The following overview briefly summarizes the favorable results of research studies specifically involving Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model. It includes four studies done by:
University of Wisconsin
US Department of Justice National Institute on Corrections
US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance
The findings from each study were remarkable. Consistently greater effectiveness and a substantially lower rate of recidivism resulted from implementing the Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model, as compared to standard programs.
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Dr. Richard Salem, Professor of Sociology. Study of the Beloit Project (now known as the Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model).
Phase one conducted from 1985-1988 consisted of residential programming.
Phase two conducted from 1988-1993 consisted of all clients who had entered the program whether they had successfully completed or not, regardless of their length of stay. Clientele were not screened in any way and were received on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"The most unique feature… is the ‘criminal thinking’ counseling model which pervades the various group sessions…. Consistent with this trend (he) has systematized the key features of ‘criminal thinking’ to enable each client and counselor to examine daily thoughts and behaviors within the framework of ‘thinking errors.’"
Statistics on High Risk Need Clients
66% reduction in crime for those who completed the program.
33% reduction in crime for those who entered but did not complete.
48% of all clients pursued no new crime.
29.4% exhibited a decrease in crime.
6.4% showed no change.
15.6% exhibited an increase in crime.
"The data examined and findings presented suggest that, indeed, the Beloit Project (now known as Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model) has impressive potential to encourage individual change of clients served. Those who graduate from the program have a major reduction in their offending rate while those who are terminated have a lower but still statistically significant reduction."
Average number of criminal charges:
Reduced by slightly over 50% for all clients who entered the program.
Reduced approximately 66% for those who completed the program.
Reduced by approximately 33% among clients terminated before completion.
Reduced 79.17% for those who completed and had no previous arrests.
Reduced 36.36% for those who terminated prior to completion with no prior arrests.
US Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections: Report of the National Task Force on Correctional Substance Abuse Strategies:
Intervening with Substance Abusing Offenders: A Framework for Action. June, 1991.
The task force was composed of correctional practitioners representing jails, prisons, and community corrections, as well as researchers and substance abuse treatment specialists, and representatives from six federal agencies:
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Department of Health and Human Services
Federal Bureau of Prisons
National Institute of corrections
Office of Justice Programs
Office of National Drug Control Policy
The report recommends approaches to planning, implementing and managing correctional substance abuse programs and describes 14 of the nation’s leading programs having components that illustrate effective approaches of which the Beloit Project (now known as Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model) was one.
Major themes highlighted in the report, include:
"This is an effective treatment program for offenders that counters
the ‘nothing works’ belief.
Security and treatment work together and complement each other.
Careful assessment and proper placement of offenders in the most potentially helpful groups and programs is strategic.
Systematic approaches and linkages provide a continuum of information and services
A variety of accountability and evaluation procedures and criteria are used to measure the success – not just recidivism."
US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Invited Review and Technical Assistance Program-focused Review and Evaluation Process Training and Design.
This technical assistance activity was funded by the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to assist state and local correctional agencies in enhancing the detention treatment and rehabilitation efforts. The contents of the report reflect the professional opinions of the consultant who prepared the report, Christopher Kloth (December, 1988).
The Corrective Thinking Model is a blend of the disease and mental
It addresses "criminal thinking" as a distinct treatment issue.
It is a collaborative process which recognizes the needs of the Bureau, the project and the client.
A performance-based point system is used to determine client progress through phases of the program.
There is emphasis on intensive group process as a part of both counseling and training.
Daily urinalysis on a random basis is used as a monitoring tool.
The model seeks to actively involve the clients’ families in the program.
The model recognizes the unique needs of minorities and women within the program and facilitates the creation of special support groups to serve these populations.
The model provides for ongoing support for group graduates, "for life."
Graduates are involved in the treatment process.
A wide variety of transitional support services provided by a combination of project and community resources are utilized to enhance the program model.
US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance: Study conducted by Drs. Douglas E. Lipton and Harry K Wexler, in "Recidivism Reduction For Incarcerated Drug Offenders", April, 1987 – Programmatic Paradigm For Substance Abuse Treatment.
The study involved researching and defining, those interventions which have the best record of treatment results of which the Beloit Model (now known as Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model) was one. The study specified those programs based on the following contemporary social learning theories of which all are integral components of the Corrective Thinking Model:
Self-help groups (AA, NA, Family Therapy)
Role playing and modeling
Vocational and social skills training
Interpersonal, cognitive problem-solving skills training
Peer-oriented behavioral programs
Specific corrective/criminal thinking counseling in a group process
The study further described factors associated with effective treatment that are also key features of Truthought's Corrective Thinking Treatment Model:
Authority, which clearly specifies rules and sanctions
Anti-criminal modeling and reinforcement of pro-social behavior
Pragmatic personal and social problem solving assistance
Knowledge of how to utilize community resources
Personal relationships with empathy, open community, and trust
Ex-offender addict counselors serving as role models