The Skill Sets and Health Care Needs of Released Offenders. Table 1. Definitions of Individual Skill Sets


Table 1. Definitions of Individual Skill Sets

Re-Entry SkillsDefinitions/Outcomes
Academic SkillsParticipates and progresses in educational activities commensurate with ability and occupation to serve as foundational skills for other re-entry skills. Reads, writes and utilizes basic arithmetic at a level necessary to function in a correctional environment and in society.
Vocational Skills/ Correctional WorkAcquires and maintains employment in order to fulfill financial obligations, engage in purposeful activity, develop abilities useful in the acquisition and maintenance of post-release employment and pursuit of career goals.
Interpersonal Skills (Parenting, Normative Relationships)Relates appropriately and effectively with staff, peers, visitors, family, coworkers, neighbors, and members of the community observing basic social conventions and rules. Maintains healthy family and community ties. Avoids negative interpersonal influences.
Leisure Time SkillsEngages in meaningful recreational activities and hobbies making positive use of free time and facilitating stress management and favorable peer affiliations.
Cognitive SkillsEngages in accurate self-appraisal and goal setting. Solves problems effectively, maintains self-control and displays pro-social values.
Spirituality/Ethical SkillsDisplays capacity for self-reflection and consideration of meaning in life in relation to a particular faith or personal philosophy.
Daily Living SkillsDisplays independent living skills commensurate with institution or community opportunities to include maintenance of a clean residence, a responsible budget to include a savings account, meal preparation, appropriate personal hygiene and appearance and proper etiquette. Obtains and maintains a legal residence and any necessary transportation. Obeys institution rules and regulations and local, state and federal laws.
Wellness Skills Self-Help ModelMaintains physical well-being through health promotion and disease prevention strategies such as a healthy lifestyle and habits and routine medical care. Obtains necessary treatment for acute and chronic medical conditions.
Mental Health Skills (Substance Abuse, Sexual Predation)Maintains sound mental health through avoidance of substance abuse/dependence and other self-destructive behaviors and through use of effective coping techniques. Participates in appropriate medication and/or treatment regime as necessary to address any acute or chronic mental health issues.
Accountability SkillsAssumes responsibility for own behaviors. Recognizes and accepts the short-term and long-term consequences of actions.