Kasey Odell

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Shelly Smith-Acuña

First Committee Member

Lavita Nadkarni

Second Committee Member

Christopher Morley


This paper will cover the relevant research regarding offender rehabilitation and review interpersonal, i ntrapersonal , and external factors contributing to criminal recidi vism. Several treatment models utilized in offender reintegration treatment are discussed including cognitive behavioral approaches, social learning theories, and relapse prevention strategies. As explored in this paper, these approaches are believed to be missing two key elements: an emphasis on prosocial support networks and the ability of the therapeutic relationship to create these prosocial networks. Clinical case examp les are presented to demonstrate the role of the therapeutic relationship in encouraging, modeling, and establishing prosocial support networks to bolster successful offender reintegration.