Applying the RNR Model to Community Supervision: The Case of STICS

Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET

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Description: The Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) model guides many correctional organizations in policy formulation and delivery of offender rehabilitation programs. Many practitioners, researchers, and policymakers are familiar with the model but struggle to put it into practice in the real world. Until recently, the RNR principles have not been applied in the one-on-one supervision of persons under community supervision. In fact, studies examining what probation and parole officers do with their clients show poor adherence to RNR. The Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS) is a training model developed to assist probation and parole officers in following the RNR model during supervision more closely.

During this webinar, Dr. Bonta will touch on findings that reveal a lack of effectiveness of community supervision and its relationship to reducing offender recidivism. In addition, Dr Bonta will discuss the various evaluations of STICS and similar training programs together with a large-scale implementation of STICS in providing useful lessons on improving the effectiveness of community supervision and improving community safety.

Jim Bonta received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1979. Upon graduating, Dr. Bonta became the Chief Psychologist at a maximum-security detention centre for adults and young offenders where he established the only full-time psychology department in a jail setting in Canada. In 1990 Dr. Bonta joined Public Safety Canada (PSC) where he was Director of Corrections Research until his retirement in 2015. While at PSC, he co-developed with other researchers at PSC the Strategic Training Initiative in Community Supervision (STICS).

Dr. Bonta has published extensively in the areas of offender rehabilitation and risk assessment. His latest publications include the text co-authored with the late D. A. Andrews entitled The Psychology of Criminal Conduct now in its sixth edition (with translations in French, Japanese, and Taiwanese). He is also a co-author of the Level of Service offender risk-need classification instruments which have been translated into seven languages and are used by correctional systems throughout the world.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to…

  • Identify the RNR principles
  • Describe the STICS training model
  • Summarize the results of the evaluations of STICS
  • Discuss the implications of STICS to improving community supervision

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