Trainings for Correctional Staff
(Institutional & Community-based)

Dr. William Winogron Psychologist

Psychologist, Author, Trainer

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Icon


(Adaptable for treatment staff or non-treatment staff)
A 1-day skill-building workshop to strengthen CBI knowledge & skills

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions Instructor
Correctional agencies and facilities around the world are increasingly being pressured to use evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Interventions to adhere to the “What Works” literature of correctional rehabilitation. Evidence and articles on effectiveness are plentiful, but, implementation of the CBI principles and methods lag behind knowledge. How do you get your staff and managers to actually do CBI? Teach them a principle-based, no-nonsense, practical approach to thinking in accordance with CBI principles, and acting in accordance with CBI techniques.

Learn CBI from a master therapist and master trainer who has taught hundreds of correctional workers, managers, and others to do real CBI. Evidence-based CBI. CBI that targets the right targets. CBI that targets criminogenic needs and risks. CBI that your staff can feel ownership of, and implement with confidence.

Dr. Winogron and his team of associates have the international experience and the credentials to deliver serious training, on a schedule, on time, on budget.


This is a sample menu. It can be varied to suit your staff needs and abilities

To “refresh” (review and enhance) learning, both theoretical and practical, from previously-completed CBI Training


1. To deepen theoretical understanding of CBI techniques for front-line use
a. Develop basic knowledge regarding the day-to-day use of CBI in a correctional setting

i. To identify: appropriate clinical targets; intervention strategies; timing of interventions; appropriate settings; etc.

2. To increase understanding & recognition of the cognitions that underlie criminal behavior
To be able to:
a. demonstrate and explain the ABC model of CBI
b. define “counterproductive” values, attitudes, and beliefs
c. defend use of CBI methods against common criticisms
d. identify/recall the hallmark cognitions & cognitive distortions of antisocial behaviors
3. The predictable relationship between cognitions and behaviors
a. To be able to ‘profile’ behavioral disturbances/anti-social behaviors by anticipating cognitive contributors
4. To develop competence in disputing (re-thinking/re-working) harmful cognitions
To be able to:
a. state the key challenges to harmful cognitions
b. use the RULE acronym
c. explain and demonstrate use of

i. Cost-benefit analysis
ii. Reframing
iii. Role-play/rehearsal
iv. Behavioral experiments/tryouts
v. Self-calming

5. To adopt a “coaching” mindset to help clients achieve cognitive change
a. To anticipate likely offender cognitions– based on available intake and history information
b. To understand and adopt a coaching mindset (as opposed to a therapeutic mindset)
6. To achieve competence in a “coaching” process
To be able to:
a. Identify and follow a 6-step organizational scheme for “coaching cognitive change” in offenders

i. To demonstrate use of the coaching sequence in a simulated client intervention

“An incredibly through training for correctional agencies/organizations needing correctional staff to think and behave as competent agents of change”.

Dr. Winogron Biography

Dr. Bill Winogron is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in assessing and treating psychological disorders in a variety of clinical settings. His involvement with correctional work began with front-line clinical work in community corrections, and went on to include program creation, training, custom curriculum development, and training of trainers. By theoretical orientation, Bill is a practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapies (CBTs), particularly Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy, the original short-term CBT. He holds an Associate Fellowship at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, where he was trained and supervised by Dr. Albert Ellis (‘the grandfather of CBT’) personally.

In addition to being a seasoned clinician and training facilitator, Bill has authored internationally- successful, evidence-based treatment programs (Anger and Emotions Management Program; CALM – Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage it; CALMER – the CALM Effective Relapse Prevention program; etc.) , and has trained, mentored and supervised students, graduate students and correctional staff for much of his career. He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor (Albert Ellis Institute) and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Yorkville University. Additionally, Winogron has authored and facilitated training programs for organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK, both “classroom” and online, on a range of mental health topics.

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Winogron at his new location:
1559 Alta Vista Drive
P.O. Box 59030
Ottawa, ON., K1G 5T7
Phone: +1 (613) 978-1054 | Fax: +1 (833) 939-3549