Addressing Responsivity Issues for American Indian/Alaska Native Individuals on Community Supervision

Thursday Nov 19, 2015 - 03:00pm to 04:30pm EST
Event Description: 

The responsivity principle suggests that an individuals’ characteristics affect how they respond to treatment and interventions.  Characteristics such as learning style, personality, culture, gender, education level, etc. should play an important part in choosing which services and interventions a justice-involved individual is assigned to.  In this era where practitioners are encouraged to incorporate strategies and practices that are “evidence-based,” we should be cautious not to discount indigenous, tribal or culture-based interventions that could work more effectively with AI/AN populations, even though they have not been evaluated and labeled as “evidence-based.”

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize what the research literature says we should be doing with American Indian/Alaska Native individuals on community supervision caseloads;

  • Describe a new standard of measuring the effectiveness of programs (deemed “Practice-Based Evidence”);

  • Explain the results of a survey regarding general and specific responsivity factors identified by PPOs as unique to American Indian/Alaska Native individuals on community supervision;

  • Provide recommendations for administrators, policy makers, and practitioners to ensure responsivity factors unique to American Indian/Alaska Natives are incorporated into supervision plans to improve their outcomes.


Ada Pecos Melton


American Indian Development Associates, LLC


Brian Colgan

Supervisory USPO

Phoenix Field Division


Adrienne Lindsey, MA, DBH

Research Specialist Senior

Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Arizona State University


Kimberly Cobb

Project Director

American Probation & Parole Association

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American Probation & Parole Association
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Kimberly Cobb
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- Private group -