Helping clients develop behavioral paths to a life worth living is an often overlooked component when working with justice-involved adolescents and adults. Purposefully attending to the positive aspects of a client’s life can effectively enhance the working alliance, foster engagement, and facilitate goal-setting. Moreover, discussions that explore fundamental values and life priorities can serve as important anchor points to guide future prosocial choices and behaviors. This interactive half-day refresher is focused on increasing strengths-based skills for approaching justice-involved clients with a greater concern for their underlying competencies and valued life goals.
Course Learning Objectives:
1) Define and identify strengths and protective factors that are salient to justice-involved clients.
2) Become skilled at conversations that clarify clients’ values and life priorities to establish anchor points for guiding future behavioral choices.
3) Learn to strategically integrate strengths and values into case management in ways that counteract criminogenic risk.