Evidenced Based CBT Criminal Thinking Classes
Cognitive Accountability Training (CAT) was assessed by Monica Solinas-Saunders, PhD, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest to be an "innovative evidenced based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model".
As described by Dr. Solinas-Saunders, "The CAT curriculum primarily focuses on cognitive behavioral strategies that target the offender's crimogenic propensity. The curriculum mirrors the two primary goals of the program: leading the clients to moral reasoning (or the ability to distinguish right from wrong) and accountability (or the ability to take responsibility for their own actions)."
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Cognitive Accountability is a Trademark owned by Terry Moore, LCAC. Terry Moore is trained in MRT, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and many other evidenced based models.
Lack of Empathy and Anti-Social Peer Associations
CAT participants learn to feel empathy toward how their actions affect others. Participants also learn to recognize anti-social peer associations and develop a motivation and desire to seek out healthy friendships and relationships.
Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs
CAT is a unique cognitive behavioral method to indirectly confront and challenge anti-social attitudes, denial belief systems, and deviant thinking patterns often referred to as "Criminogenic Attitudes and Beliefs". These dysfunctional thinking habits (justifications, excuses, minimizations) are the core of inappropriate behavior. Our intervention strategy is specifically designed to challenge dysfunctional thinking in a way that actually reduces defensiveness and resistance to change. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "As the recidivism analysis indicates, clients who were unable to correct their criminal rationalization during the program were also more likely to re-offend (any offense). The analysis also indicates that the program is especially successful in helping clients reducing their criminal rationalization."
CAT is designed to be a repetitive process conducted at a very low-grade level. It is designed to shape and maintain appropriate behaviors until they are incorporated into the habit pattern of the participant. Participants who suffer from learning disabilities, as well as those who don't, are "at ease" in the program and understand the instructions. Instructions are broken down in simple concepts that are repeatedly proposed to the participants within the same session and across different sessions. Dr. Solinas-Saunders wrote, "Indeed, simplification and repetition appear to be key in the success of delivery of the program".
Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS-CST)
This program is an excellent option for anyone scoring at a moderate to high-risk level on the Indiana Risk Assessment System: Community Supervision Tool (IRAS-CST). CAT is especially suitable for those with an elevated score on domain seven, Criminal Attitudes and Behavioral Patterns.
No Waiting List and Low Cost
There is no waiting list; all CAT classes are open ended so new participants can start at any time. We offer low client fees. Our program is a low cost direct fee for service. No health insurance coverage is required. CAT class fees are actually less than most health insurance deductibles and co-pays. No insurance or employer benefit programs are required to obtain CAT services.
Participants LIKE our Program
One recent participant wrote, "Practicing integrity everyday makes things better every day. The class was awesome."
Another wrote, "A whole year ago I started this program. I was a bad attitude, non-caring drug addict when I walked through that door and greeted Terry. A year later when I walked through the same door, I am now a 21-year-old woman, who cares about my life and my feelings and others. I am clean of drugs. I have healthy relationships, and boundaries. I own my own car, I have a full time job, and I have my own house, and I LOVE myself now. I would have never thought I could have made it this far in just one year. I am glad that I was court ordered to take this class when I did because it made me the strong woman that I am today, and I am so thankful for the tools this program has taught me. It really has been a miracle. IT WORKS, if you work it."
We have many, many similar testimonies from participants who completed our program.
By attending only one 90-120 minute class weekly for 26 weeks class participants learn how to:
This class is essentially "personal accountability 101" or "denial intervention" and is appropriate for the following is a list of criminal offenses addressed within our program.
IC 35-42-2-1 Battery
IC 35-42-2-1.3 Domestic battery
IC 35-42-2-1.5 Aggravated battery
IC 35-42-2-2 Criminal recklessness
IC 35-42-2-9 Strangulation
IC 35-42-3-3 Criminal confinement
IC 35-42-3-4 Interference with custody
IC 35-42-4-8 Sexual battery
IC 35-43-1-2 Criminal mischief
IC 35-43-2-1.5 Residential entry
IC 35-43-2-2 Criminal trespass
IC 35-45-2-1 Intimidation
IC 35-45-2-2 Harassment; "obscene message"
IC 35-45-2-5 Interference with the reporting of a crime
IC 35-45-10 Stalking
IC 35-46-1-15.1 Invasion of privacy
IC 35-46-3-12.5 Domestic violence animal cruelty
Our women's program is called...
Women's Personal Empowerment & Accountability Classes
Appropriate for female perpetrators of abuse and victims as well. They are Evidenced Based Classes to help women break the patterns & habits of abusive relationships. Open ended classes (start anytime) are currently offered in Indianapolis and Lafayette.
Based upon the most current research available, we have developed a unique (CBT) method to compassionately challenge self-defeating belief systems. These habit level ways of thinking are the source of unhealthy choices resulting in painful life outcomes. Our method is specifically designed to teach in a way that actually reduces resistance to change.
Some of the topics addressed in the 26 week program:
Court mandated and voluntary participants are accepted and treated equally. Our common sense approach is simple and respects the dignity of our program participants. There is no mental health diagnosis or label. Our program is education, not treatment. Participants do not receive a mental health diagnosis or label that could stigmatize and cause harm for them in the future. There is no waiting list. All classes are open ended so new participants can start at any time.
CAT Video Vignettes for use in serving Women.
In collaboration with the professional filmmakers at Kaeco Productions and Derringer Productions and Post, we have produced a full curriculum series of 13 video vignettes specifically designed for conducting CAT classes with females.
Here's the reason. If you use a scene from a motion picture in your class or group you're committing an illegal copyright violation.
On the front page of the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation website it says, "DVDs have long been a great way to entertain and train. But unless you’re viewing them privately inside your home, a public performance license is required to avoid copyright infringement. Many organizations, facilities and companies are exposing themselves to copyright infringement when using audiovisual works, whether movies, TV programs, or any entertainment video, for seemingly innocent purposes."
Sure you probably won't get caught right? But do you really want to be that person? You know, the one who is teaching how to make good healthy choices while committing an illegal act yourself? Our videos are owned by us and by purchasing or renting from us you are purchasing the public performance rights to use it for teaching your clients. You'll feel better about yourself knowing you're doing the right thing. On that note, please don't make illegal copies of our videos. Thank you for being a person of integrity and doing what is right and being a positive model for others.
The following Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Certified Batterers Intervention Programs use providers trained in the CAT Model:
For Individual Counseling based on the
CAT Model Approach contact:
Terry Moore, LCAC
3209 Smith Valley Rd, Suite 137
Greenwood, IN 46142