Intensive Session: But What Can I Do to Change Behavior in 20 Minutes? Using Graduated Responses in Community Corrections


Sunday, August 18, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session Type: Intensive

Increasingly, criminal and juvenile justice supervision organizations are recognizing the importance of giving staff tools to respond to client behavior in a graduated manner, incorporating both sanctions and incentives, to support behavior change and reduce recidivism. With large caseloads, supervision staff are often stretched for time and struggle to find ways to incorporate graduated responses in an effective and efficient way. This interactive workshop, based on the Principles of Effective Intervention and Core Correctional Practices, will teach community corrections staff how to effectively use graduated responses with the individuals they supervise. The skills taught in this workshop, including developing rapport, talking about incentives and sanctions, and responding to behaviors, aim to build on the strengths of community corrections staff to influence prosocial behavior change and address behaviors quickly and appropriately.


Erin Allain
Policy Specialist, Crime and Justice Institute

Erin Allain brings experience in research and teaching on the criminal justice system. At CJI, Erin works on the NIC Transition from Jail to Community Initiative and the training team. Erin previously worked with victim advocacy programs in addition to being a Program Monitor at CRJ’s McGrath House in Boston. More recently, she assisted with research projects at UMass Boston. Erin is currently a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at UMass Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Crime and Justice Studies from UMass Dartmouth and a Master of Science in Crime and Justice Studies from Suffolk University.

Jennifer Christie
Senior Trainer and Policy Specialist, Crime and Justice Institute

Jen Christie has more than 15 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice, with a focus on education, training, and research. Jen leads training and implementation efforts at CJI. Jen has taught and trained students, researchers, and criminal justice staff on policing, corrections, evidence-based practices, trafficking, and theoretical criminology and sociology. She holds a BA in Sociology from Kansas State University, a BA Honors in Criminology and MCrim from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and completed the course work and qualifying exams for a Ph.D. at Northeastern University.