Thinking for a Change, Group Facilitator Training, 32 hours
This course trains deputies to facilitate the Thinking for a Change groups. When facilitated with offenders the “groups” teach social skills, problem-solving skills, and cognitive self-change. This cognitive-behavioral program, developed by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), is free, and additional resources are easily accessed through NIC’s website. The principle of the program is that “thinking controls behavior.” If you change and redirect an offender’s thinking, you can change his/her actions and reduce criminal behavior. This is an intensive four-day training course that enables staff to run groups. This is a two-instructor course. The instructors studied with and were certified by the Thinking for a Change co-author.