Recruitment Of A Cognitive Self Change Program

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In regards to this particular probationer I would incorporate a number of tactics to help the offender want to enroll in a cognitive self-change program. First, I want to address the principle of specific responsivity. According to Latessa, Listwan, & Kotrzle (2014), it is tremendously important for the probation officer to tailor their approach based on the characteristics that their particular offender possesses. In doing so, I would first look at this probationers history, I know that he has mental health issues, is 39 years old, Hispanic, is low intelligence, as well as having a violent and traumatic life and criminal history. This probationer may not be responsive to certain kinds of treatment approaches and this can stem from a myriad of his personal characteristics. In our first session I would want to talk and establish rapport as well as a strong working relationship where this offender knows that I am empathetic, genuine, and am here to help (Clark, Gingerich, Meltzer, & Walters, n.d.). After this initial discussion I would want to determine what stage of change this offender is in, I can then base my approach from this. I have determined that this offender is in the pre-contemplation stage due to his statements that he has tried everything and nothing seems to work, so why will any other program (Latessa et al., 2014). Hopefully after numerous sessions we can move through the five stages and get this offender to the fourth and fifth stages of change. Also, I need to develop an approach that is tailored to his cognitive ability. Since he is of lower intelligence as well as suffers from mental health issues I will use this to make sure when we have our next sessions he is not confused or feels I am speaking down to ... ... middle of paper ... ...r is going to enroll in the cognitive self-change program in an individualized course to better suit his needs. In this appointment I want to ask him, “How are you going to make sure you complete the program?” I would then think he would respond by saying, “I will make sure to not fall behind by being scared to ask for help, also I will think of my daughter.” Finally, I will ask, “What do you see your life looking like when you complete the program?” I want him to know I have complete confidence in him and that even though I am his probation officer I have a dual role of being there for him as well (Clark et al., n.d.). The final response from this probationer might be, “I see a life with my daughter, and I see that I have a desire to be a good person for myself as well as for her, and I will continue to be positive and change my behavior to suit this new lifestyle!”

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