Building A New Change: Core Correctional Practices and Motivational Interviewing at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This session will review ODRC's implementation of Motivational Interviewing and Core Correctional Practices. ODRC'S new Motivational Interviewing Training Track builds staff competency in effecting offender change and includes built in coaching. The second part of this training, Core Correctional Practices increases staff competency in Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, including Effective Disapproval, Authority, Reinforcement, Cognitive Restructuring and Problem Solving. The session will include discussion about how MI's intrinsic change approach and CCP's extrinsic approach complement each other.


Jason Nespeca
Regional Administrator, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

R. Jason Nespeca is currently a Regional Administrator in The Akron Region of The Adult Parole Authority. He was a Parole Officer from 2004, until becoming a supervisor in 2012. He was recently promoted to the position of Regional Administrator in August of 2022. Previously, he worked as a Case Manager and Probation Officer with the Community Corrections Association. He has participated in MI training since 2011. He received his B.A in Applied Science from Youngstown State University in 2001.

Jacob Popp
Parole Officer, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Jacob Popp is a Parole Officer. He has been with ODRC for four years. Previously, Jacob worked for Montgomery County Adult Probation and Montgomery County Juvenile probation, where he served as a Motivational Interviewing instructor. He graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Taylor Vonderhaar
Program Administrator, OH Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Taylor Vonderhaar is a Parole Program Specialist working closely with DRC and APA staff to build knowledge regarding evidence-based practices. Taylor is a Core Correctional Practices master trainer and is a trainer in the ORAS, Thinking for A Change, Decision Points, Anger Control, Advanced Practices, Structured Skills, and Motivation curricula. She is passionate about staff development and working to ensure that front line staff have the necessary tools to influence behavior change in justice-involved populations.