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Part I in our five-part series, “Practice Models 101″ . . .

What is a practice model anyway, and why would I want to use one?

A practice model serves as a conceptual framework or map to define success for a professional, a profession, or an organization.

Criminal justice professionals can use a practice model to institute a new way of interacting with clients “that more closely mimics how people naturally change, one step and one interaction at a time.”(Bogue, 2011)

What sets practice models apart from other organizational development techniques?

Practice models go beyond typical “mission” and “vision” statements by defining the values, principles, strategies, steps, and tools to be used in achieving desired outcomes.

Who uses practice models?

Practice models are emerging among professionals in the fields of human services, counseling, criminal justice/corrections, and medical services.

Components:

A practice model for criminal justice/corrections has four key components, along with corresponding implementation techniques:

  1. Engagement/Relationship Building (Role Clarification/Motivational Interviewing)
  2. On-going Assessment (Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles)
  3. Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching (for example, the IBIS, STICS, STAR, and COMBINES programs)
  4. Change Planning/Case Planning (SMART Planning)

All of the above components “are best understood and executed as on-going and re-occurring processes rather than discreet events,” according to J-SAT Director Bradford M. Bogue.

Click Practice-Model to read the full “Practice Model” article.

Continue reading HERE about the first component: Engagement/Relationship Building.

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