Evidence-based practices are a set of practices, principles, and treatments that improve outcomes and reduce recidivism among persons in the justice system. This introductory training explores foundational concepts underlying core correctional practices and effective interventions. By taking this training, you will gain a better understanding of how evidence-based practices are developed, how staff attitudes and beliefs can influence such practices, and how to assess which techniques line staff can learn to facilitate changes at the individual, group, and environmental levels.
Faye S. Taxman, Ph.D. is a University Professor in the Criminology, Law and Society Department and Director of the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence at George Mason University. Dr. Taxman is recognized for her work in the development of the seamless systems of care models that link the criminal justice with other service delivery systems as well as reengineering probation and parole supervision services, and organizational change models. Her work covers the breadth of the correctional system from jails and prisons to community corrections and adult and juvenile offenders, including all types of interventions and system improvement factors. She has had numerous grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Bureau of Justice Assistance. Dr. Taxman has published over 125 articles and is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, and Journal of Offender Rehabilitation.
This training is designed to help you:
- List the components of core correctional practices
- Identify how to establish a practice or policy as evidence-based
- Understand how staff attitudes and beliefs can influence evidence-based practices
- Assess what techniques facilitate changes at the individual, group, and environmental level