Setting the Stage for EBP Practice Models

Have you ever wondered why your EBP implementation(s) get stuck, trained practices don’t easily transfer to everyday use by staff, and fatigue seems to be settling in?

You are not alone in considering this set of issues.

Research and initial implementations show great promise in the use of practice models that deliberately integrate a selection of evidence-based practices and principles (e.g., role clarification, MI, cognitive coaching, etc.) into a trainable model. In this workshop Brad Bogue, Matt Moore and Evan C. Crist, Psy.D. explained the initial stages of a three-year project to substantively transform a community corrections operation by adopting a practice model and bringing it to full implementation with fidelity. (See thier bios below.)

The three principals involved in leading the project, Mr. Bogue, Mr. Moore and Dr. Crist, explained their lessons learned to date enabling an organization to evaluate and consider the ramifications of adopting a practice model for the next stage of the EBP implementation journey.

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A Little About the Authors

Evan C. Crist, Psy.D., CorrectTech Founder and President

Since earning his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 1996, Dr. Crist has been involved in corrections in a variety of settings and roles. He has been an adjunct professor for the University of Denver’s Forensic Studies Department where he taught “Evaluation and Treatment of the Adult Offender.” He has also been the jail psychologist at Arapahoe County Detention Facility and founded Correctional Psychology Associates, an offender treatment and consulting practice. In 2001, he founded Time to Change Community Corrections Program, currently serving over 250 residential and non-residential convicted felons in the Denver, Colorado area. 

Shortly after the inception of Time to Change Communtinty Corrections Progam, Dr. Crist and his staff realized that much of the work associated with client supervision and treatment involved state regulations, compliance, paperwork and more “non-client focused” tasks. It was clear that some sort of automation was required to return to spending time with people rather than paper. Unable to find a product in the marketplace that integrated offender monitoring and case management functions, the Time to Change Community Corrections Program leadership team set out to develop a software solution that automated documentation and daily tasks. CorrectTech is the result of that endeavor based on the foundational work of EBP and decades of offender management experience.

A frequent speaker on various offender and corrections topics, Dr. Crist remains the Executive Director of Time to Change Community Corrections Program where new CorrectTech features and functionality are tested and perfected. His primary professional focus is helping corrections professionals understand and actually apply evidence based principles in their daily operations, especially with the efficiencies brought by technology. Dr. Crist's passions outside of corrections include woodworking, University of North Carolina basketball, golf and spending time with his two teenage daughters. 

Bradford Bogue

Bradford Bogue is a experienced investigator, author and internationally recognized expert in probation/parole case management practices.  Brad has been the Primary Investigator for over 70 program evaluations in corrections including the VT Dept. of Correction’s Reparation Programs (1997), three probation workload analyses (MT probation, 1997; CT probation, 1999; Marin Co., CA, 2010) and a multi-site probation process and outcome evaluation (NIJ, 2009). He designed the Risk & Resiliency Check-Up assessment that RAND Corporation successfully validated (2006), along with numerous other innovations for the field (e.g., automated case plan applications, QA systems, Proxy Risk tool, etc.). Brad has worked in the field since 1971.  Mr. Bogue was trained in 1993 as a Motivational Interview (MI) trainer by William Miller and he has been training MI and exploring methods for MI QA and implementing MI 'to scale' in corrections systems ever since. He was the lead author for a definitive book on case planning (The Probation & Parole Treatment Planner, Wiley, 2003) as well as the NIC position paper on ‘The Principles of Effective Interventions’ which serves as NIC’s current model for EBP in field supervision.  In 2012 the National Institute of Corrections published the book “Motivational Interviewing in Corrections”  that Brad co-authored with Anjali Nandi.

Matt Moore 

Matt has worked hands-on with community corrections programs for juveniles, adults, inmates, probationers and parolees for more than 25 years through the development, implementation, supervision and evaluation of programs for diverse populations. Early in his career, Matt worked one-on-one in supervisory positions with troubled youth in a group home; as a case manager for male inmates at a medium security prison; and as a senior probation officer supervising an intensive supervision and treatment unit. To date, Matt has worked with government agencies across the country to design, implement and evaluate more than 40 evidence-based programs. Matt has designed, implemented and administrated residential and non-residential cognitive behavioral correctional treatment programs with national recognition including: day reporting centers, outpatient substance abuse programs, sex offender programs, residential treatment programs and intensive supervision programs. He also has extensive experience in prison correctional treatment programs. Matt’s programs have been evaluated as highly effective and credited with reducing recidivism by as much as 50 percent. Matt is now expanding his community corrections reach again with his partnership with CorrectTech. Matt’s relationship with CorrectTech started in 2015 when he met CorrectTech CEO and Chief Problem Solver Eric Tumperi and they share common goals of making community corrections practitioners’ lives easier, applying smart automation solutions that can help organization wide adoption of EBP principles and providing the necessary support services to help agencies manage the change. He has recently started his own company, Behavior Change Technologies, providing technology-based solutions to improve the delivery of evidence-based solutions to offenders and enabling corrections professionals to do more with less.

Tom O'Connor

Tom teaches in the Criminal Justice Division at Western Oregon University, and is the CEO of Transforming Corrections with the mission to advance a more effective, less costly and more compassionate criminal justice system.

Most recently Tom worked with the Oregon Department of Corrections for two years as a research manager and for eight years as the head chaplain. Tom has published, trained, and coached widely, across the US and internationally, on leading change, organizational development, the contribution of chaplaincy and volunteers, the role of humanistic, spiritual and religious ways of making meaning in the desistance process, and collaborative ways of developing staff and successfully implementing evidence-based practices throughout the criminal justice system.

Tom grew up in Ireland and qualified as a solicitor (attorney) in the Irish legal system. Then Tom joined a contemplative Catholic religious order called the Carmelites and lived as a friar (a wandering monk) for 9 years working and studying in Ireland, Scotland, France and the US. The Carmelites sent Tom to Washington DC in 1987, and two years later he took a job at a research institute in Loyola University of Maryland evaluating the impact of a federal prison program on recidivism. Ever since Tom has concentrated on issues of human development, change and effectiveness in the criminal justice system.

Tom has degrees in law, philosophy, theology and counselling; his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America focused on Religion and Culture in the US Penal System. Tom has been nationally certified in the US as a chaplain and a counsellor, and trains many evidence-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching and the Level of Service/Case Management Inventory. Tom also incorporates "Implementation Science, Dialogue Coaching" and the Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization®" process into his work with personal and organizational development.

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