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The Program Development Manager works closely with Program and Services Specialists and the Judicial Branch of Education in researching, writing and developing curriculum, and policy and procedure for the Nebraska Probation System.  Probation Administration highly values our Probation Staff and emphasis is placed on the innovation of training, developing and supporting highly skilled, highly trained Probation Staff.

Policy, Procedure and Curriculum Development incorporates the creation of recommendations for new policy or recommendations for modifying existing policy as it applies to programs and services.  These policies and procedures guide how Nebraska Probation implements Evidenced Based Principles and Practices to our programs and services, as well as, guiding our training and development of our Staff.  Probation Administration values our staff as great resources, innovators, and leaders in the criminal justice field, as they are the key to encouraging positive behavior change in others. 

In adherence to Evidenced Based Practices, Nebraska Probation has implemented Motivational Interviewing as a communication style that is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation for change.  Motivational Interviewing is a communication style that involves strategic use of questions and statements to help clients find their own reasons for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2002).  Ongoing assessment, training and assistance are utilized to enhance probation officers successful implementation of Motivational Interviewing skills and strategies while guiding and supporting the change process.  

Probation Administration offer evidenced based cognitive behavioral programming as a proven method for intervention in helping support positive change.  This form of programming targets anti-social thinking, attitudes and beliefs that lead to poor decision making and criminal behavior.  Cognitive Programming emphasizes replacing anti-social thinking with pro-social thinking and behavior, leading to increased possibility of achieving positive behavior change.  

Approved Cognitive Programming includes:

  • Preparing for Change
    • Breaking Barriers
  • Cognitive Restructuring
    • Adult Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
    • Juvenile MRT
    • Sex Offender MRT
    • Drive the Right Way
    • Why Try (Juveniles)
  • Cognitive Skill Building
    • Responsible Thinking
    • Self-Control

Questions or comments about any of these areas, feel free to contact the Program Development Manager, Julie Kindler at 402.471.1751 or at julie.kindler@nebraska.gov

This page was last modified on Monday, November 26, 2012