Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Alternative Paradigms in Correctional Treatment: Internal Family Systems and the Risk-Need-Responsivity Model
by Di Fulvio, Erin M., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 64; 13810758
Abstract (Summary)

In the United States recidivism rates are concerningly high with 77% of criminal offenders rearrested within 5 years of release from prison. The Risk—Need— Responsivity Model (RNR) outlines the principles of effective correctional treatment programming and adherence to RNR's core principles reliably lowers reoffending risk. Even with RNR adherent cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the most common modality used within correctional institutions, recidivism continues to be a major concern. This thesis uses the hermeneutic methodology to explore Internal Family Systems (IFS) as a possible novel modality to utilize with high-risk, incarcerated offenders to reduce recidivism. IFS' unique strengths regarding adherence to the RNR model may increase rehabilitation efficacy, especially for antisocial traits and CBT treatment resistant offenders, suggesting further research into IFS as an alternative paradigm to employ within the criminal justice system.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Steffora, Thomas, Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Criminology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Correctional treatment, Internal family systems, Offender, Recidivism, Risk-needs-responsivity model, Rnr
Publication Number: 13810758
ISBN: 9781392150634
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