Special Session 1:

Monday, January 23, 2023

1:30 - 4:30p

Women's Symposium

Cognitive-behavior methods have become a proven mode in correctional programming.

Decision Points is a short-term cognitive-behavior intervention built on evidence-based principles and designed for delivery with youth and adult populations. Decision Points is structured to accommodate open-entry and exit from the program maximizing program utility and effect. It is a great fit for short-term or community-based implementation.

The workshop will provide an overview of Decision Points. Grounded in the principle of the “Strategy of Choices”, Decision Points equips participants with alternative ways to examine their thinking and the actions that lead them into trouble.

Workshop participants will be introduced to the underlying cognitive-behavioral principles from which the program is structured and review core program content. The workshop will focus on how Decision Points can be facilitated utilizing an open entry/exit design.


Juliana Taymans
Decision Points, co-author

Juliana Taymans is a professor emeritus at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Juliana has been a consultant with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) since 1991 developing training and curricula on cognitive-behavioral interventions. Juliana has authored/co-authored the following programs used in corrections: Problem Solving Skills in Action, Thinking for a Change, Communicating for Change: Line Staff Management of Youthful Offenders through Active Communication, The Domestic Violence Education Program, and Decision Points.

Dionne Addison
Program Administrator Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Dionne Addison has over twenty-eight years of experience in corrections. Currently, she serves in the position of Program Administrator for the Quality Assurance/ EBP/ Grant section in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  She is responsible for continuous quality improvement and quality assurance for evidence-based practices and serves as grant administrator for various BJA grants.  Dionne is a certified trainer in Decision Points as well as other EBP curriculum utilized at ODRC.

Tiphanie Polinori
Parole Officer, Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

Tiphanie Polinori has over 10 years of experience in corrections.  Currently, she serves in the position of Parole Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing high-risk individuals released from prison and assisting in their transition back into society. Tiphanie is certified in Thinking for a Change and Decision Points, Motivational Interviewing and Core Correctional Practices. She has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Applied Science.



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