Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. It is a systematic step-by-step treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive, productive identity, and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. The program is designed to help individuals change their attitudes, behaviors, beliefs and encourages goal setting.
Developed in 1985 by Gregory Little, Ed.D., and Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D., more than 120 published reports have documented that MRT-treated offenders show significantly lower recidivism for periods as long as 20 years after treatment. Studies show MRT-treated offenders have rearrest and re-incarceration rates 25% to 75% lower than expected.
MRT In Community and In Jail groups, in which participants present homework assigned at each of 12 MRT steps, are held once a week. There are 3 to 12 participants in each MRT group and one MRT-trained facilitator. Clients use a workbook titled "How To Escape Your Prison." All MRT groups are open-ended meaning new clients can enter a group at any time and be incorporated into the program by referral though Circuit Court Probation. Research shows that MRT works equally well with male and female clients.
Thinking Matters is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that is newly offered to eligible individuals. Much like MRT, Thinking Matters is a treatment strategy designed to enhance self-image, promote growth of a positive, productive identity, and facilitate the development of higher stages of moral reasoning. It is a cognitive restructuring program that forces individuals to examine the core attitudes and beliefs that motivate their thinking patterns and behaviors. The program is designed to help individuals change their attitudes, behaviors, beliefs and encourages goal setting. It attempts to make individuals aware of critical reasoning errors that lead them to repeat illegal, negative, or destructive behaviors.
Staying Quit is a Cognitive-Behavioral relapse prevention program. Most relapse prevention workbooks are so detailed and intricate that the materials are too complicated for typical clients. Staying Quit is an 8-session program that helps clients avoid a relapse by recognizing risky situations, coping with urges and cravings, being around users, understanding support issues, and taking charge. The materials help y clients understand which situations and people may trigger a relapse.
The Anger Management program provides cognitive behavioral treatment based group counseling to male and female offenders with anger management issues. The program helps the offender identify anger management issues; learn anger management skills and alternatives to anger. The sessions are designed to illustrate the key conceptual components of the program, be interactive, and include weekly homework assignments for group participants. Each group meets one time per week for approximately 6-8 weeks.
Offenders who've spent years in the criminal justice system often struggle to maintain a job, or to see the value of steady employment. An offender may also struggle to find an employer that will hire a person with a criminal background. Most lack the skills or confidence to find meaningful employment, a key step to community reintegration. Job Readiness is a cognitive behavioral program for job readiness that addresses these issues. The materials explain what a "good employee" is and help participants make a self-assessment, set work goals and habits, and know how to get and keep a job as well as how and why people get promoted.
Community Service is a work based program for offenders in lieu of jail. Offenders cannot have a charge on the ineligible offense list and may not have been unsuccessfully terminated from community corrections programs within the last two years. Offenders have to be sentenced felons or misdemeanants. The program provides screening, assessment, placement and monitoring of sentenced male and female felony offenders who are ordered by the 12th District Court or 4th Circuit Court to complete a specific number of hours. The work is labor intensive and performed in a group setting under close supervision.