Resolve Program

Program Description The Resolve Program is a cognitive-behavioral program designed to address the trauma related mental health needs. Specifically, the program seeks to decrease the incidence of trauma related psychological disorders and improve inmates’ level of functioning. In addition, the program aims to increase the effectiveness of other treatments, such as drug treatment and healthcare. The program utilizes a standardized treatment protocol consisting of three components: an initial psycho-educational workshop (Trauma in Life); a brief, skills based treatment group (Seeking Safety); and either Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and/or Skill Maintenance Group which are intensive, cognitive-behavioral treatment groups to address persistent psychological and interpersonal difficulties. The Resolve Program is currently available in many female institutions and a limited number of male institutions.
Time Frame In most instances, inmates are expected to participate in the Resolve Program during their first 12 months of incarceration. The full Resolve Program protocol takes approximately 40 weeks to complete; however, scheduling conflicts may extend the length of the program. Inmates also have the option of continuing to participate in the Skills Maintenance Group indefinitely to continue practicing healthy coping skills.
Admission Criteria The Resolve Program is for inmates with a mental illness diagnosis due to trauma. While the Trauma in Life workshop is the first stage of the Resolve Program, other inmates without a history of trauma may participate in this workshop if institution resources permit.
Program Content The program content focuses on the development of personal resilience, effective coping skills, emotional self regulation, and healthy interpersonal relationships. These skills are attained through the use of educational, cognitive, behavioral, and problem-solving focused interventions.
Empirical Support Empirical support for the interventions utilized in the Resolve Program is well-established. Seeking Safety, CPT, and DBT appear in multiple evidence-based programs (EBP) registries. These protocols are also used in the Veterans Administration, the country’s largest provider of trauma-related treatment.
Applicable Policies 5330.11 Psychology Treatment Programs.
Institution Locations The Resolve Program is available at the following facilities:
(F) =Female; (M) = Male Program(s)

Mid-Atlantic North Central
FPC Alderson, WV-Minimum (F)
SFF Hazelton, WV -Low (F)
SCP Lexington, KY-Minimum (F)
ADX Florence, CO-Maximum (M)
SCP Greenville, IL-Minimum (F)
FCI Waseca, MN-Low (F)
Southeast Western
FCI Aliceville, AL-Low (F)
SCP Coleman, FL-Minimum (F)
SCP Marianna, FL-Minimum (F)
FCI Tallahassee, FL-Low (F)
FCI Dublin, CA-Low (F)
SCP Victorville, CA-Minimum (F)
Northeast South Central
FCI Danbury, CT-Low (M)
SCP Danbury, CT-Minimum (F)
FSL Danbury, CT-Low (F) (Activating)
FFPC Bryan, TX-Minimum (F)
FMC Carswell, TX-Adm. (F)