All of our treatment groups and individual sessions are based on the “what works” literature which focuses on targeting risk, need, and responsivity (RNR) issues in treatment for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Risk refers to the likelihood of the client reoffending, and utilizes the Level Of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R). The LSI score helps CPA therapists determine what dose of treatment a client should receive. Need refers to the criminogenic need, or the proximal cause of the client’s criminal behavior. CPA therapists utilize the LSI, clinical interview, and collateral review to determine this factor. Responsivity refers to the importance of tailoring the client’s treatment to meet their individual needs. CPA therapists specialize in assessing and treating criminogenic needs. This expertise allows the therapist and client to work together to develop treatment goals that will have the largest impact on reducing the client’s risk of recidivism.
While CPA therapists are experts in treatment, we also strongly believe that no single part of the criminal justice system will be effective in its mission unless there is excellent communication between treatment providers and supervising agents. We make every effort to keep referring parties informed of the client’s progress in treatment while maintaining confidentiality. We encourage professionals to call with questions or concerns at any time.
CPA does not provide time limited treatment (as criminal justice clients are often quite skilled at “doing time” when mandated). Rather, clients progress in treatment based on their engagement in the therapy process and progress on their individual treatment goals. Changes in treatment are always a team decision between the supervising agent, the therapist and the client. No individual “graduates” until all three parties agree that it is the most appropriate treatment decision based on the client’s individual history, treatment progress, and current situation. Changes in the client’s status, life circumstances, behavior and attitudes observed by the supervising agent and/or the treatment provider result in revised treatment plans that address their new needs. The collaborative relationship between the treatment provider and the supervising agent ensures that clients are not over treated, under treated, or given treatment that is not focused on criminogenic factors.