FSA – Basic Cognitive Skills 2022

Learn more, as this is part of The First Step Act

Program Description Taken from The First Step Act Approved Program Guide 1/2022 Basic Cognitive Skills is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocol that is used primarily for group treatment but may be used for individual treatment, in some cases. Through the use of this protocol, participants are taught basic concepts of CBT, including the Five Rules for Rational Thinking and the use of Rational Self-Analysis (RSA). This resource is consistent with the cognitive skills modules utilized in the Bureaus Drug Abuse Treatment Programs, BRAVE Programs, Challenge Programs, FIT, Mental Health Step Down Programs, Sex Offender Treatment Program, Skills Programs, and STAGES Programs.

The Basic Cognitive Skills journal was designed as a lead-in to other CBT protocols, specifically Emotional Self-Regulation and Criminal Thinking.

Time Frame
Hours This program is typically completed in 24 hours.
Needs Addressed Cognitions
Program Delivery To ensure program fidelity and proper credit, Basic Cognitive Skills must be delivered by psychology Services staff.
Institution Locations Available at all BOP institutions.