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For justice involved individuals (drug court, mental health court, etc). Certified training is completed using evidence based curriculums, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) based techniques. Specializing in select classes to support positive reentry and reduce recidivism. The research shows the highest return on reducing recidivism when implemented with integrity of the CBT model. There is strong evidence t (CBT) reduces recidivism among youth and adults (Campbell-Lipsey 2007, Wilson 2005).

Effects are strongest for offenders with a high risk of recidivism (Campbell-Lipsey 2007). CBT can also reduce recidivism by persons who abuse substances (McMurran 2007) and sex offenders (Schmucker 2008). For serious juvenile offenders, CBT is particularly effective at reducing the recurrence of serious crimes (Campbell-Garrido 2007).

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Materials are provided. Services provided in-person upon request, following all CDC guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing. Request a free 15 minute individual consultation, or arrange a registration for a group after reviewing available classes below:

Anger Management

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatments have been found to be effective, time-limited treatments for anger problems (Beck & Fernandez, 1998; Deffenbacher, 1996; Trafate, 1995). Four types of CBT interventions, theoretically unified by principles of social learning theory, are most often used when treating anger disorders: The treatment model described in this manual is a combined CBT approach that employs relaxation, cognitive, and communication skills interventions. Anger Management is a 12-week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment program.

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Matrix Early Recover Skills/Matrix Relapse Prevention (2 tiered group)

The Matrix Intensive Outpatient Treatment for people with Stimulant Use Disorders (IOP) package provides a structured approach for treating adults who abuse or are dependent on stimulant drugs. The approach followed in the treatment
package was developed by the Matrix Institute in Los Angeles, California, and was adapted for this treatment package by the Knowledge Application Program of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Moral Reconation Therapy

Moral Reconation Therapy-MRT® is an effective systematic, cognitive-behavioral approach that treats a wide range of issues including substance abuse, domestic violence, trauma, parenting, job skills, and other issues. The programs are implemented in groups utilizing workbooks directly targeting specific issues.

An objective, systematic treatment system designed to enhance ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth in a progressive, step by step fashion. MRT® has 12 to 16 steps, depending on the treatment population. MRT® attempts to change how offenders make decisions and judgments by raising moral reasoning from Kohlberg’s perspective. Briefly, MRT® seeks to move clients from hedonistic (pleasure vs. pain) reasoning levels to levels where concern for social rules and others becomes important. Research on MRT® has shown that as clients pass steps, moral reasoning increases in adult drug and alcohol offenders and juvenile offenders. MRT focuses on changing criminal attitudes, beliefs, values, thinking pattern, and behaviors.

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Motivation for Change

Motivation for Change is considered an intervention rather than a program. It reduces the resistance participants have to more intensive programming and helps them identify for themselves where they are at in their stage of change with regard to their criminal behaviors, addictions, attitudes, values, and beliefs. This program meets the legal mandate for Substance abuse counseling and is a pre-requisite for all other programming needs

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Thinking for a Change*

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that include cognitive restructuring and skill building. The program is focused on changing destructive attitudes and behaviors that reinforce criminal behavior. The program helps offenders develop problem-solving skills and identify what they are telling themselves to justify breaking a rule or law, and then helps them to come up with new attitudes and beliefs to counter the faulty attitudes and beliefs they already have that keep getting them into trouble. Sometimes, we will ignore a problem until it is too big to handle. This class provides steps to follow on how to manage problems while they are still manageable.

*Pre-requisite Motivation for Change

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Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence-based coping skills approach developed as an integrated treatment for co-morbid issues regarding trauma (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD). It does not require the client to dwell on the past, although it can be combined with trauma-processing methods. The primary goal of Seeking Safety is to promote recovery by assisting the individual in developing strategies to keep them safe from the effects of trauma, and the painful impact of substance use. As the title implies, “Seeking Safety” is the objective.

Sex Offender Psychoeducational Program

The Sex offender curriculum is designed to provide a teaching structure that addresses the following: focus the offender on the reality of harm to his victim (s) regardless of the specific details of his/her conviction; insures that the offender recognizes that he/she made choices throughout every step of the process that ended with his present position in the group and that he must accept responsibility for all choices; provides focus on sexual offending as abuse of power to meet one‘s own needs despite the cost to others; provides a forum for discussion relevant to the task of controlling one‘s behavior for the rest of one‘s life; provides a setting in which the offender can practice new ways of handling feelings and urges.

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Reentry Skills Course

Reentry Skills provide support to offenders as they transition (reentry) to the community. This is done by providing offenders guidance in managing their lives without maladaptive or problem behavior. Additionally, the course establishes effective reentry methods that permeate all levels of affected agencies and organizations to reduce recidivism. Offenders learn about available resources, accessing resources, and living independently after incarceration.

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