102151: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment

A Review and Discussion for Corrections Professionals

About the Course:

This course offers an in-depth explanation of what Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is and how it is being implemented in prisons and jails across the country. It explores the history and philosophies underlying CBT and discusses several promising CBT treatment programs in depth. This course will provide beneficial information that professionals can use to assist correctional clients struggling with mental illness or drug addiction or simply lacking appropriate social skills.


U.S. Department of Justice: National Institute of Corrections

Publication Date:

May 2007


Harvey Milkman, Ph.D. & Kenneth Wanberg, Th.D., Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care providers, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the use of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment a correctional population. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in detail. Including the history, background, rationale, and principles of CBT, as well as the counselor’s role in a correctional setting.

  2. Describe the 6 prominent highlighted CBT programs for offenders, and describe the process of evaluating the effectiveness of programming.

  3. Discuss real-world program applications and recommended strategies to improve treatment outcomes.

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