Published: November, 2013| James E. Henderson Jr., MSW

With more focus on victim safety and community partnerships, probation departments are feeling the pressures of an over-burdened system. Traditional one-on-one supervision can be costly in regards to time and resources and may be less productive than group work. Probation group reporting has expanded in specialty courts as a way to engage defendants in the process of change. Participants will learn how to set up and conduct an effective group reporting format. The presenter will discuss clear examples of how probation group reporting can break down barriers to compliance for the defendant and how it can reduce violations for new probationers. Finally, examples will be given on how this time-saving practice allows for enhanced community partnerships and a better community message.