Cognitive Skills / Recidivism Reduction Group
This intervention is grounded in the idea that our feelings and behaviors are directed by our thoughts, not by external factors, such as people, situations, or events. The benefit of this knowledge is the understanding that we can change the way we think to change the way we feel and act, even if the external situation does not change. Clients experience greater success as they increase their self-awareness and gain understanding of the process of change. This approach is based on the scientifically supported data that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned. Therefore, the goal of counseling is to help clients unlearn their unwanted reactions (including criminal behavior) while learning new ways of reacting. SAGE teaches clients about the effects of their current problem-solving styles in order to gain the knowledge necessary to develop healthy lives. This group is designed to instill values, increase empathy, promote positive changes, and enhance pro-social behavior.
Parenting classes assist clients in enhancing their current skills, as well as developing and rehearsing new skills. Appropriate strategies for dealing with difficult parenting situations are addressed, as well as positive communication skills, appropriate use of discipline, parents’ self-care, boundary setting, anger management, developmental stages of childhood/adolescence, self esteem, and family conflict management.
This program is designed for clients with clinical issues based more on aggressiveness and poor impulse control, rather than a pattern of power and control within intimate relationships. This program is not for clients with a domestic violence conviction, and does not fulfill the requirements for completing a licensed domestic violence offender treatment program. The program concentrates on improving impulse control, increasing clients' self-awareness of their controlling and aggressive attitudes and behavior, reducing hostile thinking patterns, enhancing their sense of personal responsibility and pro-social attitudes, and building multiple skills, e.g., conflict-resolution, problem-solving, communication, and positive self-talk. These groups are generally co-ed.