U.S. Department of Justice

Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program. Version 3.1

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

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  • 025057

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  • 2011
  • 1 data DVD + 1 video DVD

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Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.

T4C is designed for delivery to small groups in 25 lessons and can be expanded on to meet the needs of specific participant group. The curriculum was developed by Barry Glick, Ph.D., Jack Bush, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections.

The T4C program is used in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation, and parole supervision settings. Participants include adults and juveniles, males and females. More than 8,000 correctional staff have been trained as T4C group facilitators. More than 400 trainers in 80-plus agencies are preparing additional staff to facilitate the program with offenders.

Correctional agencies can consider Thinking for a Change as one option in a continuum of interventions to address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of their offender populations.

Which edition do I need?

This package is available in two editions:
  • Online Edition: This is an online-only edition that provides access to all lesson plans, slides, supplemental material and videos, needed to facilitate this program. This edition is always available and can be a great version to use if you just want to download specific pieces at time, would like to preview the program contents, or plan to deliver the lessons from a Internet-connected laptop or tablet.
  • PC Edition: This edition is for use on a PC and must be ordered from the NIC Information Center. It works exactly like the online edition, but does not require Internet access. Select this option if you need a version that does not require Internet access or you will be using a TV/DVD to view the videos during the lesson.

Thumbnail preview ANNOTATION: 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. This set of two DVDs include: the manual, PowerPoint presentations, “Thinking for a Change: Sustaining Program Integrity after Implementation” videoconference held April 28, 2004 (playing time of 159 minutes), “Thinking for a Change 3.0” satellite/internet broadcast held May 11, 2011 (playing time of 158 minutes), and video vignettes (playing time of 20 minutes). The other DVD is comprised of the same video vignettes (playing time of 20 minutes).
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