Training Description & Topics


The Good Lives Model (GLM) has become a popular framework for the treatment of people who have caused harm to others. It is suitable for treatment providers and program administrators working in prison, civil commitment, and community-based settings. Preliminary evidence suggests that, integrated appropriately, the GLM offers potential for improving outcomes of treatment programs that follow a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach and that operate according to the Risk, Need, and Responsivity (RNR) principles. For example, research suggests that the GLM’s focus on engaging clients in the treatment process enhances treatment engagement, an important element of program effectiveness. However, misguided or otherwise poor application of the GLM in practice could increase the very risk treatment is designed to prevent and manage. This four-hour online training focuses on how programs and therapists can use the GLM combined with a gendered approach to treat adult women. 

In this online training, the presenters will provide information on how to translate and integrate the GLM into practice with women in the overall structure, content, and process of treatment, and illustrate key assessment and treatment strategies. The presenters will provide an overview of GLM-based assessment and intervention planning and describe the module or phase-based structure of a RNR/CBT treatment program using the GLM. Lastly, the presenters will address how typical program modules targeting dynamic risk factors such as sexual and general self-regulation can be developed and integrated using a GLM approach. 

Training topics include:

1) The importance of a gendered approach in the treatment of women who sexually abuse.
2) How the Good Lives Model (GLM) combined with a gendered approach fits with the principles of risk, need, and responsivity.
3) The GLM “Primary Human Goods” (also known as “common life goals”).
4) The GLM “Goods” most often implicated in offending by women.
5) Obstacles to women implementing a good life plan.
6) A gendered approach to case formulation, assessment, and treatment using the GLM.