“Good Lives Model” Training Taken to the Second Phase
Utilizing evidence-based practices has been a staple of corrections in Iowa for several years. This is true statewide, both in the institutions and in the community based corrections system. Several years ago, a group of dedicated supervisors from all eight of the Judicial District Departments of Correctional Services decided it was time to bring the state’s sex offender treatment programming in line with the most up-to-date and evidence-based models available.
To achieve this, they began studying a model known as the Good Lives Model (GLM). Once confirming that this model was rooted in evidence-based practices, they began to develop policy that could be consistent across the state as well as a consistent fee structure for the correctional districts to all use. Then, they began the process of implementing the new program across both the districts and the institutions across the state. In a relatively short amount of time, they accomplished what has been a goal for decades.
The team applied for, and received a grant that allowed them to bring an international trainer in the GLM model to Iowa for the state’s initial certification last year, and continued to hold phone consultations with him for 12 months to ensure successful implementation. A final step in the implementation phase was to bring back the trainer to conduct advanced training, which was done earlier this month.
The hard work of these team members, and the dedication of the staff across the state to learn and use the new programming will result in lasting positive outcomes for those receiving correctional treatment programs, and thus better opportunities for safer communities.
(Pictured: Members of the Statewide SOTP Team with David Prescott, co-developer of the GLM Model)