Collaborative Case Work with Women (formerly known as the Women Offender Case Management Model (WOCMM)) merges evidence-based and gender-responsive research to enhance outcomes with justice involved women. Professionals are introduced to the guiding principles and core elements of effective practice and to advances in gender-responsive assessment and intervention.
WOCMM is a dynamic, seamless case planning process that begins at sentencing, continues beyond discharge from prison and/or community supervision, and ends when the woman is stabilized in her community.
- requires the woman’s active and collaborative involvement
- promotes the development of an individualized service plan to summarize strengths, challenges and the targets of intervention
- mobilizes existing strengths and helps the woman build new strategies
- works to identify natural supports
- provides a range of professional services and opportunities
- reinforces small successes
- monitors progress and outcomes.
To help women offenders realize success in the community, WOCMM:
- provides a combination of supervision styles, resources and the interventions necessary to help justice involved women achieve success
- encourages community mobilization and partnerships to provide gender-responsive services and advocacy for justice involved women
- provides the opportunity for intensive cross-training to bring together an optimum mix of supports, services and intervention programs for women offenders.