Cognitive Restructuring to Address Criminogenic Needs


Monday, August 19, 2019
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

The workshop will begin with a review of the “Big Four” criminogenic factors that evidence has shown place justice-involved individuals at highest risk for recidivism. Applying the principle of risk-need-responsivity-fidelity to the services that justice-involved individuals receive allows for measurable and significant impacts to criminal attitudes and behavior patterns. Workshop participants will discuss how their agencies are applying this principle and addressing criminogenic needs. The workshop will then use a brief mock session format to present a promising new cognitive behavioral treatment called “Interventions” that targets criminogenic needs and has shown preliminary evidence of statistical improvement in criminal attitudes. Participants will learn to articulate the components of the behavior chain, to understand the strong role of risky cognition in illegal behavior, and to utilize a cognitive restructuring approach to support behavior change. The workshop will provide concrete tools to enhance participants’ work with the individuals on their caseloads.


Mary-Lynn Garrett, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, University of California-Berkeley Interventions Project

Mary-Lynn Garrett is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and lead trainer on the Interventions Project at the University of California Berkeley. She obtained her Master's in Social Work with Community Mental Health focus from UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare. She has two decades of experience working with adults with mental illness and severe medical and psycho-social needs in San Francisco. She makes use of her previous training in mental health treatment within the framework of the Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Core Curriculum (CBI-CC) designed by the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. She is certified as lead trainer of CBI-CC, provides training and consultation to the facilitators for the San Francisco site of the Interventions Project and coordinates all the groups delivered there. She also serves as the lead facilitator providing CBI-CC group sessions in San Francisco not only in community settings, but also the county jail. Ms. Garrett focuses her training and group facilitation to maintain strong alignment with the principle of risk-need-responsivity-fidelity and with primary focus on addressing criminogenic factors among the group participants.