Courses for Postgraduate Degree Specialization Certificate in Corrections

Evidence-Based Practice in Corrections (CORR 810)

This course explores the theoretical and empirical basis of criminal behavior.  This knowledge will then be considered with respect to the prediction of criminal behavior, classification of offenders for purposes of treatment and interventions and finally effective interventions with offender populations.  

Law and Policy in Corrections (CORR 820)

This course aims to expose the participant to statutes, acts, and legislations that govern corrections, including those governing information sharing and services.  Next, policies governing the management of correctional clientele, including roles and responsibilities, are reviewed.  Legal and policy aspects are each considered from an effective correctional intervention perspective.

Essential Elements of Forensic and Correctional Assessment (CORR 830)

This course provides content learning and supervised field experience in general psychological and specific forensic assessment as they are applied to offender populations.  Risk and criminogenic needs assessment pertaining to the risk for general and specific criminal recidivism will be examined, as will the delineation of offender-specific treatment targets for intervention.

Incorporating Effective Correctional Principles and Practices into Case Management (CORR 840)

This course will examine the development of the case management of offenders from social service models of the late 1960’s to the present day practice of incorporating the Risk, Need, Responsivity principles and linking assessment with case management. Important concepts of assessment, risk management, and rehabilitation will be explored.

Evidence-Based Intervention with Criminal Offenders (CORR 850)

This course will cover topics related to effective correctional intervention with institutional and community-based correctional clients, including aspects of offender screening and classification, a review of general evidence-based treatment approaches with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral modalities, and an examination of their application to specific offender criminogenic needs.

Research and Evaluation of Effective Correctional Treatment Principles, Practices and Interventions (CORR 860)

This course explores the evaluation literature on correctional treatment and the research designs and methodologies that are used to undertake these evaluations in large organizational structures. A primary objective will be to examine the research and development of the Correctional Programs Assessment Inventory (CPAI) and its use to evaluate correctional programs. 

Achieving Program Integrity, Quality Assurance, and Outcomes Through Clinical Supervision (CORR 870)

This course will examine the role of clinical supervision for assessment and case management in the development of effective correctional treatment service delivery systems. This will include the importance of professional and ethical standards for practice and how this is achieved through policy and developing formal mechanisms to evaluate performance.