LIVE: An Introduction to Correctional Mental Health

June 11, 2024  |  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pacific

Presented By Virginia Barber-Rioja, PhD | Ashley Batastini, PhD
Virginia Barber-Rioja, PhD Ashley Batastini, PhD

June 11, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Pacific

1.5 Hours | 1.5 CEs

Free Live Training via Zoom

Virginia Barber Rioja, PhD and Ashley Batastini, PhD present a live virtual professional training program on An Introduction to Correctional Mental Health. This free program is part of Palo Alto University's At the Forefront of Psychology & Counseling series, in which PAU experts tackle pressing and emerging issues.

The U.S. incarcerates far more people than any other country in the world. The incarcerated population is overrepresented by people of color, LGBTQ persons, and people with extensive mental health, substance use, and trauma-related needs. In addition, criminogenic needs must be addressed to reduce reoffending risk.

The US correctional system provides opportunities for mental health professionals to contribute their science as clinicians, researchers, and policy advocates. Adequate mental health interventions are essential to prevent suicide and violence, mitigate stress, and overall increase the chances of rehabilitation and recovery. However, the delivery of mental health services in correctional settings is challenging, and resources are often limited. Furthermore, even though mental health practice and research in correctional settings require specialized knowledge, correctional clinicians, administrators, and scholars have few resources to guide their practice.

This introductory session provides an overview of the US correctional system, ethical considerations for clinical practice, best practices in assessment and treatment, and the current state of correctional research.

This session would be appropriate for individuals wanting to work with incarcerated clients in jails or prisons, including Students, early career, or professionals who want more background in correctional mental health.

Training outline:

  1. Overview of the number of people incarcerated and by demographic groups
  2. General differences between jail and prison
  3. Outline of ethical guidelines, considerations, example dilemmas
  4. Common mental health conditions among incarcerated populations and common assessment and treatment responses
  5. An overview of RNR in addressing criminogenic needs
  6. Challenges and needs in correctional mental health research

Intended Audience

This live program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

Experience Level

This live program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Presented By

Virginia Barber-Rioja, PhD

Virginia Barber-Rioja obtained her Ph.D. in clinical forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. For 7 years, she worked in the NYC jail system holding the positions of Co-Chief and Clinical Director of Mental Health and Assistant Chief of Forens...

Presented By

Ashley Batastini, PhD

Dr. Ashley Batastini earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology. Her research emphasis is broadly at the intersection between the mental health and c...

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the role of mental health services in jails and prisons

Describe common evidence-based assessment and treatment practices in jails and prisons

Describe the current state of correctional mental health research


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