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(p. 89) STEPPS in Correctional Settings 

(p. 89) STEPPS in Correctional Settings
(p. 89) STEPPS in Correctional Settings

Nancee S. Blum

and Donald W. Black

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date: 31 May 2020

This chapter describes STEPPS in Iowa correctional systems and elsewhere, as well as the US federal prison system. The program was introduced to the Iowa correctional system in 2005; data show that it is effective in reducing symptoms specific to borderline personality disorder. In addition, STEPPS has been shown to boost mood, reduce disciplinary infractions, and reduce self-harm behaviors. The advantages over other BPD treatment programs in prison settings include the relatively short 20-week length of STEPPS, which is very important because offenders have varying sentence lengths and are transferred or released (or receive parole/probation status) without notice. The program is easily learned by therapists strapped for time, since corrections-based therapists have little time for extensive additional training and budgets are tight. The STEPPS manual can be used “as-is” in prisons and community corrections without extensive modifications. Last, the authors describe potential problems of implementing the program in prisons.

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