OCC Training

The Office of Community Corrections offers numerous training opportunities for Criminal Justice professionals in a variety of formats, including:

  • Online, on-demand, and self-paced training
  • Regularly scheduled in-classroom trainings and conferences
  • And training by request for your agency.

NOTE: Many of these courses require registration via the State Learning Management System. If you are a NEW user, you must create a new STUDENT ACCOUNT and follow the prompts before you can register for a class.

In Person Classroom

NEW! ONSITE CLASSROOM OPTION: Case Planning and Progression Matrix

FORMAT: Instructor-led Training

DATES:  November 30 and December 1, 2021

TIME: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

LOCATION:  710 Kipling 2nd Floor Conference Room, Lakewood CO  

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is designed for IMPACT staff who are or will be conducting or following up on case planning activities. 

PREREQUISITE: SOAR (Standardized Offender Assessment - Revised) Basic Training

REGISTER:  Register Now   

External (Anyone outside of CDPS) -  Login to DCJ External Training Portal and search for "OCC Case Planning and Progression Matrix"

Internal (CDPS employees) - Login to Saba and search for "OCC Case Planning and Progression Matrix"

DESCRIPTION: Trainees will review and practice using person-centered interviewing skills and giving normative feedback to clients. They will learn the foundational principles of the Progression Matrix, which include the top 8 criminogenic needs, the S.M.A.R.T. method of case planning, and a review of the Eight Guiding Principles for Effective Interventions. We will focus on collaborating with the client to develop individualized case plans that prioritize criminogenic needs, address the client's stage of change and other responsibility factors.

Online and On-Demand

Why Implementation Science Training?

FORMAT: Online and On-Demand

LENGTH: Self-paced (<10 minutes) 

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is open to all Community Corrections professionals including, but not limited to, victim advocates, treatment providers, and probation.

REGISTER:

New to SABA? Set Up New Account to Register    

Have an existing SABA account? Take the Course Now    

DESCRIPTION: In this short course, learners will explore a familiar scenario with the goal of gaining a basic understanding of implementation science and how it can help us successfully execute a plan.

For more information, please contact  Scott Kirton at 720-682-3730 or via e-mail at scott.kirton@state.co.us.

Evidence-Based Practices 101

FORMAT: Online and On-Demand

LENGTH: 1 hour

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: Designed for staff who are looking for an introduction to Evidenced-Based Practices in Community Corrections or those who are seeking a refresher on this information.

REGISTER:
External Training Portal        
Internal Training Portal - CDPS Employees       

DESCRIPTION: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a significant trend throughout all human services that emphasize outcomes. Interventions within community corrections are considered effective when they reduce client risk and recidivism and therefore make a positive long-term contribution to public safety. This EBP training module presents the body of research that briefly describes contemporary correctional assessment, programming and supervision strategies that lead to improved client outcomes

Risk-Need-Responsivity Principles

FORMAT: Online and On-Demand

LENGTH: Self-paced (approximately 30 - 45 minutes) 

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is open to all Community Corrections professionals including, but not limited to, victim advocates, treatment providers, and probation.

REGISTER:

New to SABA? Set Up New Account and Register 

Have an existing SABA account? Take the Class Now    

DESCRIPTION: This module on risk, need, and responsivity (RNR) is the first online training in the Office of Community Corrections’ Foundational Training series on Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections. It will cover the fundamentals of these principles and introduce their role in the Colorado Community Corrections system.

For more information, please contact  Liz Craig at 720-633-3811 or via e-mail at liz.craig@state.co.us

Interpersonal Skills

The Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Community Corrections is offering online training for all community corrections staff. After completing this 1-hour module, staff will be able to understand the importance of firm, fair and caring relationships with community corrections clients in creating an environment for success and achievement.

New to SABA? Set Up a New Account to Register    

Internal CDPS Staff Internal Training Portal - CDPS Employees Only   

Skill Training with Directed Practice

FORMAT: Online and On-Demand

LENGTH: 1 hour

OFFERED BY: Office of Community Corrections

COST: Free

REGISTER:

External Training Portal 

Internal Training Portal 

DESCRIPTION: This online foundations course provides Community Corrections staff with the knowledge to teach clients new ways of thinking and responding to risky thoughts and situations. Skill training is an evidence-based practice and is one tool in helping to reduce client recidivism.

Self-Paced

Sex Offender Management Board Standards Training - Community Corrections Staff ONLY

AUDIENCE: Community Corrections staff ONLY (not intended for SOMB providers)

FORMAT: Self-Paced Online

LENGTH: 3 hours

OFFERED BY: Office of Community Corrections

COST: Free

DESCRIPTION: This training will offer participants the opportunity to learn information regarding the function, purview, and history of the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) and an overview of the Adult Standards and Guidelines. It will also offer resources, guidelines, and tools provided within the Standards, and by the Board, to assist in the effective supervision of these offenders within the community. Participants will gain knowledge in the use and application of the Adult Standards for the supervision of sex offenders within the community using a detailed PowerPoint and group-based discussions. An opportunity for Q & A will be available as well.

Click below to access the materials from the class held Monday, April 6, 2020:

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lydia Popovski 720-636-3469 or via e-mail at lydia.popovski@state.co.us.

Virtual Instructor Led Training

Standardized Offender Assessment Revised (SOA-R) Basic Training

FORMAT: Virtual Instructor-led Training

LENGTH: 2 Days

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: State Probation Departments, Community Corrections Programs, Jail-based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS), and Department of Corrections (including Parole)

REGISTER: 

External Training Portal    

If you are new to SABA, please contact Liz Craig at 720-633-3811 or liz.craig@state.co.us prior to registering.

Internal Training Portal    

Effective Client Interactions

The Division of Criminal Justice’s Office of Community Corrections is offering an online training for all community corrections IMPACT (Individualized Mentoring, Planning and Community Transition) staff on the importance of deliberate client interactions and communication techniques aimed at creating partnership and demonstrating empathy.

This 90-minute session provides:

  • Definitions of the Partnership and Empathy and how these motivational practices can be used,
  • Group discussion, 
  • Video demonstration, and 
  • Opportunities to explore and comment on recommended practices.

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Recorded Videos

Overview of the OCC Measurement Process

(6 min 5 sec) To learn more contact Chrystal Owin.

Complaint Process

Community Corrections Progression Matrix

(24 min 14 sec) To learn more contact Chrystal Owin.

Check Back Later for These Classes

BSMART (Behavioral Shaping Model And Reinforcement Tool)

FORMAT: Classroom

LENGTH: 8 hours

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is open to all community corrections professionals including, but not limited to, victim advocates, treatment providers, and probation

DESCRIPTION: This one-day training is designed for all community corrections staff that are working with clients on the Behavioral Shaping Model and Reinforcement Tool (BSMART). Staff members will learn the foundational principles for effectively utilizing evidence-based sanctions when addressing problematic behavior while incorporating an evidence-based contingency management system to reward clients when positive behavior change occurs. Trainees will learn how to target interventions in order to address criminogenic need areas. This course is only applicable to staff members that are involved with the BSMART implementation process.

Behavioral Interventions

FORMAT: Online

LENGTH: 3 hours

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is open to all community corrections case management and security staff working with clients on the Behavioral Shaping Model and Reinforcement Tool (BSMART).

PREREQUISITE: BSMART 101 is recommended prior to enrolling in this course.

DESCRIPTION: This training gives a basic overview of the Behavioral Intervention process and framework while allowing participants to practice their learned interpersonal communications skills when addressing problematic behaviors or issues with clients. This course is only applicable to staff members that are involved with the BSMART implementation process.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Training

FORMAT: Classroom

LENGTH: One Full Day

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: Designed for Community Corrections stakeholders (program staff, board staff, & members) who will be involved with PREA investigations.

DESCRIPTION: This PREA training will include: an overview of PREA standards, including the investigative process; interviewing information tailored to the community corrections setting; first responder duties and evidence collection; investigation and substantiating sexual harassment claims; legal liability; report writing; and LGBTQI+ issues and how they pertain to PREA.

Progression Matrix Coaches' Training

FORMAT: Classroom

LENGTH: 2 Days

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: This training is intended for Community Corrections case managers and supervisors who have been selected by their program to be Progression Matrix Coaches.

PREREQUISITE: Coaches must have attended the two-day Progression Matrix Case Manager Training prior to registering for this training.

DESCRIPTION: Trainees will review the foundational principles of the Progression Matrix which include a review of the Eight Guiding Principles for Effective Interventions, the top 8 criminogenic needs, and the S.M.A.R.T. method of case planning. Trainees will learn about the Coaching and Fidelity Checklist and will practice how to review case plans. Trainees will also learn coaching fundamentals and will practice how to provide coaching and feedback on Progression Matrix case plans.

Sex Offender Management in Community Corrections

FORMAT: Classroom

LENGTH: 3 Days (Must attend all 3 days to receive certificate)

COST: $75

AUDIENCE: This training is open to all case managers, supervisors, clinical staff, and program administrators for community corrections programs that supervise sex offenders; community corrections board members, and board staff who accept sex offenders; and programs and boards that are considering the possibility of sex offender management.

DESCRIPTION: The class provides knowledge and skills to assist in the safe and effective management of sex offenders in community corrections. Participants gain information and skills-practice regarding state standards and best practices in sex offender management. The training covers a range of topics as described in the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment, and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sex Offenders.


MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lydia Popovski 720-636-3469 or via e-mail at lydia.popovski@state.co.us.

Standardized Offender Assessment Revised (SOA-R) Advanced Training

FORMAT: Classroom

LENGTH: 8 hours

COST: Free

AUDIENCE: State Probation Departments, Community Corrections Programs, Jail-based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS), Department of Corrections (incl. Parole and TASC)

PREREQUISITE: Must have completed 2-day SOA-R basic training and have administered the SOA-R process to offenders for a minimum of three months.

REGISTER: Check back later for dates and to register

DESCRIPTION: Advanced Training is required for all community corrections case management and clinical staff in order to complete their SOA-R training certification. The course is required three months after successful completion of the formal SOA-R training. After staff have been formally trained on the SOA-R process, and have practical experience with the SOA-R instruments and process, they will return for one more day of advanced training. Trainees will learn an advanced application of the SOA-R process. Emphasis will be placed on several case studies in order to provide a deeper and broader application of the SOA-R process as well as case planning. Staff will not be considered to have completed the SOA-R training until they have successfully completed an Advanced Training course.

For more information, please contact Liz Craig at 720-633-3811 or liz.craig@state.co.us.