CJ 320 Correctional Treatment Strategies

CJ 320 IS Sec 2, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. 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:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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

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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:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

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 and three proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz



Discussion board


Chapter 1: The Role of the Correctional Counselor

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


Chapter 2: Legal, Ethical and Cross-Cultural Issues

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

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


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

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz

Course Exam 1

Covers chapters 1-4

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Chapter 5: Common Theoretical Counseling Perspectives

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


Chapter 6: Family  Systems Therapy and Counseling

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


┬áChapter 7: Group Therapy

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If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.


Chapter 8: Substance Abuse Counseling and Co-occurring Disorders

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


Chapters 9: Youth Counseling and Juvenile Offenders

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz

Course Exam 2

Covers chapters 5-9

To be scheduled
and completed before proceeding


Chapters 10: Anger Management and Domestic Abuse Counseling

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


Chapter 11: Female Offenders and Correctional Counseling

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


Chapter 12: Sex Offenders

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz


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

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Chapter 14: Evaluation, Effectiveness and Offender Recidivism

Lesson Dropbox and Quiz

Final Exam

Covers chapters 10-14 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam). 

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.