The evidence-based Thinking for a Change Program develops participants' social and problem solving skills through role-play activities and demonstrations. It teaches participants how to create change in their thinking and behavior in order to make better decisions in their daily lives.
The three components of this 25-lesson cognitive behavioral program are:
1. Cognitive self-change,
2. Social skills, and
3. Problem solving skills.
Length of program: It is recommended that the program be taught in 1-2 hour sessions, at least two times per week. Program delivery can take up to four months to complete.
Target Audience: The Thinking for a Change program enhances conflict and communication skills, enriches relationships, and helps participants to make decisions that minimize negative consequences. Because of these life essential skills learned through participating in the Thinking for a Change progam, it is appropriate and beneficial to a wide-range audience. For example, it can be used as a development program for staff and students, and as an intervention program for juvenile and adult offender populations.
Program facilitators: Our facilitators are National Institute of Corrections' approved and have experience delivering the program to both juvenile and adult populations.
Number of participants: In support of maintaining program integrity, the ideal number of participants should be no less than eight and no more than twelve.
If your organization is interested in training staff to become NIC approved Thinking for a Change Facilitators, our T4C Facilitator Trainers can provide on-site training. At the end of the Facilitator's Training, participants will be able to:
Length of training: The training is four days and conducted over the course of two consecutive Saturday-Sunday weekends.
Target Audience: Anyone who is interested in delivering the Thinking for a Change program in his or her organization or private practice is an ideal participant of the Facilitator's Training. There is no special level of education or professional qualifications required to participate.
Trainers: To protect the efficacy of training delivery and to ensure the most significant learning experience for participants, The Pace Institute, LLC delivers the four day training with two trainers. The co-trainers are trained and experienced facilitators and trainers of the program.
Training Benefits: Completion of the T4C Facilitator Training delivered by The Pace Institute constitutes as a National Institute of Corrections' approved T4C Facilitator Training. After completion of our T4C Facilitator's Training by our Master, participants will have the knowledge and skills necessary to implement and facilitate the T4C curriculum with program integrity. Our training is also the first step towards becoming a Thinking for a Change Certified Facilitator (T4C-CF) - a credential offered and administered by the Center for Credentialing and Education in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the T4C program authors. See http://www.cce-global.org/T4CCF for more information about this new national credential.
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