COGNITIVE SKILLS PROGRAMS

Sentinel provides access to Cognitive Skills Programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism through cognitive behavior modification techniques. These programs are readily available through our community-based Sentinel Day Reporting Center model. We offer a number of cognitive-based skill course offerings to meet the criminogenic needs of the offenders. These programs include, but are not limited to:

MORAL RECONATION THERAPY (MRT)

The MRT program that Sentinel utilizes in cognitive-based therapy programs is one of the nation’s leading anti-recidivism mechanisms. MRT attempts to change how offenders make decisions and judgments by raising their moral reasoning abilities.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

A module utilizing a cognitive-behavioral approach to relapse prevention that focuses on risky situations, scripting changes, coping with urges and cravings, being around users, understanding support issues, and taking charge of life choices and behaviors.

ANGER MANAGEMENT + PROBLEM RESOLUTION

A skills training program that focuses on the causes of anger and how to control behavioral reactions to anger especially within confrontational situations.

PARENTING +
FAMILY VALUES

A program designed to help offenders develop parenting skills and assess the values related to their family by teaching probationers to confront their parenting skills and habits, perform a clarification of the values regarding their family, and establish appropriate discipline routines.

BUDGETING +
MONEY MANAGEMENT

A training program that addresses responsible budgeting, needs versus wants, and accepting the rules in life.

EMPLOYMENT READINESS

A  program targeted to individuals who are about to re-enter the workforce after a long absence, or who have a poor work history, which provides targeted services such as communication skills, presentation skills (dress and mannerisms), and following instructions.

While our programs are designed to benefit a great majority of a given participant population, Sentinel Day Reporting Centers are particularly effective with participants who have more deeply-rooted problems that often require a more intense level of supervision. These intensive services are coupled with evidence-based behavior change programs that have proven to reduce recidivism in high-risk/high-needs offender populations through the country. Our programs are directly geared to impact the most significant of the criminogenic risk and need factors. In order of importance, those risk and need factors are:

  • Antisocial attitudes, values, and beliefs (criminal thinking);
  • Pro-criminal associates and isolation from pro-social associates;
  • Particular temperament and behavioral characteristics (e., egocentrism);
  • Weak problem-solving and social skills;
  • Criminal history;
  • Negative family factors (g., abuse, unstructured or undisciplined environment, criminality in the family, substance abuse in the family);
  • Low levels of vocational and educational skills; and
  • Substance abuse.

Once enrolled in a program, participants are taken through a series of guided exercises, writing assignments, and other team building methods during their Individualized Treatment Plan to encourage individual behavior changes. Each participant is assessed for needs (e.g.¸ substance abuse, anger management, etc.) and his/her case manager creates an appropriate treatment plan to address those specific needs. Also critical to achieving a successful outcome in the Aftercare Stage during which the participant is reassessed to determine if they are at risk to re-offend and—perhaps more importantly—what area(s) of risk and needs of the participant require further attention. Throughout the program process, the participant is assisted and supervised by highly-trained intake specialists, case manager, group facilitators, and participant administrators who all have the same primary goal—the ultimate success of the participant.

Research shows that 40 percent of offenders who participate in evidence-based behavior change programs do not commit new crimes. Sentinel’s specialized program offering is built using the core elements that are evidence-based and proven to reduce recidivism. Each of these programs was designed to be used as an important part of a participant’s overall supervision program and help the participant successful integrate back into and live safely within their community—all while successfully completing their probation requirements. Ultimately, however, each program is designed to aggressively and systematically confront entrenched criminal behavior in participants.

Because these programs are locally based, Sentinel can actively work with our community corrections partner to customize a program model that meets the specific needs of the community. Moreover, our local proximity means Sentinel can work directly with a participant to address their specific criminogenic needs. This community-based approach can create success for the community, the participant and the supervising agency. For the community, success means lower crime rates, safer neighborhoods and city streets. For the participant, success means getting out of the criminal justice system equipped with the skills necessary to never return again. And lastly, success to the agency means fewer inmates, quantifiable reductions in recidivism, an increase in public safety and a verifiable saving of tax dollars.

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