Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Cognitive Behavioral Program for Offenders on Probation

Thinking for a Change

About the Course:

This research study evaluated the efficacy of a specific cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections for adult offenders on probation (Thinking for a Change). Pro-criminal attitudes, social skills, and interpersonal problem solving skills were evaluated for program completers, program dropouts, and a comparison group. These groups were also followed for three months to one-year after completion of the program and assessed for recidivism, as measured by new criminal offenses and technical violations of probation. The results of this study are discussed in detail, as well as recommendations for practice and future research.

Journal/Publisher:

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Publication Date:

2002

Author

Lori Golden, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about cognitive-behavioral intervention strategies. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the rationale and process of the cognitive-behavioral program utilized in this study (Thinking for a Change/T4C).

  2. Discuss the risk factors for criminal behavior, the debate about the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and the ongoing need for effective programming for offenders in order to reduce recidivism.

  3. Describe the purpose, methodology, and results of this study, including implications and recommendations for programming and future research.

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