National Online Certificate Course in Reentry

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The Prisoner Reentry Institute offers an online certificate in Reentry for educators who work closely with offenders nearing their release date:

National Online Certificate Course in Reentry (NOCCR)

Funded by the U.S Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, the National Online Certificate Course in Reentry (NOCCR) is the product of collaboration between the Fortune Society and the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. The NOCCR is a practice based professional development tool for front-line staff serving individuals returning from incarceration. We developed the curriculum with guidance from a series of conversations with reentry practitioners, administrators, and policymakers, and we believe that the course reflects the current trends in best practices in the field.

-There are 10 modules, covering service topics ranging from case management and risk assessment to specific issues such as substance abuse, family, housing, and employment. There is a module on working with special populations such as juveniles and women, as well as a module on program evaluation.

-Each module includes foundational “how to” information and resources that can be utilized by practitioners across the nation who are serving in various positions. Students complete a brief quiz after each module.

-The course is self-paced with a total instructional time of 10 to 15 hours.

-In addition, there are three exercises scattered throughout the course in which students are presented with a situation that they must navigate with a hypothetical client. Students are asked to answer questions from both the service provider and community correction officer perspective, and at the end of each exercise, students are given feedback on their responses.

-Finally, separate from the course modules, a discussion group component provides a venue for course users from across the country to connect and share promising practices, strategies, and trouble-shooting that pertain to specific regions and populations.

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