Overview

The Department’s philosophy embodies a commitment to the development of the whole person.

This commitment is demonstrated by the establishment and maintenance of a professional relationship between the Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (ORC) and the incarcerated individual.

The Department’s policy is to provide comprehensive counseling to incarcerated individuals so they may become aware of alternatives they may choose to take responsibility for their lives. Counseling helps them understand they have choices, they can change, and they have the ability to control their own lives while accepting full responsibility for the consequences of their behavior.

The ORC has the obligation to advise and prescribe program activities based on the assessment of the individual's needs and interests, and available facility resources. For counseling related matters, the ORC is the primary person through whom contacts with other departmental units, outside agencies, and other individuals are best channeled.

Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based practice, is a client centered style of counseling. Motivational Interviewing recognizes resistance to change and relapse into criminal behaviors are realities for many and should be acknowledged and addressed as part of the change process.

There is respect for the individual’s autonomy and choice, expression of empathy, open-ended questions, and affirmation summaries. The goal is to understand the motives individuals have for addressing their problems, to gather information to plan their care, and to build and strengthen their readiness for change.

The Department continues to invest in enhancing the interviewing and counseling skills of the ORC.