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Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. For trainers, NIC offers T4C offender program materials and a curriculum for training program facilitators. NIC can also assist agencies in training staff to facilitate the program.

Designed for delivery to small groups in 25 lessons, the T4C program can be expanded to meet the needs of specific participant groups. Members of prisons, jails, community corrections, probation, and parole supervision settings can all use the T4C program. Participants can include adults and juveniles or males and females. More than 400 trainers in 80-plus agencies are preparing additional staff to facilitate the program with offenders, and more than 8,000 correctional staff have been trained as T4C group facilitators.

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.

T4C developers include Barry Glick, Ph.D.; Jack Bush, Ph.D.; and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D. in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections.

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Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
Document 025057
Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program
By Bush, Jack; Glick, Barry; Taymans, Juliana. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
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... Read More
1 data DVD + 1 video DVD
Document 025533
Thinking for a Change and Cognitive-Behavioral Programs Annotated Bibliography
By NIC Information Center. National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
"This brief bibliography contains research supporting Thinking for a Change as well as CBT [cognitive-behavioral treatment] programs for offenders generally" (p. 2). Seven resources are included regarding the Thinking for a Change Offender Behavior Program along with 24 items about cognitive-behavioral programs (some of these discussing T4C among others), and four covering T4C's effectiveness with youth.... Read More
16 pages

Available Training Opportunities

  • Starts Jun. 01, 2015 - Thinking for a Change: Train the Trainer
    This training for trainers learning experience will equip participants that satisfactorily pass course requirements to use NIC’s Thinking for a Change Facilitator Training curriculum in their own agencies.
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