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CJ 320 Correctional Treatment Strategies

University of Mississippi Department of Legal Studies
207 Odom Hall (662)-915-1998
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Linda Keena

Instructor name: Dr. Linda Keena

Dr. Linda Keena obtained her Bachelor's (1984) and Master's (1991) degrees in Criminal Justice from Southeast Missouri State University and her Doctorate (2006) from the University of Missouri.

She is a former State of Missouri Adult Probation and Parole officer and for the last twenty-two years has taught various corrections courses, community and institutional based. She has established a record of scholarly publications that reflects a variety of criminal justice, restorative justice, religion, corrections, and community-based research topics.

In addition, she is co-author and project director for MEDFELS, a nationally recognized methamphetamine education program for elementary schools.

Finally, Dr. Keena has significant experience with the treatment of offenders (both institutionally and in the community). Currently, she facilitates the Ice House Entrepreneurship course at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to pre-release inmates.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This is a fourteen lesson independent study course on the topic of correctional treatment strategies. This course addresses the micro-level details of the counseling and treatment process, explaining how correctional counseling is done in the field and in institutions. Course assignments, quizzes, and readings are reflected with each lesson.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Hanser, R. D., & Mire, S. M. (2011). Correctional Counseling. Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.

ISBN: 13-978-0-13-512925-8

It is the student’s responsibility to order the course textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Understand a basic introduction to criminal behavior, motivations for criminal behavior and the means by which treatment is approached with the offender populations.

  • Know the importance of ethics as well as the boundaries and parameters related to ethical behavior.

  • Recognize the importance of the therapeutic relationship between client and counselor and the common modalities in counseling.

  • Know the use of group and individual counseling services with offender treatment programs: such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management and suicidal ideations.

  • Understand how to detect and address denial with the sex-offending population.

Course Outline:

This course is composed of fourteen instructional modules:

Lessons & Exams

Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapter 1: The Role of the Correctional Counselor

Lesson Questions

Lesson Two

Chapter 2: Legal, Ethical and Cross-Cultural Issues

Lesson Questions

Lesson Three

Chapter 3: Data Gathering, Assessment, Diagnosis, Classification and Treatment Planning

Lesson Questions

Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Basic Rapport Building, Goal Setting, and Implementation

Lesson Questions

Course Exam #1

Proctored Exam, Chapters 1-4

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Five

Chapter 5: Common Theoretical Counseling Perspectives

Lesson Questions

Lesson Six

Chapter 6: Family Systems Therapy and Counseling

Lesson Questions

Lesson Seven

Chapter 7: Group Therapy

Lesson Questions

Lesson Eight

Chapter 8: Substance Abuse Counseling and Co-occurring Disorders

Lesson Questions

Lesson Nine

Chapters 9: Youth Counseling and Juvenile Offenders

Lesson Questions

Course Exam #2

Proctored Exam, Chapters 5-9

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Ten

Chapter 10: Anger Management and Domestic Abuse Counseling

Lesson Questions

Lesson Eleven

Chapter 11: Female Offenders and Correctional Counseling

Lesson Questions

Lesson Twelve

Chapter 12: Sex Offenders

Lesson Questions

Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 13: HIV/AIDS, Older Offenders, Dying/Grief/Mourning, and Suicide Issues

Lesson Questions

Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 14: Evaluation, Effectiveness and Offender Recidivism

Lesson Questions

Final Exam

Proctored Exam, Chapters 10-14

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 60% = F

Grading Information

Each lesson submitted will be read and given a numerical grade. If you make below a 60 on 5 lessons, you will fail the course. Also, if you receive a grade below 60 on a lesson, you will be expected to re-do that lesson and resubmit it to the instructor.
As for your 2 course exams and Final exam, you will be graded using a letter scale of A, B, C, D, F.

The final grade will be calculated as follows:

The GRADING SCALE will be based upon a percentage of total points:


Point Value

Quizzes-Lesson Questions

14 @ 40 points each

Exam 1

100 points

Exam 2

100 points

Final Exam

100 points

Total Points


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