DSW Candidate – Brandon Garrick, MSW, LSW, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Smart Decarceration: Integrating a Bio-Psycho-Social application to the treatment of criminal cognitions

DSW Candidate – Brandon Garrick, MSW, LSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Smart Decarceration: Integrating a Bio-Psycho-Social application to the treatment of criminal cognitions

This presentation explores the pivotal practice issue of criminal cognitions and their direct impact on recidivism, situated within the broader context of smart decarceration. It will explore interventions and strategies aimed at addressing criminal cognitions, culminating in a comprehensive understanding. The presentation will highlight three distinct papers, each contributing to a comprehensive understanding of interventions for criminal cognitions.

The first product acts as the cornerstone, meticulously dissecting existing interventions and assessment tools employed in addressing criminal cognitions within a correctional setting. Central findings along with the methods taken to extract pertinent literature will be discussed. Further, the limitations and gaps discovered in the review will be presented.

The second product reflects on the literature review and presents a new way of thinking about treatment, especially when it comes to thinking about biological and social factors that influence criminal cognitions. This include the application of Rational Choice Theory, Differential Association Theory, and Interactionism. Further, the paper sets the stage for the final product, the practice application paper.

The third product provides a practice application integrating key findings from the first two products. A case study is presented to demonstrate clinical practice with a dual diagnosis individual with criminal ideation. Application analysis will be explored shaping a foundation for future research and practice.

Key findings from the capstone will be discussed along with significance for the field of clinical social work. The presentation will conclude with an opportunity for questions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize gaps in the literature when it comes to the assessment and treatment of criminal thinking pattern.
  2. Understand Rational Choice Theory, Differential Association, and Interactionism role within a Bio-Psycho-Social Approach.
  3. Comprehend how a comprehensive individual intervention can generate a successful release.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.