Trainings Offered

National Institute of Corrections

 

Thinking for a Change 4.0

 

An Integrated Cognitive Behavior Program

GOAL

Participants will be able to facilitate offender groups utilizing the Thinking for a Change program.

OBJECTIVES 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical foundations of cognitive behavioral approaches.
  • Articulate the core principles and components of the Thinking for a Change program.
  • Demonstrate a social skill lesson utilizing the Thinking for a Change program.
  • Demonstrate a cognitive self-change 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.

 

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Thinking for a Change 4.0 (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 contains appendices that can be used to construct an aftercare program to meet ongoing cognitive behavioral needs of your group. 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 justice-involved 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).

T4C is provided by corrections professionals in prisons, jails, detention centers, community corrections, probation, and parole settings. The National Institute of Corrections has trained more than 10,000 individuals as T4C group facilitators, and more than 500 trainers who can train additional staff to facilitate the program with justice-involved clients.

T4C 4.0 represents a significant evolution in the curriculum, both in content and use. It is the sincere hope of NIC and the authors that the changes enable you and your agency to better serve your clients. Correctional agencies can consider Thinking for a Change as one option in a continuum of interventions to address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of their client populations.

What is Real Colors?

Real Colors® is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality assessment tool. The goal is to provide participants with the skills to:

    • Understand human behavior
    • Uncover motivators specific to each temperament
    • Improve communication with others
  • Improve communication with others

 

The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Assessment: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange.

 

It all begins with the Real Colors workshop, in which participants:

  • Gain an understanding of the four colors (each corresponding to a personality type)
  • Discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum
  • Learn to recognize characteristics of each of the four colors
  • Discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color

Real Colors Workshop

Presented in a fast, fun, interactive format, Real Colors® participants learn to quickly identify their own temperament—or “Color”—and that of others.

Attending a Real Colors Workshop is a fun way to learn meaningful, lasting methods to communicate at work and at home. You’ll gain a completely new perspective of yourself and the things that are most important to you. As you learn more about the Colors, you’ll instinctively recognize the characteristics of people you know, and their personality or “Color.”

This knowledge gives you valuable insight into what is most important to them, why they may react to situations differently than others, and how you can communicate with them in the most effective way.

Using this powerful knowledge, participants develop more effective interpersonal communication skills and build better relationships—in and out of the workplace.

Real Colors – What’s in it for me?

Imagine having the ability to clearly communicate your thoughts and ideas to fellow employees, clients, friends and family. Picture yourself having a unique level of insight into the things that motivate you and others – in other words, the ability to consistently “speak in the language of the listener and listen in the language of the speaker”. Envision the positive impact this could have on your life both personally and professionally.

You see, the power to accomplish these things exists in all of us – we just have to unlock it.

The key is Real Colors®. Real Colors is simple to use, and can easily be incorporated into all aspects of your personal and professional life. Through Real Colors, you’ll gain a completely new perspective on yourself and the things that are most important to you. As you learn more about the colors, you’ll instinctively recognize characteristics of people you know, and their color.

Real Colors gives you valuable insight into what is most important to them, why they may react to situations differently than others, and how you can best communicate with them.

This knowledge gives you the tools to succeed in all areas of your life. That’s the power of Real Colors.

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Diversity Equity & Inclusion

CONSULTING SERVICES

  • Diversity to reflect the communities we live and work in.
  • Inclusive actions so everyone feels welcomed and valued.
  • Equity to ensure access to opportunities and well-being.
  • Cultural Competency to understand, communicate, interact effectively across difference.

OUR MISSION

Our approach to Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) honors current changing population demographics and shifting societal expectations while also valuing diversity as a business attribute that drives innovation, customer service, profitability, healthy workplaces, and social responsibility.

Our unique skill sets incorporate organizational development, participatory change, DEI best practices, quality improvement, cognitive behavioral intervention, and trauma responsive practices with the lived experiences of our practitioners.

Providing assessment, strategies, implementation, and evaluation for sustained transformational change at all organizational levels.

OUR APPROACH

Providing assessment, strategies, implementation, and evaluation for sustained transformational change at all organizational levels.

OUR SERVICES

Providing assessment, strategies, implementation, and evaluation for sustained transformational change at all organizational levels.

We enable our clients to gain:
• The knowledge and skills to leverage diversity as a strength,
• Inclusion as an employer advantage,
• Equity to provide service excellence to their clients

CONTACT US

Naima Chambers-Smith

(760) 453-1983

naima@tricitiesdeicouncil.org

Tri-Cities Diversity & Inclusion Council

 

Lynn Carlson

(541) 595-8818

lynnc@geminicorps.com

Gemini Corps, LLC

www.geminicorps.com

ABOUT US

Naima Chambers-Smith is the founder and CEO of the Tri-Cities Diversity & Inclusion Council (TCD&IC) 501(c)(3) and organizer of the Tri-Cities Collective Black Voice. Naima is a certified Trauma Informed Care Facilitator, ASCENT Leadership graduate, and holds two DEI certifications in addition to Continuous Quality Improvement and Real Colors/Real Teams. With core competencies in Behavioral Intervention and Cognitive Restructuring, she has over 20 years’ progressive law enforcement experience using trauma informed practices for youth and adults in custody. Naima is a DEI leader and trainer with lived experience of a multi-racial, multicultural family. Naima serves as a commissioner on the City of Pasco Inclusivity Diversity and Equity Commission and is a member of several local community organizations.

Lynn Carlson is the founder and CEO of Gemini Corps, LLC. She is a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP®) and Organizational Development practitioner with a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology. She has 23 years’ corporate experience as an operation’s executive and PMP with a proven track record implementing inclusive leadership, diverse team recruiting and retention, culture of belonging, and equitable policies and practices. Her work is informed by her lived experience in disadvantaged communities in the south. She is an ally for several racial equity and social justice groups and an active volunteer in local community groups serving underrepresented and marginalized youth and adults.