Reintegration and Recovery:
Our program began in July 28, 2007 with the restructuring and relocation of the wards Trusty and Gateway to the Rockies inmates are housed. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Detention Bureau established a reintegration project for sentenced inmates serving from 3 to 24 months at the El Paso County Jail with the goal of reducing post-release recidivism for new and Contempt of Court charges. This multi-disciplinary approach encompasses three components. First, education conducted by a licensed contractor to include intensive education and counseling that focuses on reintegration and recovery. Further, all education and therapy services received by the participants must be such that they will be given credit by any State or legal mandating agencies, such as the State of Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles, the State of Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board, the Department of Human Services, the Colorado Division of Adult Parole, and the 4th Judicial District Probation Department. Second, Case Management specific to the offender’s identified issues resulting in criminality to include:
- Identifying and attempting to resolve any resistance to change the illegal and/or problematic attitudes and behaviors that ultimately result in a return to custody.
- Provide the inmate participants with a network of social services agencies and community-based organizations that can provide these and any other needed services post-release for example medical/dental health treatment.
- Assist the inmate participants in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community as law-abiding citizens such as family reunification, housing, employment and vocational training, as well as “work” which will require the offender to maintain a schedule and commitment to a work ethic.
Thinking for a Change
Cognitive behavioral training and interpersonal communication skills development have been identified as the therapeutic interventions that are most often associated with individual success. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is a cognitive behavioral program that integrates the principles of cognitive self change and cognitive skill training to provide a multi-dimensional approach to learning social, thinking, and problem solving skills.
Self Assessment Focus
The curriculum incorporates self-assessment as part of each lesson. Participants learn how to report on situations (risks) that could lead to negative behavior and to identify their thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs that may lead them to offending. Each lesson provides inmates the opportunity to practice and demonstrate new skills learned by role-playing.
Cognitive Skills, Intervention, and Restructuring
These skills provide the identification of thinking patterns that produce negative behavior. The help in developing self-control over maladaptive thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
Social skills are the baseline skills to help persons who have difficulties relating to other people. These are skills used everyday as well as in stressful situations.
Teaches a five step process for handling difficulties.
These three components are then integrated into a total cognitive skills package.
The T4C program is appropriate for a wide range of participants. The format was designed so that sessions are accessible and meaningful for individuals of varying social, emotional, and intellectual abilities. The self-insight and interpersonal skills that are learned in T4C are also applicable to other treatment programs, either provided simultaneously or consecutively with T4C.
Ideal Participants / Circumstances
Probationers First-Offenders Repeat Offenders
House Arrest Juvenile Offenders Alternative Sentencing
Day Reporting Supplemental to Primary Treatment
The T4C curriculum is comprised of 22 basic sessions, 1.5 hrs. per session. T4C is designed to be delivered as a "close-ended" group, however, we are currently offering a number of groups to accommodate varied schedules. Sessions are offered twice a week for approximately 11 weeks.
The Education Phase is comprised of elective classes to further enhance the skills learned in the T4C phase.
- Basic Writing
- Basic Math
- Book Discussion Groups
- Study Skills
- Resumes and Cover Letters
- Strategies of Financial Success
- Business Plans
- GED Classes
- School Grants and College Enrollment
- Beginning Spanish Class
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