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Thinking for a Change (T4C): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Where will NIC offer facilitator training in FY 2018?

T4C facilitator training as well as T4C Training for Trainers in FY 2018 will be announced soon.







NIC is currently accepting applications to host Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training. Interested corrections agencies should review the T4C Host Agency Information Packet . More information below.


How does NIC offer Thinking for a Change Facilitator Training?


NIC offers the Thinking for a Change Facilitator Training to correctional agencies in a 44-hour blended learning experience. The program is provided in partnership with a corrections agency. The program includes:
  • 6 Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) sessions
  • Inter-Session Work (independent study/practice).
  • 1 Instructor Led Training (ILT) program.

Typically, all event and activities are scheduled within a seven week timeframe. This allows participants to complete inter-session work between the VILTs and the ILT. The ILT portion of the training is conducted onsite at the corrections agency site. A course overview and sample agenda are available in the T4C Host Agency Information Packet.

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Is there a cost for the NIC Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training?


There are no fees charged for NIC's Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training. However, there are commitments that the hosting corrections agency must make to ensure a successful learning experience. These requirements are listed in the Host Agency Checklist located in the T4C Host Agency Information Packet.

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How can my corrections agency host a Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training?


NIC is currently accepting applications to host Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training. Interested corrections agencies should review the T4C Host Agency Information Packet to see if they are prepared to host the training. When an agency is ready, they should submit a letter of interest written by the Chief Executive Officer describing the agencies need and agency commitment to the successful implementation of the program. The letter should be emailed to NICT4C@bop.gov

We are accepting applications from agencies for FY2018 which begins October 1, 2017.

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Can staff from my agency attend a Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training program that is being hosted at another agency?


NIC is currently working on a process to promote the availability of training at a specific host agency site. If the hosting agency agrees to the attendance of participants from outside agencies, the travel costs associated with the ILT session will be the responsibility of the visiting participant or agency. More information will be available soon on this topic.

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I don't work for a government corrections organization, how can I access T4C Facilitator training?


NIC only provides the facilitator training to governmental correctional agencies and is not able to include non-profit or private agencies or citizens in its training programs. However, if you work for a private provider of services to a government corrections organization (a jail, a prison or a community corrections organization (probation or parole agency), you may be eligible.

Your agency can request Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training from NIC directly, with a letter included from the agency CEO of the government corrections agency that your agency is statutorily required to provide services to and/or contractually provides services to, endorsing your private provider of service organization request to NIC. This letter must accompany the request to NIC.

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I received facilitator training on a previous version of Thinking For A Change, do I need additional training to use the 4.0 curriculum?


If you have completed a formal Thinking for A Change facilitator training program from NIC, you can use the updated 3.1 curriculum without further training. There is no requirement for facilitators to take an additional course to use the updated version.

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Are there any best practice recommendations for delivery of the Thinking For A Change program to clients?


Yes, program fidelity and integrity are critical to program success so it is important to follow the curriculum as designed. Following are some best practice recommendations:
  • Use two trained facilitators,
  • Deliver two sessions each week,
  • Target the right clients, these are medium- to high-risk offenders,
  • Ensure that each client in the group has the opportunity to try every skill during the class,
  • Ensure that clients complete the intersession homework
  • Make sure all clients receive feedback.

It is also important that the program be completed from beginning to end due to the integrated nature of the program.

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Is there a Copyright on the Thinking for a Change Program?

Thinking for a Change is copyrighted by its authors Jack Bush, PhD, Barry Glick, PhD, and Juliana Taymans, PhD, with certain rights retained by NIC. The National Institute of Corrections reserves the right to reproduce, publish, translate, or otherwise use, and to authorize others to publish and use all or part of the copyrighted material contained in this publication for any federal government purposes. Parties other than NIC are not authorized to sell or use these copyrighted materials for commercial gain except with the explicit permission of the authors. For more information, see NIC's Copyright page at http://nicic.gov/copyright.

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Does NIC offer a Thinking for A Change Certified Facilitator credential?


No, NIC does not currently offer a Certified Facilitator Credential.

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I'm a trained facilitator who has conducted lots of Thinking for A Change groups. Can I train other staff in my agency to facilitate Thinking for a Change?


NIC recommends that facilitators complete a Thinking for a Change train the trainer program before they train others. Program fidelity and integrity are critical to T4C program success so it is important that staff are qualified to train other trainers.

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Is Thinking for a Change 4.0 available in other languages?


NIC does not currently have the T4C curriculum available for distribution in languages other than English. Agencies who are delivering T4C are strongly encouraged, based on their client population needs, to have the English version of T4C 4.0 translated to ensure fidelity in the curriculum's delivery to non-English speaking participants.

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Recommended Reading

Date Title Type
2016
Document 032650
Thinking for a Change 4.0
By Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Thinking for a Change 4.0 (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 is comprised of 25 lessons that build upon each other, and contains appendices that can be used to craft an ... Read More
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