Thinking for a Change

 Thinking for a Change is a cognitive behavioral intervention for individuals involved with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. It focuses on cognitive restructuring aimed at addressing individuals’ thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs; and teaches skills that support pro-social interactions. Each component is presented in a systematic, logical fashion using the standard procedures for cognitive behavioral interventions.

The three components of Thinking for a Change are: cognitive self-change, social skills, and problem solving skills. Cognitive self-change teaches individuals a concrete process for self-reflection aimed at uncovering antisocial thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs. Social skills instruction prepares group members to engage in pro-social interactions based on self-understanding and consideration of the impact of their actions on others. Problem solving skills integrates into the interventions to provide group members with an explicit step-by-step process for addressing challenging and stressful real life situations. The program integrates all three types of interventions.