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New E-Learning Courses – Evidence-Based Practices
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Now available on the NIC Learning Center, these six online courses on Evidence-Based Practice were developed specifically for line staff and front line supervisors. 

The six-course program addresses specific skills and practices which, when implemented effectively, can increase positive outcomes with defendants, offenders, and inmates in the areas of pretrial, probation, jail, prison, parole, and reentry back into the community.nic.learn

  1. Course and Program Overview. The main purpose of this course is to lay the foundation for how correctional practices can affect changes in offender behavior with the ultimate goal of enhancing public safety by reducing those behaviors associated with crime.
  2. Risk Assessment and Classification: Fundamentals for Criminal Justice Professionals. The main purpose of this course is to introduce practitioners to actuarial risk assessments and describe how they are utilized as a tool within criminal justice professions.
  3. Effective Behavior Change Interventions for Offenders in Community and Institutional Settings. The main purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the research on offender behavior change.  As such this course summarizes the  principles of evidence-based practice, social learning theory and effective interventions,  and the many opportunities available to shape offender behavior. Participants will examine how people change, under what circumstances, and what style and intervention holds the most promise to affect behavior change.
  4. Essential Elements of Case Planning. The main purpose of this course is to provide front line supervisors and staff the opportunity to learn the history and advancements of evidence-based practices (EBP) relating to the area of case planning.
  5. Outcome and Performance Measures: Why Data Are So Important. The main purposes of this course are to allow the practitioner to appreciate the significance of ensuring that correctional practices are implemented with fidelity to their model, and that data is collected and analyzed to understand the degree to which intended actions are accomplishing their goals.
  6. Putting it all Together. The main purpose of this course is to integrate and link the information from the preceding courses to explain how core correctional practices that are known to enhance public safety are implemented throughout the correctional continuum. At the end of this course, participants will be able to explain how evidence-based practices are implemented throughout the correctional continuum.

To access the program, please go to and create an account or login if you already have an account. Then, go to Catalog > Self-Paced Learning Plans. Hover your mouse over Evidence-Based Practices in a Correctional Setting and click the green "+" to enroll.

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Posted Thu, May 15 2014 1:15 PM by Susan Powell


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