Currently in the US, more individuals are being released than are being admitted to state and federal prisons. So there means that many individuals will be seeking training or assistance in looking for work or opportunities to gain skills. Many of us find ourselves with ex offenders in our case loads. Yet we feel at a loss for how to help these individuals.
We will read a number of articles, look at a variety of tools and activities available to assist others, consider case studies, and discuss how to integrate all this into practice.
Contact Hours: 15 contact hours *NEW! CCE approved for GCDF
Course Fee: $360
Minimum of 5 participants to begin
*Note: Dr. Pritchard is updating this course as of December 2016. New dates will be coming.
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Each participant will be able to:
- Describe the major components of ex offender demographics
- Describe the major barriers that ex offenders face
- Identify & complete at least 1 assessment that could be used with this population.
- Define the key steps for job retention
- Describe 3 ways for assisting ex offenders with a job search
- Describe at least 5 different action steps an ex offender might take to overcome barriers
- Identify six resources available to help ex offenders be successful
- Describe differences in thinking and behavior to consider that might impact an ex offender’s success in re-entry and job retention
Week 1: Characteristics of Ex Offenders
Week 2: Assessment and the Ex Offender
Week 3: Understanding Barriers Ex Offenders Face
Week 4: The Intake or Transition Interview
Week 5: Job Readiness and Retention
- Website has a discussion board that will be used for online discussions. (Minimum of 10 discussions in the 5 week period)
- E-mail within the class will be used for communication.
- Reading of required articles and completion of activities, including case studies, research projects, and reflections.
- Additional articles and some videos are available on the website to supplement our discussions.
Assessment of Completion of Course
- Evaluation will be made of the quality of the discussion in the class. All participants will post in each forum
- Participants are expected to be active in the online exchange of information, perspectives, and experiences.
- Final paper due within two weeks of completion of class.
- All assignments must be completed on time.
- All participants must actively participate in the weekly discussions online.
- Technology requirements: Internet access, ability to read MSWord documents & Adobe PDF files, ability to view video (primarily using You Tube & QuickTime).
There will be resources and materials contained within each week for the seminar for study and reading.
- Payment in full is due at least one week prior to seminar beginning unless other arrangements have been made.
- Cancellations must be in writing, email is preferred.
- Cancellations less than 1 week before seminar begins will result in $50 fee. The remaining amount will be sent to you within 2 weeks from receipt of cancellation request.
- Cancellations once seminar begins – no refund.