May 12, 2021
Presented by Rhonda Higgins, PsyD
The purpose of this training is to introduce treatment providers to the Justice Involved Mental Health (JIMH) population, specifically parolees, and how to provide effective treatment. It is our responsibility to keep the community safe with two primary goals in mind: reduce psychiatric hospitalizations and combat recidivism. There are several aspects regarding treatment provision for parolees to successfully accomplish these goals. The experience of incarceration is traumatic, as such our initial focus will center upon engaging and establishing rapport with parolees through a trauma-informed lens. Adjusting to the community is another barrier that will need to be addressed when providing outpatient services. This training will demonstrate several factors to consider when reintegrating parolees into the community to ensure safety and a solid foundation for treatment facilitation. Mental health assessments, treatment modalities, and community resources will be also be discussed.