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The Pace Institute, LLC
is a trusted provider of the

Thinking for a Change Facilitator's Training Program

Registration open for July 17-21, 2023 Training

Approved for 20 CORE hours in-person (synchronous) contact hours of continuing education by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
LPCA CE Approval #2022-04-04-514M)

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The Pace Institute is hosting a 5-day
Thinking for a Change Facilitator's Training
July 17-21, 2023 in in Morrow, Georgia

10 miles from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)

Individual Registration:

Monday, July 17th, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, July 18th, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday, July 19th, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday, July 20th, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Friday, July 21st, 8 am - 3:30 pm


Agencies, are you interested in an
on-site training at your office? 

Do you have between 4-10 people to train?

For inquiries, contact:

Background of Thinking for a Change (T4C)

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem-solving skills.

T4C is comprised of 25 lessons that build upon each other and contain appendices that can be used to craft an aftercare program to meet the ongoing cognitive behavioral needs of offender groups. Not all lessons can be completed in one session, so a typical delivery cycle may take 30 sessions. Sessions should last between one and two hours. Ideally, the curriculum is delivered two times per week, with a minimum recommended dosage of once per week and a maximum of three times per week. Participants must be granted time to complete mandatory homework between each lesson.

The program is designed to be provided to offender populations - adults and youth, males and females. It is intended for groups of eight to twelve and should be delivered only by trained facilitators. Due to its integrated structure, T4C is a closed group, meaning members need to start at the beginning of a cycle, and may not join the group mid-stream (lesson five is a logical cut-off point for new group members).



Short sleeve tee shirts with Thinking for a Change inspired message. Perfect gifts for program

graduates and for facilitators to

show their T4C pride!

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Facilitator Training Prerequisites

There is no special level of education or professional qualifications required to be trained in the Thinking for a Change program. However, an individual who plans to facilitate the Thinking for a Change program should possess the following characteristics: 1) Believe people, including criminal offenders, can change; 2) Does not easily become frustrated by client participants; 3) Is firm, but fair and nonjudgmental; 4) Is consistent when interacting with client participants; 5) Can communicate in an effective manner (e.g. calm, even voice tone); and 6) Has an understanding of cognitive behavioral interventions.

Facilitator Training Objectives

The 25 modules of the "Thinking for a Change" program (version 4.0) will be covered as a class, and at the end of the training, facilitator trainees will be able to:

  • Describe theoretical foundations of cognitive behavioral approaches;

  • Articulate the core principles and components of the Thinking for a Change program;

  • Demonstrate a cognitive self-change lesson utilizing the Thinking for a Change program;

  • Demonstrate a social skill lesson utilizing the Thinking for a Change program;

  • Demonstrate a problem solving lesson utilizing the Thinking for a Change program;

  • Plan for the implementation of the program within their agency; and

  • Facilitate groups utilizing the Thinking for a Change program.

Instructor: Angela Dash, PhD, PCC

Dr. Dash is a trusted trainer, coach and conflict management professional. She started facilitating the Thinking for a Change group program in 2006 and has facilitated the program to both juvenile and adult populations. After completing the National Institute of Correction’s Thinking for a Change Training for Trainers in 2009, she has delivered over 60 Thinking for a Change facilitator’s trainings and trained over 550 professionals from across the country to become Thinking for a Change facilitators. She also provides mentoring to new facilitators and provides additional training to boost facilitator practice, such as a T4C Advanced Practice Skills (Booster) training and training in motivational interviewing and group facilitation skills. 


License to Use Copyrighted Material

Thinking for a Change 4.0 is copyrighted by its authors Jack Bush, PhD, Barry Glick, PhD, and Juliana Taymans, PhD. The authors have granted The Pace Institute, LLC and its’ President, Angela E. Dash, Ph.D., a non-exclusive license to use the copyrighted material for commercial gain. Parties wishing to gain authorization to sell or use Thinking for a Change 4.0 copyrighted materials for commercial gain, should also request the explicit permission of the authors. For more information, contact

Completion of Training Does Not Mean "Certified" or "Licensed"

Although it is highly recommended, in support of program fidelity and integrity, that one completes at least a 32-hour training program before facilitating a Thinking for a Change group, there is no credentialing process in becoming a Thinking for a Change Facilitator. Therefore, completing a Thinking for a Change facilitator's training program does not make one a "Certified Thinking for a Change Facilitator" nor a "Licensed Thinking for a Change Facilitator." Those are credentials that do not exist at all - even with the National Institute of Corrections - the agency who produces the program. However, completing facilitators will be provided a certificate documenting their successful completion of a 32-hour Thinking for a Change Facilitators’ Training Program delivered by a trainer who has been trained by the National Institute of Corrections, to train other facilitators. Successful completion requires attending and participating in the entire training.

This is Training for Facilitators, NOT Trainers

The Thinking for a Change Facilitator's training is NOT the same as the Thinking for a Change Train-the-Trainer class. While this Thinking for a Change Facilitator’s training prepares individuals to facilitate Thinking for a Change groups, it does not prepare individuals to train other facilitators to facilitate groups. In order to protect the fidelity of this evidence-based program, it is strongly discouraged by The Pace Institute, as well as the program’s producer – the National Institute of Corrections, for individuals to train other facilitators in the Thinking for a Change program, without at least all of the following qualifications:


  1. Completion of a Thinking for a Change Facilitator’s training of a minimum of 32 hours (this can be obtained by attending this training offered by The Pace Institute);

  2. Facilitation of at least two full cycles of Thinking for a Change groups; and

  3. Completion of a Thinking for a Change Train the Trainer training program.


The Pace Institute only offers the Thinking for a Change Facilitator’s training program. It does not offer the advanced training – “Thinking for a Change Train the Trainer” training program. For more information on advanced training opportunities for qualified Thinking for a Change facilitators who have completed the minimum Thinking for a Change Facilitator’s training and facilitated at least two full cycles of Thinking for a Change groups, contact Angela Dash of The Pace Institute at

Thinking for a Change Facilitators' Training Program Graduates

Newnan, Georgia

Brunswick, Georgia

Clarkston, Georgia

Florence, South Carolina

Phoenix, Arizona

Newnan, Georgia

Peachtree City, Georgia

Houston, Texas

Brunswick, Georgia

Ironton, Ohio

North Canton, Ohio

Folsom, California

Los Angeles, California

North Canton, Ohio

North Canton, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Cartersville, Georgia


North Canton, Ohio

Pomeroy, Ohio

North Canton, Ohio

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Macon, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Cartersville, Georgia

San Francisco, California

North Miami, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

San Leandro, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Columbus, Georgia

Los Angeles, California

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Lesley K - Mountain Valley Counseling Associates, Phoenix, AZ

I am impressed with Angela's training skill and style. She is energetic and easy to pay attention to. I found her extra insights from her own experiences with delivering T4C to be especially helpful. This was a great learning opportunity and I feel equipped to implement and facilitate a T4C program.

Pamela W - Circle Park Behavioral Health Services, Florence, SC

Angela is energetic and knowledgeable in T4C and is very creative in her demonstration. She is patient and addressed all questions and concerns thoroughly. I highly recommend that anyone wishing to be trained in T4C seek a training with Angela.

Rhonda J - Grace Harbour Behavioral Services, Peachtree City, GA

The training was great. I learned a great deal and as a result of this training, I am sold on the Thinking for a Change program. I grew both personally and professionally as a result of my participation in this training.

Stacey H - Spectrum Outreach Services,

Ironton, OH

All I can say is Wow! This program exceeded my expectations. There is no way someone could properly facilitate this program without training...Thank you, Angela!

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