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)."

Here is a link to the report Click Here.

Cognitive Accountability was developed by Terry Moore, LCAC. Terry Moore was 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."

Simple Concepts

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. Programs using our model offer 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:
  • Treat others how I would want to be treated...even if others don't.
  • Act appropriately even if I'm upset, hurt, angry, or afraid.
  • Problem solving to make healthy choices in very difficult and challenging situations.
  • Feel confident and not doubt their self when doing the right thing.
  • Stay calm and respond appropriately in tense situations.
  • Do the moral and right thing no matter what.
  • Practice integrity consistently.
We are not just a domestic violence program!

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:
  • Denial of Personal Responsibility
  • Arguing
  • Noncompliance with Rules
  • Boundary Blurring
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Threatening Behavior
  • Minimizing- Rationalizing-Making Excuses and Justifying Inappropriate Behavior
  • Child Abuse
  • Excessive Drinking
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Jealous Controlling Behaviors
  • Sexist Beliefs and Attitudes
  • Racist Beliefs and Attitudes
  • Intimidating Behavior
  • Name Calling
  • Theft
  • Substance Abuse
  • Dishonesty
  • Attitudes of Entitlement
  • Abusing with Social Media
  • Self-Abuse
  • Cutting
  • Succumbing to Peer Pressure
  • Enabling Behaviors
  • Fighting
  • Destroying Property of Others
  • Lying
  • Blaming Shifting
  • Retaliation
By attending only one 90-minute session weekly a woman can learn to:
  • Treat others how I would want to be treated...even if others don't.
  • Accept I can make good choices and change my life, and the life of my family, for the better.
  • Act in my best interest even if I'm upset, hurt, angry, or afraid.
  • Make healthy choices in very difficult and challenging situations.
  • I will learn to feel empowered and self confident, instead of doubtful of my own judgment and decision making ability, when I truly am doing the right thing.
  • I can stay calm and respond in a healthy way even in tense situations.
  • I can do the moral and right thing no matter what.
  • I can practice integrity consistently.
We respect our participants.

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 Model Training for Service Providers.

Cognitive Accountability is a model of interacting with clients. It is a hybrid Cognitive Behavior model. What distinguishes the difference is basically the specific types of cognition's upon which we focus.  

Learning how to conduct sessions or classes using CAT (Cognitive Accountability Training/Therapy) is an experiential process. It would be similar to if someone wanted to learn how to practice Motivational Interviewing or Rational Emotive Therapy. If someone wants to learn CAT the best place to begin is by enrolling in a program already using CAT. Visit Abuse Counseling and Education, Inc. to find a program.

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.

Beware!!  We've often been asked, "Why should I buy your videos when I can simply use scenes from entertainment movies and motion pictures?"

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:

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Nonviolent Alternatives
Greenwood and Indy Southside

Amends Program

Character Restoration Center