Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | October 18, 2010

10/18/2010 Host Barbara Boerger Speaks with Jennifer Holcolmb about “Thinking for a Change.”

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. NIC (National Institute of Corrections) makes available the T4C offender program materials plus a curriculum for training program facilitators. NIC also can assist agencies in training staff to facilitate the program.

T4C is designed for delivery to small groups in 22 lessons and can be expanded on to meet the needs of specific participant group. The curriculum was developed by Barry Glick, Ph.D., Jack Bush, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections.

The T4C program is used in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation, and parole supervision settings. Participants include adults and juveniles, males and females. More than 6,000 correctional staff have been trained as T4C group facilitators. More than 300 trainers in 30-plus agencies are preparing additional staff to facilitate the program with offenders.

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.

The facilitator for this program in Humboldt County is Jennifer Holcolmb.

Humboldt County Probation Department: http://co.humboldt.ca.us/prob/

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