The Paragon Group can assist your agency with assessment and evaluation of both the clients you serve and the programs you implement.
We have the capacity to train your staff in a variety of client assessments, ranging from the Level of Service Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) to various desistance-based change scales, such as the Dynamic Risk Assessment for Offender Reentry (DRAOR) or the Structured Dynamic Assessment Case management (SDAC-21) tools.
Our team has expertise in the use of mixed method research, allowing us to offer utilization focused evaluation to ensure program fidelity.
The field of Corrections has been moving toward an evidence-based model for years. Yet many professionals may not fully appreciate the evolution of evidence-based practices or have an appreciation of where the next frontier of EBP will take us. Namely, to the study of desistance from crime. Many human service professionals, from social workers, to legal professionals to mental health professionals and even educators, may have only a loose understanding of Evidence-Based Practices in use today in the field of corrections. To fully understand and appreciate the theories that will be presented, participants will first be exposed to an array of criminological theories, which have to this point culminated in the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model of offender supervision. The R-N-R model of supervision is utilized in the vast majority of correctional agencies around the world. It is indeed considered the gold standard of client reintegration. Yet, it is not without its detractors. Critics note that because by its very nature, it is a risk aversion model. That is, practitioners are taught to detect and address client risk factors in order to facilitate client change. It is therefore viewed by some as a deficit-based approach to change.
Mr. Arvidson can craft anywhere from a 90 minute to a full day training event for your agency to learn more as to the emerging theories of desistance and where they fit with our current R-N-R model.
If you wish to move your agency beyond the RNR model, and infuse the emerging desistance models into your future practices, the Paragon Group can assist in this endeavor. We can educate, train and build a model of supervision which will build on your existing practices and merge them with the strength based theories of desistance.
Joe Arvidson is a dynamic and engaging Professor and Expert Presenter, providing key strategies based on research and practical application that resonates with human service professionals. His delivery style is that of focusing on the audience's needs, using a variety of techniques for audience engagement and connectivity, real-world, actionable tactics, and out-of-the-box thinking strategies. Joe is a genuine leader and change agent.
I have known Joe over the past few years corresponding with him over the importance of the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model of offender assessment and treatment. During our discussions he has shown clarity and enthusiasm in his approach to RNR. More recently, Joe has completed certification as an LS/CMI Master Trainer. This is a rigorous process involving writing both a theory and knowledge test and submitting videos of his training of the LS/CMI. Joe performs at a very high level of expertise.
Joe brings energy, passion, and a second-to-none correctional understanding to every room he enters. Very few individuals can match Joe's evidence-based professional understanding. I can trust that Joe is always willing to talk through anything. While others get caught up in being "right", Joe prefers to be informed. As a kindred-spirit, I greatly appreciate this type of approach; especially when it comes to providing peers, clients, families, and the community with the best possible outcomes. Joe is one of the elite!
Joe is an exceptional trainer on Evidence Based Practices. He recently facilitated a 90 minute presentation on Desistance from Crime Theories to RS EDEN Corrections Leadership team. An excellent training providing us additional Evidence Based tools to use when working with our clients. I highly recommend Joe for any of your training needs.