The Washington State Offender Needs Assessment

2550 WordsJun 7, 201611 Pages
After reviewing Bill Smith 's case file, making a step by step guideline, and completing the Washington State Offender Needs Assessment, I have been able to develop a three month case management plan for him. I will go over four main sections that complete the three month plan. These four sections are the type of counseling modality I will use, the treatment referrals that I will make, a detailed plan for each of the twelve weekly meetings, and a plan for evaluating Smith 's progress. Once this plan is in motion, I 'm confident that Smith will have a good transition into the community. Counseling Modality The counseling modality I plan to use for Bill Smith is directive counseling. I chose directive counseling because it allows the…show more content…
Having that control in the beginning will allow me to help Smith with his problems right away so that he can learn how to carry out his own decisions. Doing this will maximize Smith 's potential because we will be able to identify his problems and resolve them earlier. Then, as he starts to have less things to deal with, he can focus on bettering his life in the community. I also chose this modality because Smith has shown that he has failed to solve problems by himself, due to his recidivism. This modality allows the counselor to be responsible for the counseling process. Being in control will allow me to help Smith from going back to his old ways. Since he has shown some motivation, I think that over time he won 't need me to take charge of his change. But, for now he needs it. I know there are several criticisms of this modality, such as the counselor acting like a cop, the counselor not being able to gain trust with the offender, and the offender struggling with making their own decisions because the counselor tells them what to do. I will not act like a cop when using this modality. I plan on being open with Smith when using this approach by telling him why I thought this modality was best for him, so he understands. I will encourage him to talk to me about his issues and what he thinks he needs, doing this will allow me to incorporate his ideas when I think they are appropriate. As for building trust, I will not judge him when he tells me about his problems.
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