Relapse Prevention Therapy in Correctional Practice: A State-of-the-Art Review

George Parks

In this workshop, I will describe Marlatt’s Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Relapse Prevention and present a state-of-the-art review its applications in Correctional Practice. We will discuss the use of Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) 1) as an Offender Substance Abuse Program, 2) as a Psychosocial Therapy for Sex Offenders, and 3) as a Case Management Tool used by Probation Officers in Community Corrections. Finally, we will explore how Therapeutic Jurisprudence provides compassionate and pragmatic context for correctional practice that is both humane and effective.

George Parks

George A. Parks, Ph.D. is one the world’s foremost experts in apply Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) to correctional programs and practices. For the past 10 years, he has developed and disseminated a RPT program entitled, “Preventing Relapse on the Road to Recovery” which has been widely adopted in Probation Departments, Drug Courts, and Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies serving criminal justice clients. Dr. Parks has been a consultant, technical advisor and trainer for the State of Washington Department of Corrections, the National Institute of Corrections, the Correctional Service Canada, the International Community Corrections Association, the U. S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Oregon Department of Corrections, the South Dakota Department of Corrections, and several county corrections agencies in Oregon, Indiana, Kentucy, Georgia, and Arizona.

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