FSA EBRR, Criminal Thinking 2022

Program Description The purpose of Criminal Thinking group is to help the participant see how criminal thinking errors impact decisions in daily life. Techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), including Rational Self Analysis (RSA), are used to identify the patterns of criminal thinking that occur in a wide range of situations. The protocol can be used as a 10-session group (Minimum and Low security) or a 20-session group (Medium or High security) or in an individual format. The curriculum and journal are available in English and Spanish and are gender-responsive.

The Criminal Thinking journal reviews criminal thinking errors, provides education on the influence of thoughts and feelings on behaviors, and details how to conduct an RSA to improve decision-making. The concepts and skills presented in this treatment protocol are best learned by interactive practice, review, and by completing the between-session assignments.

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 27 hours.
Needs Addressed Antisocial Peers and Cognitions
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, Criminal Thinking must be delivered by Psychology Services staff.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.