Case Planning Elevate Your Probation Supervision Strategies

Case Planning Elevate Your Probation Supervision Strategies
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-05-21
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Probation’s goal is to make effective changes and lasting impact on the rehabilitation journey within the criminal justice system. This session goes into the art and science of case planning to develop individualized case plans for probationers utilizing evidence-based strategies to foster successful supervision and rehabilitation outcomes.

Leading this important conversation is Sarah Douthit. Sarah is the Chief Probation Officer at the Coconino County Adult Probation Department and is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Probation Executives. She’s served in Arizona’s adult parole and probation and its Supreme Court.

Specifics she discussed on the webinar include:

  • Reflecting on our vision of the best life and applying a similar approach to crafting personalized case plans for probation clients.
  • How case plans serve as road maps that focus on the client’s strengths and behaviors to reduce risk.
  • How clarifying roles, setting mutual expectations, and linking assessment findings to actionable goals are critical in effective case planning.
  • The Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) model that tailors interventions to individual needs, addressing criminogenic factors to reduce recidivism.
  • A look into the risk factors to work on – particularly the Big Four that are critical to address.
  • The unique drivers that individuals may possess propelling them to re-offend or participate in negative behaviors, how they manifest, what influences them, and the respective interventions for each type.
    • Inherent drivers such as antisocial cognition/thinking and personality patterns.
    • Relationship-based drivers as friends, family, and partners.
    • Activity-related drivers that look into pro-social leisure activities and substance abuse.
    • Social and economic considerations that look into the individual’s education, employment, and housing.
  • Behavioral analysis: How it helps clients identify triggers, patterns, and goals towards problem-solving, empowers them to take responsibility for their actions, and reduces the mental burden on probation officers.
  • The value in tailoring strategies to the clients’ stages of change to affect effective intervention and foster willingness to change.
  • Utilizing motivational enhancement strategies for clients not yet ready to change and skill-building techniques for those showing motivation.
  • Leveraging SMART goals to provide clients with a clear, structured approach to desired outcomes through specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound objectives.
  • Taking a person-centered approach to supervision where the client is in charge of the changes to get them out of the criminal justice system.
  • Employing personalized and non-punitive incentives to serve as motivators to encourage positive behavior and progress.
  • How effective case planning synthesizes assessment data, applies tailored strategies and interventions based on unique challenges and risks, and enhances communication to build trust and address resistance.
  • The need for continued training in Core Correctional Practices, Motivational Interviewing, and EPICS-II to enhance case planning and client outcomes.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Effective training programs and screening tools.
  • Building rapport for sensitive disclosures.
  • Questions for pre-contemplation stage.
  • Compatibility of assessments with different case planning practices.
  • Managing large caseloads.
  • Changing perceptions in probation work and overcoming the “hug-a-thug” stigma
  • Dealing with negative family influences.


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Audience Comments

  • “The empowering approach seems very effective, in helping our clients discover their behavior rather than the behaviors being pointed out. Which in turn could motivate them to redirect their tendencies towards a more constructive habit.”
  • “Great webinar and great information, I would love it if this could be expanded so Sarah can go more in-depth about each subject she talks about.”
  • “Sarah did an amazing job going through so much information in a timely manner. Great refresher course!”
  • “I really appreciated the strength-based approach and being person-centered.  I will certainly utilize several of Sarah’s techniques in next year’s training. Excellent training!”
  • “This was really good information. Thank you so much.”
  • “Excellent training! Incorporating Motivational Interviewing into probation supervision techniques was very informative. Thank you!”


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