The Driver Workbook

With Instructions

$270.00 FOR A PACK OF FIFTY (50) WORKBOOKS, includes shipping and handling

Correctional interventions are most effective when they focus specifically on offenders’ criminogenic needs. The challenge is that actuarial assessment tools often identify a cluster of dynamic risk factors, but generally do not identify the “driver”—the one criminogenic need that dominates the others.

The Driver Workbook is designed to assist corrections professionals and the offenders with whom they work to solve this problem by identifying the criminogenic need that is most likely to be driving antisocial behavior. This is accomplished through an interactive process of exploring patterns that emerge from offenders’ descriptions of six times when they experienced trouble in the past—either at home, school, work, and/or with the law. These patterns evidence themselves visually: as questions are answered, various circles representing the criminogenic needs are marked. This makes it easy for both offender and corrections professional to “see” the pattern that emerges.

In this way, the Driver Workbook provides a framework for substantive dialogue that leads to important discoveries about negative influences and skill deficits that might otherwise take much longer to evidence themselves. In addition, the process of working through the Driver Workbook collaboratively helps build understanding and rapport—essential ingredients to effective interactions and productive case planning. And importantly, identification of the driver guides corrections professionals and offenders to determine the primary focus of the case plan. This is particularly essential given that addressing criminogenic needs out of sequence can actually create conditions that lead to increases in misconduct and failure.