Evidence-based practices clearly demonstrate that the relationships professionals develop with their client is critical in supporting behavioral change. Creating a relationship that is supportive, empathetic, and accountable and that provides appropriate advocacy is foundational in the change process. Developing effective working relationships requires balancing empathy and boundaries with clear goals and an attention to resolving barriers. During the webinar, you will learn the components of developing effective relationships including attending to personal biases and cultural competency, as well as assessing the needs of the client and matching responses to those needs.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Explain the importance of the relationship with criminal justice clients in the change process.
- Identify components of an effective working relationship.
- Describe how to create a relationship that holds offenders accountable and provides appropriate advocacy in their path to more pro-social lifestyles.
- Recognize common biases and understand the impact of their interactions when biases are present.