) Clark, et al., “Importance, Confidence and Readiness to Change: Motivational Interviewing for Probation and Parole.” Perspectives. Journal of the American Probation & Parole Association. Vol. 30 (3). 36-45. [Part Two]
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(April 1997) "Strength-Based Practice: A New Paradigm" Corrections Today, 59(2), 201-202.
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(Fall 2005). “Are Clients, not Treatment Methods, the Key to Creating Lasting Behavior Change?” ATTC Networker – Addiction Technology & Transfer Center National Office. Vol. 7 (2). 10-15.
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(August 2005) Motivational Interviewing and Mandated Interventions: Tempest in a Teapot? MINT Bulletin. Vol. 12(2) 30-31. Special Section/Virtual Symposium—Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
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Strength-based practice in criminal justice work increases productivity as it places more accountability on the offender. In Strength-based work, the offender is talking more and working harder than the corrections officer to find an exit from our system. Stop the arguing and reasoning! Move over to Strength-based strategies that will increase the resources and raise motivation levels.

In this approach, we focus on holding the offender accountable for the solution rather than the typical work of holding the defendant accountable for the problem (via passive admittance to the problem with no ensuing behavior change). Concentrating on the problem (rather than solutions) is an outcome-obscuring effort!


Where We've Been in Criminal Justice

Selected (partial) listing of previous clients of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies. Keynote addresses highlighted in bold type.

Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency—Michigan Prisoner Reentry Project, “Motivational Interviewing for Reentry”
Lansing, Michigan

National Conference - Oklahoma Department of Community Corrections and the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, “Strength-based Practice In Corrections”
Oklahoma City, OK

State of Texas, Montgomery County – Department of Community Corrections, “Motivational Interviewing—Beginning” & “Motivational Interviewing—Advanced”
Conroe, Texas

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Criminal Justice & Treatment Drug Court Grantee Conference. Plenary Address “Motivating Clients Towards Change”
Washington, DC

Michigan Department of Corrections – Office of Community Corrections – Staff training, “Motivational Interviewing—Beginning” & “Motivational Interviewing—Advanced”
Oakland County Office. Troy, Michigan
Livingston County Office Howell, Michigan

United States Probation & Parole Services, Western Michigan District, three 2-day trainings,(1) Strength-Based Practice, (2) Motivational Interviewing—Beginning and (3) Motivational Interviewing—Advanced
Grand Rapids, Michigan

American Correctional Association, 2005 Winter Conference, “Strength-based Practice for Probation & Parole”
Phoenix, Arizona

Michigan Judicial Institute, workshop presentation: “Motivational Interviewing: A Strength-Based Model for Probation Officers”
Lansing, Michigan

Clackamas County Community Corrections, 2 day training series: “Strength-Based Practices for Probation & Parole
Oregon City, Oregon

Kansas Department of Corrections – Community & Field Services 2 day workshops: Case Management Using the Strengths Approach & Motivational Interviewing
Topeka, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Salina, Kansas

Michigan Department of Corrections – Office of Community Corrections – Staff training, 2 sessions “The Chemically-Dependant Client: A Guide for Justice Field Staff” & “Motivational Interviewing”
Lansing, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lapeer, Michigan
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Kansas Department of Corrections – Community & Field Services 2 day workshops: Case Management Using the Strengths Approach & Motivational Interviewing
Topeka
, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Salina, Kansas

Lane County Juvenile Court, Juvenile Drug Court and Community Corrections, two sessions, Strengths training
Eugene
, Oregon

Michigan Department of Corrections – Office of Community Corrections – Staff training, 2 sessions “The Chemically-Dependant Client: A Guide for Justice Field Staff” & “Motivational Interviewing”
Lansing
, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lapeer, Michigan

Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Yuma County Justice Center, 2 day training: Strength-based Strategies
Yuma
, Arizona

Travis County Probation Department, 2 day training: Motivational Interviewing
Austin
, Texas

Michigan Department of Corrections - Oakland County Community Corrections Department, 2 Stage training: Strength-based Practice & Motivational Interviewing
Pontiac
, Michigan

Buchanan County 5th Judicial Circuit Court – 3 day training: Strength-Based Practice with Offenders
St. Joseph, Missouri American Probation & Parole Association – Professional Development Program, “Strength-Based Practices for Community Corrections Practitioners” & “Motivational Interviewing”
Olathe, Kansas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Washington, DC
Bend, Oregon
Wichita, Kansas

Portland State University, PSU Continuing Education Series, “Strength-Based Practices for Corrections and Addictions” 2 day training
Portland, Oregon

U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) / National Institute of Corrections (NIC) – 2 days training in “Strength-Based Strategies” for the Washington County Department of Community Corrections
Hillsboro
, Oregon

Wisconsin Department of Corrections, "Strength-based Practice for Corrections"
Madison, Wisconsin

Vermont Department of Corrections, 2 day workshop: "Strength-based Practice and Motivational Interviewing"
Waterbury, Vermont

Washington County Community Partnership – 4th Annual Summit, Keynote Address: High Risk to High-Yield-Raising Motivation with Strength-based Strategies
Hagerstown
, Maryland

American Correctional Association – 132nd Congress of Corrections – Workshop, “Strength-Based Strategies: Raising Offender Motivation”
Anaheim
, California

Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association Annual Conference, “Strength-Based Practice to Raise Motivation”
Yakima
, Washington

Fourth (4th) Judicial Circuit Court of Florida – Clay, Duval & Nassau Counties,
Jacksonville
, Florida

American Probation & Parole Association, Winter Training Institute - “Strength-Based Practice for Probation and Parole”
Portland, Oregon

Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts –State Conference: “Beyond the Bench XII” Workshop presentation: “Strength-Based Practice”
Los Angeles
, California

United States Speakers Program - Department of State, United States Embassy -Malta (Mediterranean section) & Maltese Substance Abuse Treatment Agency - (SEDQA), University of Malta - Institute of Forensic Studies. Workshop presentation to Maltese Probation, “Strength-based Practice for Probation”
Valletta
, Malta

American Probation & Parole Association, Winter Training Institute
“Strength-Based Techniques for Raising Offender Motivation”
Nashville
, Tennessee

Santa Barbara County Probation Department, 4 day intensive Train-the-Trainers
“Applying the Strengths Perspective”
Santa Barbara
, California

Correctional Services of Canada, Corrections Staff - National Conference
Plenary Address - "Strength-based Practice for Probation & Parole"
Kingston
, Ontario Canada

Ohio Probation Officers Association, two day training "Strength-based Practice for Probation Officers"
Columbus, Ohio

American Correctional Association- 128th Congress of Corrections Workshop presentation, “Strength-based Practice for Probation & Parole”
Detroit, Michigan