In general, our suggestion is that, during an appointment, you work with the client on only one tool, since it will take an average of 10–20 minutes to go through it, and we suggest that you introduce another tool for the client to complete at home. In some cases, you might get through only one part of a tool during an appointment; in those instances, you can assign the other parts for completion at home or do them with the client during subsequent appointments.
In the early stages of supervision, when you are trying to achieve multiple purposes, the assignment that you complete with the client during the appointment and the take-home assignment you give the client might be from different Carey Guides. For example, during an appointment, you might work with the client on a tool from Maximizing Strengths in order to build rapport and then, to help identify rewards that would be meaningful to the client, you might ask them to complete a tool from Rewards and Sanctions at home.
After the initial appointments, you will be focusing on one criminogenic need at a time, as guided by the case plan. At that stage, you will be teaching skills to address the specific need, so the tools that you will be using during appointments and assigning for completion at home will usually be from the same Guide.
When utilizing this guide, are we to pick one of the tools per session or work on all of them. Example is during first appointment. Do I want to do Session 1 for Maximizing Strengths, Session 1 Rewards and Sanctions and Session 1 Responding to Violations all in one meeting?
Customers have asked us if there is a resource that offers guidance about the order in which to use the Carey Guides and the Driver Workbook. We’ve developed the Carey Guides and Driver Workbook Sequencing Chart to help.
This sequencing chart, which also supports The Carey Group’s 10 Steps to Risk Reduction training curriculum, divides supervision into six time periods—from the first appointment to 3–6 months before discharge; identifies the key step and associated goals of each period; and suggests when to use each Carey Guide and the Driver Workbook in order to meet those goals. For example, during the first appointment, when the goal is to build rapport, clarify roles, and identify offender strengths, the Carey Guide Maximizing Strengths would be helpful. Within the first month, when corrections professionals share initial assessment results and incentivize in order to seek investment in the change process, the Carey Guide Your Guide to Success would be useful.