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February 10, 2021

Making Changes: Cognitive Behavioral Interventions in Jails and Community Corrections

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) is a well-researched, evidence-based practice that can be effectively incorporated into treatment and programming plans for people who have been arrested or incarcerated or are on probation/parole. Several popular cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) modalities exist that address antisocial or criminal thinking for individuals in the criminal legal system. Many organizations working with individuals in the criminal legal system have integrated these CBT programs and/or other cognitive behavioral interventions (CBIs) into their treatment plans for individuals with substance use disorders.

Jails and community corrections settings provide different challenges to the implementation of CBT programs. For those exploring the implementation of these types of programs, learning from similar agencies who have successfully implemented is valuable. This webinar will feature presentations from jail and community corrections leaders describing the implementation of CBT programs in their organizations.

During this webinar, we:

  • Explain how jails and community corrections agencies use cognitive behavioral interventions to reduce recidivism.
  • Describe how CBIs that address criminal thinking are integrated with cognitive interventions that focus on substance use disorders.
  • Discuss how these agency programs and CBI practices were implemented and are monitored.
  • Answer questions from participants.


  • Rachel Brushett, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance
  • Levin Schwartz, M.S.W., LISCW, Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Clinical and Reentry Services, Franklin County (Massachusetts) Sheriff’s Office
  • David Fink, Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator, Washington County (Minnesota) Community Corrections
  • Michael Kane, M.A., Deputy Director, Crime and Justice Institute

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this presentation, click here.

To view the FAQ from this webinar, click here.

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