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.
Whether used by schools to teach students’ critical life skills, or by correctional and probation agencies to reduce juvenile or adult offender recidivism, the evidence based Thinking for a Change Program develops participants’ social and problem solving skills through demonstrations and role-play activities and it teaches participants how to create change in their thinking and behavior in order to make better decisions in their daily lives.
Cognitive self-change teaches individuals a concrete process for self-awareness aimed at uncovering risky thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. It is taught by using the simple principle that our thinking controls our behavior and to change our behavior, we must change our thinking.
Social skills instruction prepares participants to engage in pro-social interactions based on self-awareness and consideration of the impact their actions will have on others. Participants learn how to: actively listen, ask questions, appropriately respond to other’s anger, give feedback to others, effectively communicate apologies, negotiate, effectively communicate a complaint, understand the feelings of others, and recognize one’s own feelings.
Problem solving skills combines both the cognitive self-change and social skill components together to provide participants with a specific step by step process for addressing challenging and stressful real life situations and conflict.
Background of T4C
The Thinking for a Change program was developed over a decade ago by Barry Glick, PhD, Jack Bush, PhD, and Juliana Taymans,Phd, in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections. This highly regarded evidence based program has been recently updated to the 3.1 curriculum and is validated by research to positively impact recidivism outcomes of juvenile and adult offenders as compared to control groups.
THINKING FOR A CHANGE PROGRAM DELIVERY
Thinking for a Change (T4C) program is made up of activities and concepts that group members learn to apply to their daily life situations. T4C groups are usually 0ne to two hours in duration, with 8 -12 participants attending. This curriculum has 25 lesson plans with the option of AFTERCARE lessons. AFTERCARE groups would be defined by a group time when participants could meet and practice/apply the tools and skills learned to their real life problems/situations.
THINKING FOR A CHANGE FACILITATOR TRAINING
Our experience facilitators are certified and qualified by the National Institute of Corrections to deliver the T4C Program in various group participant settings. Victoria Wayner is a NIC certified T4C Trainer. Victoria Wayner and Team are qualified to deliver the 4 day facilitator training and upon completion the participants will have the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and facilitate the T4C curriculum in their organizations.