Probation is a promise to make things right, in exchange for staying in the community.
Diversion allows lower level offenders to avoid court convictions by completing a set of conditions.
Cognitive Programming Offerings
People are required to make multiple decisions over the course of a day. We work with people who have made decisions that violate laws, necessitating their involvement in the criminal justice system. The thoughts and feelings that a person is experiencing in any given moment have a direct impact to the decisions that people make. In order for a person to have more control over the actions they take, it is critical that they develop skills that will allow them to control the thoughts and feelings that have lead them to trouble. Cognitive programming is designed to have participants take control of their actions by becoming more aware of their thoughts and feelings.
There are two main schools that make up cognitive programming: Cognitive Restructuring and Cognitive Skills. Cognitive Restructuring is a process where people learn, identify, and dispute thoughts that could lead to trouble. These include things like all-or nothing thinking, over-generalizations, magnification, and emotional reasoning. Cognitive Skills refers to a person’s ability to do things such as problem solve or interact with others.
Washington County Community Corrections is proud to offer four different cognitive programs to our clients, all of which are free for the client to attend. All programs are facilitated by probation officers of Washington County who have been formally trained in the curriculum they teach. We implements Continuous Quality Improvement of each program to ensure the material being delivered is adhering to the fidelity that make each one a proven tool of change. Each one of the programs offered are evidence based, with a proven reduction in recidivism for those who complete the programs.
The programs offered are as follows:
There are several factors that go into determining what classes a client would need to take. These factors would be discussed with a supervising probation officer, who will make the determination of what classes a client would need to complete.