Course Description
This lesson on case planning describes how the corrections professional should go about developing a case plan for a client. The process draws from the most contemporary theories available, incorporating treatment principles rooted in evidence-based practices and delivered with a cognitive-behavioral approach. To gain the most benefit from this course, the student should have completed the courses titled “evidence-based practices” and “risk­–needs assessment” before beginning the case planning course.

Case planning will take the student through a process of clear steps, outlining the specific and required elements necessary for developing an effective plan designed to provide guidance, structure, accountability, and change in a client. Its delivery and monitoring also include specific requirements of the staff member. It is vital that treatment staff recognize that their attitude and approach to the client and the plan is just as critical as the client’s attitude.

 Learning Objectives

  • The student will learn the stages of change theory as a foundation to case planning.
  • The student will understand the purpose of a risk–needs assessment.
  • The student will learn how to develop a behavior contract.
  • The student will understand that case planning is a fluid process that requires the flexibility and continual involvement both of staff and the client.
  • The student will be able to identify the six nationally recognized criminogenic needs.
  • The student will understand the core elements of a case plan.
  • The student will know the five steps to problem-solving.