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Change Talk: Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Jail Programs
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By Jamie Allen, Offender Services Manager, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, Louisville, Kentucky

Allen writes,

Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) recently embarked upon a journey to change its program model to incorporate evidence-based practices and knowledge of “what works” nationally in the field of corrections. For years, our program model has included educational instruction and testing, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses, and spiritual groups. We have kept offenders constructively occupied by preparing them for their GED, teaching the dangers of drugs and alcohol, providing the skill set to be a better parent, and helping them find support in their faith.

Each of these programs is essential for helping our inmates move beyond a criminal lifestyle, but experience has shown us that curriculum alone isn’t enough. The most valuable tool in our toolbox is the ability to plant the seed that changes offenders’ behavior and thinking about committing crime. To truly engage offenders in the process of self-change, Louisville Metro is taking advantage of a communications tool known as Motivational Interviewing (MI).

This article continues on to provide the motivational interview techniques used and how they were applied at Metro Corrections.  The process of implementation and training is summarized for both work release case managers and program services staff, as are plans for expanding the program in the future.

Find additional resources from National Institute of Corrections (NIC) on Motivational Interviewing.




Posted Fri, May 27 2011 1:51 PM by Susan Powell

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