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Assessment of Trauma and Risk, Need, Responsivity Principles

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CE Credits: 1.5 Credits
Length: 1.5 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: GIFR Membership Exclusive
Intended Audience: GIFR Membership Exclusive

The field of criminal justice risk/needs assessment and treatment continues to evolve with new research leading the way to new horizons. Trauma and trauma-informed assessment and treatment have continued to evolve in the criminal justice field as more and more research links trauma exposure and involvement with the criminal justice system. Research by Allely and Allely (2020) found that approximately75% of incarcerated adults report histories of trauma exposure. For adolescent, Baglivio (2021) cited that 70% of committed youth reported some prior trauma episodes. Given these high figures, the assessment of trauma exposure and criminal-justice involved individuals is critical to evaluation and case management planning. This webinar will describe the intersection of trauma and Risk, Need, Responsivity (RNR) Principles. At this time, trauma is considered a Responsivity factor in RNR and trauma likely affects Risk and Need factors also. Depending on the assessment findings, trauma sequelae may need to be the initial focus of any treatment, given that individuals with trauma histories have to feel “safe” before any subsequent treatment is conducted. The webinar will discuss the use of current validated risk/needs assessments to screen for trauma. The Adverse Child Experiences (ACES) questionnaire will be presented as a tool to further assess trauma. Case Management planning for individuals who are assessed as having the presence of traumatic experiences will also be described. Trauma-based curriculums that treat adolescent and adult male and female criminal justice populations will be discussed.
Presenter Biographies
Dr. Ralph Fretz is a Licensed Psychologist who has been working in the mental health field since 1982. Dr. Fretz specializes in a variety of forensic evaluations and clinical treatments including trauma assessments and trauma-informed treatment. Dr. Fretz is licensed as a Psychologist in Florida and New Jersey. He is Board-Certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology in Couple and Family Psychology. Dr, Fretz is a Master Trainer for the Level of Service instruments. He has been trained in the Risk, Need, Responsivity Principles by Dr. James Bonta and the late Dr. Don Andrews. Dr. Fretz, an industry expert, has worked with a variety of trauma-informed programs. Dr. Fretz treated first responders who worked at the World Trade Center, post 9/11.
Learning Objectives
At the end of this training, participants will be able to…
    • Identify how trauma assessment and Risk, Need, Responsivity Principles intersect
    • Describe tools that assess trauma in criminal justice populations
    • Develop a case management plan that includes trauma-informed services and curriculums

1 Sponsorship: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc is approved by the American Psychological Association, National Board of Certified Counselors, National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, and Canadian Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education trainings. The American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts Continuing Education Credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc (provider #1371) is also approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACE provider approval period: 6/8/2022-6/8/2025. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
2 Refund/Cancellation Policy: If you wish to request a refund on account of technical difficulties, please contact [email protected].
3 Commercial Supports: The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc reports no conflicts of interest in the development and sponsorship of this training. The Global Institute of Forensic Research, Inc receives no commercial support for its Continuing Education programs or from its presenters.

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