CR/2™ is a communication model designed to foster productive interactions with justice-involved youth and adults. Grounded in cutting-edge research on the neuro-physiology of trauma and resilience, CR/2 translates research on trauma-informed care, evidence-based, and promising interventions into an integrated approach that can enhance outcomes with justice-involved clients. CR/2 was jointly developed by CORE Associates and Orbis Partners.

The CR/2 model and accompanying workbook introduce gender-responsive skills and strategies that have demonstrated positive results in:

  • Enhancing motivation
  • Supporting growth and behavior change
  • Reducing recidivism

CR/2 is relevant for all professionals who work with justice-involved clients including institutional staff, community-based treatment providers, case managers, and those who work in probation and parole. The accompanying workbook includes exercises, case examples, and reflective activities that demonstrate how CR/2 can be used to work more effectively with clients in the moment and across a variety of professional roles, functions and tasks, including:

  • Crisis management and de-escalation
  • Maintaining professional boundaries
  • Conducting assessments, building case plans, facilitating groups
  • Fulfilling operational procedures

CR/2 also includes a self-care component designed to support practitioners as they do this important work.

Training Options
Participants are introduced to CR/2 in a 2-day on-site training or in a 12-hour eTraining course.

Coaching & T4T Resources
We assist agencies to identify and prepare supervisors and other staff for certification as coaches and/or trainers.

CORE is a co-author of The Gender Informed Practice Assessment – Facility Version (GIPA). Funded by the National Institute of Corrections, the GIPA provides facilities with a measured assessment of their adherence to sound principles of gender responsive, evidence-based, and trauma-informed policies, programming and practices, from admission to release. The GIPA empowers organizations with the information they need implement gender responsive, evidence-based, and trauma-informed. It has been used in multiple states and been the catalyst for significant reform efforts.

The GIPA is intended to facilitate department- and facility-level efforts to enhance gender responsive, evidence-based, and trauma-informed approaches to the management and supervision of justice-involved women with the ultimate goals of improving the safety and welfare of staff and women, improving outcomes, reducing recidivism, and increasing community safety.   Because the GIPA process produces such comprehensive information, it also provides an opportunity to identify ways to enhance correctional policies and practices for justice-involved women system-wide.

Developed for agencies that serve girls, the CORE GSPA-II measures an organization’s (community-based, residential, institutional) adherence to gender responsive, trauma-informed and evidence-based practices. The assessment process is designed to bring program functions/departments together to analyze organizational strengths and challenges and co-create improvement plans that increase safety and improve outcomes for staff and girls.

The CORE Gender Responsive Behavior Motivation Model helps organizations integrate cutting-edge research and best practices regarding work with clients into their treatment and discipline protocols. The CORE Model represents a departure away from reactive, punitive approaches and an orientation to prevention and effective methods that motivate individual growth and change. Organizations have used the CORE Model to not only transform behavior management, but improve a variety of organizational policies, practices and outcomes.

CORE’s products can be adapted for use in different sectors (e.g., justice, behavioral health, child welfare, education).