U.S. Department of Justice

Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program. Version 3.1 (Upcoming Release 4.0)

Publication year: 2011 | Cataloged on: May. 12, 2011

Library ID

  • 025057

Other Information

  • 2011
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As a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances correctional practice and public policy, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is committed to making available to corrections agencies across the country the most current, evidence based curriculum. Furthermore, NIC is dedicated to the pursuit of program fidelity, quality assurance and effective delivery of this long standing cognitive behavioral intervention program.

To that end, the Thinking for a Change curriculum is being revised and as a result NIC is no longer making available copies of any previous versions of Thinking for a Change. NIC strongly recommends all agencies currently using any other previous version of the Thinking for a Change curriculum obtain and begin using the new version once it is officially released in 2016.

In preparation for the upcoming release, NIC invites you to express your interest in obtaining version 4.0. To ensure the program is delivered with fidelity, NIC will be implementing new criteria to obtain the curriculum. NIC’s intent is to increase the likelihood those delivering the program are properly trained and equipped to deliver this program to correctional clients with fidelity.

If you are currently accessing the on-line version of 3.1 to facilitate groups, please contact: The Information Center at 800-877-1461 or 303-338-6635 to obtain temporary assistance in accessing the curriculum. Once Thinking for a Change 4.0 is released you will be instructed further on how to obtain access to the new on-line curriculum. Thank you for your patience as we make this exciting new transition.

Thumbnail preview NOTE: The Thinking for a Change curriculum is being revised and as a result NIC is no longer making available copies of any previous versions of Thinking for a Change.

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is the innovative, evidence-based cognitive behavioral curriculum from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that has broadly influenced the correctional field and the way correctional facilitators work with offenders and inmates. The program can be delivered to correctional clients by facilitators who have been trained to do so. Studies have shown that, when implemented with integrity, it can reduce recidivism among offenders. Lessons comprising this manual are: introduction; social skill-active listening; social skill—asking questions; social skill-giving feedback; social skill-knowing your feelings; cognitive self-change—thinking controls our behavior; cognitive self-change step 1—pay attention to our thinking; cognitive self-change step 2—recognizing risk; cognitive self-change step 3—use new thinking; thinking check-in; social skill—understanding the feelings of others; social skill—making a complaint; social skill—apologizing; social skill—responding to anger; social skill—negotiating; introduction to problem solving; problem solving skill 1—stop and think; problem solving skill 2—state the problem; problem solving skill 3—set a goal and gather information; problem solving practice skills 1-3; problem solving skill 4—think of choices and consequences; problem solving skill 5—make a plan; problem solving skill 6—do and evaluate; problem solving application; next steps; cognitive self-change—aftercare skill practice; social skill—aftercare skill practice; and problem solving—aftercare skill practice.

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