Training Description & Topics


The Risk/Need/Responsivity (RNR) framework revolutionized correctional intervention schemes when it was first introduced in the 1990s. Since that time, practitioners and programs alike have worked to ensure that clients in forensic settings really do receive an intensity of intervention that is commensurate with the level of risk they pose (risk principle), while criminogenic needs are specifically targeted (need principle). However, despite gains in the areas of risk and need, the field continues to struggle with the responsivity principle, which encourages service providers to consider the nature of their involvement with clients. This includes ensuring motivation to change and attention to those client characteristics that ultimately influence success or failure. This difficulty in truly “connecting” with clients has been most pronounced in developing program options for persons with special needs profiles (e.g., intellectual disabilities, severe mental health issues, other cognitive limitations, etc.). Indeed, difficulties remain with respect to ensuring that interventions and supervision strategies actually consider the “special needs” of these clients in regard to all aspects of the RNR framework. This online training will address the issues faced by individuals with special needs in forensic circumstances, with a focus on ensuring that clients receive services that are individualized and evidence-based to the extent possible. Of particular emphasis will be the issue of creating and implementing assessment, intervention, and risk management processes that are not just modifications of existing methods devised for individuals without special needs.

Topics to be discussed:
1) Who are we talking about?
2) The Risk-Need-Responsivity framework.
3) Methods of assessing Risk and Need.
4) Ensuring responsivity and specialized program/supervision options.
5) Employing an applied behavioral analytic approach.
6) Balancing risks and rights.
7) What can we expect:  Successes and areas for further development.