Effective Evidence-Based Practices with
Evidence-based practice has been encouraged in a variety of treatment
settings—including correctional settings. It can be argued that evidence-based
treatment (EBT) is even more crucial in such settings due to the consequences
for not delivering effective treatments to offenders (e.g., increased
recidivism, violence, suicidality, mismanagement of taxpayer resources, etc.).
Despite this, many correctional facilities/systems do not put a premium on EBT,
do not insure proper training of staff in EBTs, and instead promote programs
that sound effective, but are not supported by research.
This seminar will explore mental illness in offenders and the role of mental
health professionals in correctional settings. Attendees will obtain up-to-date
knowledge of current best practices with regard to treatments and interventions
with offenders. Challenges of delivering EBT with this population, as well as
the rewards of doing so, will be identified. Course participants will discuss
how to present EBT programs to correctional management in order to promote the
use of effective strategies to reduce offenders' mental health symptoms and
improve mental health and correctional outcomes.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
• Analyze common psychological problems seen in
the correctional population, as well as strategies for targeting treatment
• Discuss the prevalence of mental illness in correctional populations and
articulate clear reasons for allocating treatment resources to this population
• Compare the features of multiple evidence-based treatments used with
correctional clients and how to adapt generally-used treatment modalities to
• Assess the challenges of working with special offender populations, such as
malingering, female offenders, the aging, those with health problems, and
non-English speaking offenders
• Identify characteristics and reasoning behind utilizing evidence-based
treatments with a correctional population
• Outline the principles of effective intervention with correctional clients
• Recognize common challenges in delivering evidence-based treatments in
• Describe methods of working with special offender populations using
• Outline a strategy with which to implement evidence-based treatments at your
facility, and how to present this to management
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
HEIDI ARDERN, PhD, is a licensed clinical
psychologist in Colorado with nine years of experience in correctional and
community mental health. Her research includes studies with juvenile sex
offenders, trauma and domestic violence against women, correctional officer
stress, and hostage negotiators. Clinically, Dr. Ardern has delivered treatment
and crisis interventions, as well as conducted assessments and forensic
evaluations in diverse correctional populations with the Colorado Department of
Corrections. Within correctional settings, she has improved collaboration
between mental health and correctional staff, adding treatment programs and
re-vamping behavioral management plans.
Dr. Ardern earned her Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in
clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association, APA Division 56
(Trauma Psychology), and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Outside of correctional mental health, Dr. Ardern has experience in health
psychology, neuropsychological testing, and teaching. Currently, she is a
psychologist in group practice in Longmont, Colorado, and is a lecturer with the
University of Colorado–Denver.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• Social Workers
• Substance Abuse Counselors
• Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
• Mental Health Nurses
• Case Managers
Cross Country Education provider #1005, is approved as a provider for social
work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Licensure Boards (ASWB),
through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program (an approved provider
since 1999, approved through 1-27-15). Cross Country Education maintains
responsibility for the program. Social workers will receive 6 continuing
education clock hours for participating in this course. Licensed social workers
should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review the current
continuing education requirements for licensure renewal. Visit ASWB's website at
www.aswb.org for more information.
This program has been submitted to the NASW-Louisiana Chapter for approval of 6
continuing education credits.
Cross Country Education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™)
and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.
(NBCC Provider #5904) The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the
program. Six (6) contact (clock) hours are being awarded for completion of this
Cross Country Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to
sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cross Country Education
maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program offers 6
CE credits for psychologists. Full attendance is required to receive credit for
psychologist, variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded based on
the APA guidelines.
Cross Country Education is accredited by the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing
education. Provider number: 060313. This program was planned in accordance with
AANP CE Standards and Policies and AANP Commercial Support Standards. This
course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on
This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa Board Of Nursing,
approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of Registered
Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by the Florida Board of Nursing,
provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification
for 6 clock hours of continuing education.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider by NAADAC Approved Education
Provider Program (Provider #369).This course is offered for 6 contact hours.
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required
by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
SEMINAR CLASS TIME:
Seminar Check-in: 7:30 AM Seminar Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM