"Building a Culture of Change"
In any treatment setting we can depend on individuals bringing with them the same set of behaviors, values, and mores that brought them into program in the first place. Doing so, they will re-create similar relationships as they do in life. These relationships often lack pro-social norms and support dysfunction such as substance abuse or anti-social behavior. To exact real change, professionals must create an environment whereby individuals feel safe to expose old behaviors and utilize these as opportunities for learning new behavior. The inter-dependent group model asserts that the vehicle for this change is not the professional, nor the individual client, but the group itself. When professionals work to empower the group toward accountability and community, individuals begin to learn they are part of a greater whole; they have value and learn to look to each other and themselves for solutions. This training teaches all program staff how to create that culture, within their own team and then, within the group to build a culture of CHANGE!
"A Systems Approach to Mental Health and Justice"
Often, there is a disconnect and language barrier between mental heath professionals and justice professionals that create barriers to patient progress and community safety. This disconnect is paramount in the 'revolving door' pattern we see with our mentally ill and our justice systems. How do we differentiate between mental illness and criminogenic thinkers? Are they the same and how should treatment and legal interventions be adjusted accordingly?
It is important that justice and behavioral health professionals, respectively, have the knowledge to differentiate between disorders to better inform treatment, orders, sentencing and supervision. This common understanding for treatment and criminal justice systems is crucial to increasing success for individuals and reducing recidivism.
This training with provide the tools necessary to differentiate disorders, treatment, and legal protocol. It will outline best practices for treatment as well as supervision and provide an opportunity to discuss, in group forum, solutions to our current system.