Dynamics of Working with Offenders

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Level: AdvancedNumber of Lessons: 24Avg. Length: 21 Min.Time Required: 24 Hours MinimumCourse Code: CM302
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This course will examine common characteristics of offenders, the specialized approaches to ministering within a correctional facility, and the Biblical corollaries for transformation as they pertain to offenders. Special attention will be given to the psycho-sociological factors that contribute to criminality, as well as to ways institutional conditions damage family structures, add to the pains of incarceration, and impair successful reentry. Students will examine possible solutions for overcoming these deficits and helping inmates prepare for returning to their communities.


  1. Exhibit a passion for those who are spiritually lost and for discipleship.
  2. Identify personal spiritual gifts and strengths.
  3. Describe the biblical basis for ministry within the justice system and the historic roots of the Church’s efforts in American corrections.
  4. Define the mission and goals of the various correctional agencies and identify ways to effectively engage in ministry efforts within those settings.
  5. Identify evidence-based practices used in corrections and criminogenic factors.
  6. Summarize restorative justice principles and contrast them with current processes within the criminal justice system.
  7. Identify the crucial junctures at which inmates and their families are most open to ministry and understand which specific ministry strategies are most appropriate for those points of contact.
Karen Swanson, EdD
  • Northern Illinois University, EdD
  • Western Michigan University, MA
  • Calvin College, BS
  • Cornerstone University, BA

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Richard Barnhart
  • University of Utah, MSW
  • Utah State University, BS

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Lesson One
Lesson Two
Lesson Three
Lesson Four
Lesson Five
Lesson Six
Lesson Seven
Lesson Eight
Lesson Nine
Lesson Ten
Lesson Eleven
Lesson Twelve
Lesson Thirteen
Lesson Fourteen
Lesson Fifteen
Lesson Sixteen
Lesson Seventeen
Lesson Eighteen
Lesson Nineteen
Lesson Twenty
Lesson Twenty-One
Lesson Twenty-Two
Lesson Twenty-Three
Lesson Twenty-Four
Course Wrap-Up

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