STAGES Program, Residential (2022)

High-Intensity Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Serious Mental Illness and Personality Disorders

Program Description: Steps Toward Awareness, Growth and Emotional Strength (STAGES) is a unit-based residential Psychology Treatment Program for inmates with a diagnosis of Borderline
Personality Disorder. The program uses an integrative model that includes an emphasis on a modified therapeutic community (MTC), cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and skills training. It uses evidence-based treatments to increase the time between disruptive behaviors, fosters living within the general population or community setting, and increases prosocial skills. This program aims to prepare inmates for their transition to less secure prison settings and promote successful reentry into society at the conclusion of their terms of incarceration.The typical STAGES inmate has the following behavioral characteristics:

  • A history of long-term restricted housing placements
  • Multiple incident reports and/or suicide watches
  • A long and intensifying pattern of behavior disruptive to the institution
  • A demonstrated willingness to engage with treatment staff and change the ways/he deals with incarceration (although behavioral problems may continue)
Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 500 hours.
Needs Addressed Antisocial Peers, Cognitions Mental Health, and Trauma
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, STAGES is only delivered by Psychology Services staff.
Institution Locations USP Florence

FCI Terre Haute (Medium)