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Cooperative Agreement - 23AC01 - Thinking for a Change Curriculum Revision (T4C 5.0) English and Spanish Version Project

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16 Dec 2022

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem-solving skills.

T4C comprises 25 lessons that build upon each other and contains appendices that can be used to craft an aftercare program to meet the ongoing cognitive behavioral needs of a group. Not all lessons can be completed in one session, so a typical delivery cycle may take 30 sessions. Sessions should last between one and two hours. Ideally, the curriculum is delivered twice per week, with a minimum recommended dosage of once per week and a maximum recommended dosage of three times per week. Participants must be granted time to complete mandatory homework between each lesson.

The program is designed to be used with justice-involved adults and youth, males and females. It is intended for groups of eight to twelve and should be delivered only by trained facilitators. Due to its integrated structure, T4C is a closed group program, meaning members must start at the beginning of a cycle and may not join the group mid-stream (lesson five is a logical cut-off point for new group members).

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This project aims to update and revise the current TJC microsite to provide criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support the transition and reentry efforts of justice-involved adults.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 3, 2023.

Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered.


The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include:

  1. Participation in planning and quarterly meetings with the designated NIC Project Manager
  2. Reviewing all information and products related to NIC’s Transition from Jails to Community (TJC) Initiative (e.g., online toolkit, project bulletins/reports, readiness protocol, video clips, etc.)
  3. Identification of subject matter experts in collaboration with the NIC Project Manager and facilitation of key informant focus group
  4. Submission of quarterly reports to document project progress
  5. Submission of a white paper to provide a synopsis of the findings while also providing recommendations for next steps related to the implementation of a national reentry model.

In addition, the awardee will collaborate with the project manager to explore a procedure for providing professional certification and/or continuing education units for completing training modules.


The successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities. Cooperative agreement objectives and the deliverables include:

  1. Participation in a planning meeting with the designated NIC project manager
  2. Oversight of the completion of a comprehensive review of information related to TJC
  3. Review and selection of TJC pre-existing video clips to enhance the TJC microsite.
  4. Provision of (6-8) subject matter experts in collaboration with designation by the NIC project manager
  5. Facilitation of a key informant focus group 6. Submission of a comprehensive work plan, including a timeline for all objectives and deliverables
  6. Submission of a white paper specific to the research findings and initiative recommendations
  7. Submission of quarterly reports to document project progress
  8. Documentation of updates and revisions for NIC’s reentry microsite (TJC Toolkit)
  9. Submission of all documents in Word and/or PDF format as advised by the NIC project manager
  10. Conformance to Section 508 and the Plain Writing Act of 2010 for all electronic deliverables, including microsite content
  11. Co-facilitation of a Web-based information session to market the revised reentry resource(s) in collaboration with the designated NIC project manager using approved methods (e.g., microsite, white paper, email).

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.