UCCI conducts and supports research to inform policy and practice in corrections in order to assist agencies in their efforts to implement evidence-based practices. Through partnerships with a wide variety of agencies, we seek to build knowledge to equip professionals with the information they need to be successful agents of change and enhance rehabilitative services for offenders.
UCCI has taken a special interest in developing curricula that utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Interventions approach to treatment.
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Sexual Offending-Youth (CBI-SOY)
UCCI CBI-SOY is a structured curriculum intended for youth who are moderate to high need in the area of sexual offending. This curriculum can be delivered as a stand-alone intervention or incorporated into larger programs for justice-involved youth and their families. Using a cognitive-behavioral approach in a way that is developmentally appropriate for youth, the CBI-SOY teaches strategies to avoid sexual offending and related behaviors. The program emphasizes skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills development.
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Domestic Violence (DBI-DV)
UCCI CBI-DV is designed for individuals with a recent pattern of intimate partner violence who are moderate to high-risk on a general risk assessment. Using a cognitive-behavioral approach, the curriculum teaches individuals how to identify and manage high-risk situations related to intimate partner violence, with particular emphasis on emotional regulation.
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Family Relationships-Adult (CBI-FA)
UCCI CBI-Family is designed for individuals who are moderate to high-risk on a general risk assessment and have a need in the area of family. While the curriculum incorporates parenting skills, its primary focus is on those needs that are correlated with recidivism reduction, such as communication and social-emotional skills, patterns of antisocial thinking and behaviors, and obtaining and maintaining support systems. As a cognitive-behavioral curriculum, sessions are skills-based so that individuals learn and practice techniques for managing difficult situations once back in the community. The goal is to improve communication, thinking, social and emotion regulation skills, so that individuals are better prepared to live a prosocial lifestyle that improves outcomes for the entire family unit.
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Educators-Youth (CBI-EY)
UCCI CBI-EY is designed for classroom use with preteens, teenagers, and post-adolescents at moderate to high-risk for self-destructive, antisocial, or unlawful behavior, especially within the school setting. The curriculum emphasizes skills and behavioral routines that enable students to develop relevant cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skills. It takes a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach strategies for identifying and managing risky thoughts and feelings and coping with risky situations.
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions Basic Skill Development (CBI-Choices)
UCCI CBI-Choices is an open-enrollment group designed to introduce participants to basic skills found in Core Correctional Practices. Interventions include motivational techniques, goal settings, introduction to cognitive-behavioral interventions, and social skills development, and emotional regulation strategies.