Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT): An Evidenced-Based Practice for Maintaining Behavior Change

George Parks

This workshop is based on Marlatt’s Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Relapse Prevention. We will begin with an analysis of the relapse process, followed by an overview of Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT), and then, continue with a summary of Preventing Relapse On the Road to Recovery, a 12-topic structured program widely adopted in Substance Abuse Treatment and Correctional settings. The workshop concludes with a state-of-the-art review the applications of Relapse Prevention Therapy in correctional practice: 1) as an Offender Substance Abuse Treatment 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

Dr. Parks is one the world’s foremost experts in applying 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. Mr. 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, Kentucky, Georgia, and Arizona.

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