There are two parts to the ACES program: the academic course and the practicum, the accompanying clinical program. Coursework supports the goals of the practicum.
In the semester-long course students receive training from experienced professionals in each area of their work, such as substance abuse, mental illness, interviewing, advocacy, and professional writing. Students explore the major issues in reintegrating offenders through lectures, training videos, and seminar sessions. The ACES class meets once a week on Wednesday night for 2½ hours.
In the practicum students work closely with officials in community agencies in identifying defendant, offender or juvenile needs and assessing their adjustment progress. Students identify community resources to meet those needs and work with individuals to assist them with referrals and advocate for needed services and programs.
The practicum requires 15 hours of work per week for three credits, or 21 to24 hours of work for a six credit course. [A limited number of one-credit practica are available for eight hours of work per week.]
Students may earn three to nine credits for the semester.