A New Freedom

Pre-Release Preparation and Community Integration

These programs– specifically designed for corrections and jails– are designed to prepare participants about to leave residential and correctional for successful release and community reintegration. From substance abuse to mental health to relapse prevention/intervention to anger and violence, these easy-to-implement lesson-based programs address the critical issues in making the transition back to the community.

Core Programs

We offer a wealth of resources covering Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Relapse Prevention and more! Here are some examples of our major programs:.

  • Pre-Release/Community Reintegration Units. These eight 10-session, open group resources explore important reintegration issues in planning for a good life, key recovery topics, and provide guidance for dealing with family and friends.

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  • OPEN TO CHANGE. This flexible, open group/open admissions program presents up to 6, 10-session modules. Each module presents a mini-journey through the stages of change, starting out with Pre-Contemplation resources and ending with Action Planning resources. Participants may enter the program at any point, with Pre-Contempltion resources just around the corner! Available in adult, juvenile, and female versions.

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  • The Bridge mental health program. Like OPEN TO CHANGE, this flexible program features 10-session modules in up to 6 units. It offers a solid, CBT-based approach for mentally ill participants, enhanced with selected Motivational Interviewing (MI) tools, DBT elements, and critical coping skills.

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  • Relapse Prevention Modules. Four easy to use, flexible open group/open admissions modules focused on relapse prevention! Ideal for use in an IOP or EOP.

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Substance Abuse

See our OPEN TO CHANGE page for more information.

Relapse Intervention

Designed for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, these two programs, one for men and one for women, provide a unique Alternative To Violation program that will give violators one more chance before returning to prison!

  • The Male Violators program offers a 90-day, open group intervention made up of 60 three-hour sessions divided into 6 Units. The overriding theme throughout the curriculum is “What went wrong?” Participants will examine the events that led to their referral, their poor decision-making, their ability to handle temptations and risk factors, their difficulties in complying with parole requirements and supervision, and more!

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  • The Female Violators program offers a 45-day, 2 hours per day program, divided into six (6) units. Each unit provides sufficient resources for approximately 15 hours of independent work. The overriding theme throughout the curriculum is “What went wrong?” Participants will examine the events that led to their referral, their poor decision-making, their ability to handle temptations and risk factors,

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Gender-Specific Programming for Females

Over 800 hours of programming just for females! Here are just two examples:

Youth in Correctional Settings

We offer a wide variety of juvenile material in use in all 50 states, from materials addressing the delinquency risk factors of high-risk youth, to substance abuse, to gang and violence prevention! Here are just a few examples of the lesson-based change programs we offer:

  • Delinquency Risk Factors for High Risk Youth.These three 10-session units include elements of motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as analysis of risk factors, the development of key coping and refusal skills, and the development of a safety net.

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  • DVD-based Youth Gang Intervention Resource Model.This unique resource features video clips of incarcerated youth discussing their involvement in crime and gang activity, their risk factors, and how they see their futures.

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  • OPEN TO CHANGE Juvenile Substance Abuse Program.This flexible, open group/open admissions program presents up to 6, 10-session modules. Each module presents a mini-journey through the stages of change, starting out with Pre-Contemplation resources and ending with Action Planning resources. Participants may enter the program at any point, with Pre-Contempltion resources just around the corner!

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  • Risks & DecisionsThis flexible, open group program presents 30 lessons organized around groups of risk factors. Each lesson is fully scripted so model exactly how to present each lesson. Several lessons include DVD-based material. Role plays, skill building, and more!

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Anger and Violence

Our Anger resources address the roots of anger, basic anger/violence management and communication skills. We have a variety of materials ranging from workbooks to lesson-based open group models. Here are two examples:

  • Difficult Feelings Anger Unit. A 10-hour lesson-based unit that teaches awareness and self-management of symptoms and triggers to anger. Key elements include a basic cognitive-behavioral (CBT) approach, supplemented by DBT mindfulness activities, distress tolerance skills, and tools designed to assist awareness and motivation for successful symptoms self-management..

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  • Managing Aggression and Violence Skills Unit. A 10-hour lesson-based unit that promotes increased self-awareness and improved interpersonal and self-management skills. Each lesson includes multiple cards for role playing and problem solving.

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  • Criminal Thinking Unit. A 10-hour lesson-based unit that addresses a wide variety of criminal thinking issues.

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Handling the Tough Times

These resources support relapse prevention planning and self-efficacy with a focus on assessing and establishing balance - emotional stability and the capability to respond in appropriate ways to events. There is major emphasis on dealing wih specific feelings and triggers. The final elements address protective factors, resilience and building personal confidence.

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