Office of Community Corrections Assessment Training

State of Colorado
Standardized Offender Assessment Revised (SOA-R) Training

General Information

The State of Colorado has will coordinate several inter-agency training's on the SOA-R process. These free training's are open to staff from State Probation Departments, Community Corrections Programs, and the Department of Corrections including Parole and TASC.

For additional information regarding SOA-R Training, please contact Chrystal Owin via e-mail at


Course Information

Basic Training:

   Description: The Full Training is a two-day course designed for new community corrections staff who have had no formal SOA-R training in the past from the State of Colorado (or Correctional Management, Inc). It is also appropriate for current staff who have received informal SOA-R training only. Trainees will learn to administer and interpret all instruments in the SOA-R process including the Simple Screening Instrument-Revised (SSI-R), the Level of Supervision Inventory (LSI), the Adult Substance Use Survey-Revised (ASUS-R), and the Service/Treatment Recommendation Worksheet (TxRW). Trainees will also learn the interview skills necessary to administer the SOA-R process and will learn the basic stages of change model. Staff will also learn to administer the Colorado Criminal Justice Mental Health Screen for Adults (CCJMHS-A) and all procedures recommended to make a mental health referral for offenders with potential mental health issues


Advanced Training:

   Description: The Advanced Training is a one-day course that is required for all community corrections case management and clinical staff in order to complete their SOA-R training certification. The course is required three (3) months after successful completion of the formal SOA-R training. After staff have been formally trained on the SOA-R process and have practical experience with the SOA-R instruments and process, they will return for two more days of advanced training. Trainees will learn an advanced application of the SOA-R process. Emphasis will be placed on several case studies in order to provide a deeper and broader application of the SOA-R process as well as case planning. Staff will not be considered to have completed the SOA-R training until they have successfully completed an Advanced Training course.

   Prerequisite: To be eligible to attend the Advanced Training, trainees must have successfully completed the two-day BASIC Training. Additionally, trainees must also have administered the SOA-R process to offenders for a minimum of three months.
**Please Bring All Training Materials From The Basic Training Class

These training's are open on a first come, first serve basis with a maximum class size of 25 people in the Basic training and 20 people in the Advanced training.

  • Trainees are encouraged to dress comfortably and casually for the SOA-R training classes depending on their agency dress code policies and procedures.
  • Also, the DCJ does not provide food or snacks at these training's.  
  • Trainees are encouraged to bring their own food, beverage, and snacks to the training as well.

In order to register for a course in SOA-R, you must access the online tool and create a student account. This account will be used to register for the course and can be used again to register for other courses offered in the course catalog. You will NOT receive unwanted emails or solicitations by creating a student account. Rather, the information you provide will be used to send you confirmation of your registration and any important announcements about your class(es) such as instructions, reminders, cancellations, or changes in location.


For additional information regarding SOA-R Training, please contact Chrystal Owin via e-mail at