SRJC Course Outlines

5/23/2024 2:36:38 PMAJ 71 Course Outline as of Fall 2000

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  AJ 71Title:  CORRECT.INTERVW/COUNS.  
Full Title:  Correctional Interviewing & Counseling
Last Reviewed:12/13/2021

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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This course is an overview of the techniques in counseling and interviewing available to practitioners in Corrections.  The student will learn the use of appropriate techniques and theories in confidence building which may be used by the correctional employee in client interviews and counseling.  A basic course for students planning to enter or already employed within the Correctional Science field.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introduction & overview of interviewing & counseling theory & techniques.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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  1.  Students will demonstrate ability to conduct directive and
     non-directive interviews.
 2.  Students will demonstrate working knowledge of the purposes of
     interviews and types of interviews used in various situations.
     In particular, students will demonstrate a working knowledge of
     presentence investigation, parole and probation revocation, and
     correctional supervision interviewing techniques.
 3.  Students will demonstrate working knowledge of the major counseling
     strategies used in correctional supervision, with special emphasis
     on those strategies used in drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and mental
     health counseling.
 4.  Students will be able to describe different safety strategies that
     can be used during correctional interviewing and counseling.
 5.  Students will be able to identify specific behaviors that constitute
     an aggressive behavior pattern, and will be able to identify
     effective diffusion techniques.
 6.  The student will be able to apply the principles of effective
     writing to preparing probation and parole reports, correspondence
     and interview records.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Orientation.
     a. Focus of study
     b. Assignments, testing and grading
     c. Attendance and class participation
     d. Student and instructor responsibilities and expectations
 2.  Introduction to interviewing
     a. Goals of interviewing
b. Establishing a rapport; principles for maintaining the proper
climate in interviewing; conveying interest
     c. Listening skills as an interviewing technique
     d. Communication barriers and overcoming them
     e. Information gathering
       f. Components of a good interview
       g. Taking notes
       h. Maintaining a non-judgmental attitude
 3.  Recording the Interview
     a. Note taking during the interview
     b. Visual versus invisible recording methods
     c. Legal aspects of recording interviews and counseling sessions
     d. Confidentiality of the report
e. The principles of effective writing with regard to the
preparation of correctional reports, correspondence, and records
 4.  Special Interviewing Considerations
     a. Legal considerations in interviewing
     b. Distinction between juvenile and adult interviewing
     c. Ethic, gender and cultural awareness
     d. Special needs
     e. Identifying behavioral clues that may save a life
f. Strategies to increase or improve safety in the interviewing and
counseling process
5. Contemporary Theories and Modalities
a. Techniques of individual, small and large group counseling
b. Basic theories of interviewing and counseling
c. Development of treatment plans and file review
d. Professional and ethical demeanor
6. Identification of Client Problem
a. Models of addiction
b. Explaining Addiction
c. General overview of drugs and drug abuse
d. Techniques for identifying and assessing substance abusers
e. Identification of mentally disordered individuals

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1.  Take comprehensive notes on lectures.
2.  Critically evaluate case studies.
3.  Demonstrate working knowledge of correctional interviewing by
     participation in interactive role playing exercises.
4.  Critically evaluate handout materials on interviewing techniques.
5.  Critically evaluate handout materials on counseling issues.
6.  Critically evaluate handout materials on substance abuse issues.
7.  Critically evaluate handout materials on mental health issues in
8.  Critically evaluate handout materials on safety issues in
     correctional interviewing and counseling.
9.  Demonstrate effective writing techniques by appropriately
     evaluating correctional written work samples.
10. Assess own strengths and weaknesses and preferred methods of
     interviewing and counseling.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 30%
Written homework, Correct & complete letters/reports; case materials
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Homework problems, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
30 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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1. Masters, Ruth E., Counseling Criminal Justice Offenders, Sage
Publications, Inc., 1994.
2. Walsh, Anthony, Ph.D., Correctional Assessment, Casework & Counseling,
American Correctional Association, 2ND Ed., 1997.
3. Harris, George A., Ph.D., Tough Customers: Counseling Unwilling
Clients, American Correctional Association,1991.
4. Lester, David, Michael Braswell and Patricia VanVoorhis, Correctional
Counseling, 2nd Edition, American Correctional Association, 1992.
5. Read, Edward M., Partners in Change: The 12-Step Referral Handbook for
Probation, Parole and Community Corrections, LCSW,NCAC II, Hazelden
Foundation and American Correctional Association, 1996.
6. Harris, George A., David Waktinks, Counseling the Involuntary and
Resistant Client, 1987.

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