It’s All in Your Head! Using Cognitive Behavioral Strategies to Target Antisocial Thinking


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

It is no secret that the field of community supervision is experiencing significant change driven by justice reform and innovative practices. Much of this has resulted from recent research that emphasizes the importance of ensuring officers have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively supervise justice-involved individuals. One area of research has demonstrated that cognitive behavioral (CB) strategies that focus on changing antisocial thinking are effective tools to help individuals under supervision achieve positive outcomes. Therefore, this session aims to promote the professional development of staff by teaching participants how to use CB tools. Specifically, participants will learn how to apply a tool that can be used to help individuals identify, challenge, and positively replace high-risk thoughts that lead to trouble. Multiple practice opportunities will be provided throughout the session to help participants incorporate the tool into case planning and apply it during supervision contacts.


Myrinda Schweitzer Smith, PhD
Executive Director, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute

Myrinda Schweitzer Smith received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and is a Sr. Research Associate and Deputy Director at the Corrections Institute in the School of Criminal Justice at University of Cincinnati. Specific topics of research and service include a state-wide correctional treatment program evaluation, the development and implementation of cognitive-behavioral programs for general delinquency, criminality, substance abuse, employment, and sexual offending, as well as recent initiatives to implement effective practices for community supervision and support. Most recently, she is responsible for overseeing several federally funding research and service projects to improve the treatment of justice involved individuals in the community. She has co-authored several publications, presented nationally and internationally on correctional interventions, and served as a project director for over 300 correctional projects.

Stephanie Spiegel, M.S.
Jr Research Associate, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute