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A Comprehensive Cognitive Behavioral Program for Offenders

Responsible Adult Culture

  • Granville Bud Potter
  • John C. Gibbs
  • Molly Robbins
  • Peter E. Langdon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 3-13
  3. Preparation and Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 17-56
  4. Motivating Offenders to Help One Another Think and Act Responsibly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 59-127
  5. Equipping Offenders to Help One Another Think and Act Responsibly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 131-140
    3. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 141-182
    4. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 183-233
    5. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 235-270
    6. Granville Bud Potter, John C. Gibbs, Molly Robbins, Peter E. Langdon
      Pages 271-273
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-279

About this book

Introduction

This book presents Responsible Adult Culture (RAC), a truly comprehensive program for helping offenders to think and act responsibly. It provides the tools of the program with great clarity. In addition to exploring the needs of all offenders, the book addresses the special needs of both female and dual-diagnosis offenders. Responsible thinking means habitually seeing others and situations accurately, rather than in self-serving and egocentrically distorted ways. Because self-centered thinking is typically reinforced by negative group norms, RAC starts with the cultivation of a constructive climate (“mutual help” groups) to motivate change. Motivated group members then gain tools for responsible thinking through “equipment” (cognitive behavioral) meetings. These tools pertain to social skills, anger management, and the correction of self-centered thinking through social perspective taking (cognitive restructuring). Beyond documented reductions in distorted thinking and recidivism rates, RAC’s synergy or round-the-clock interpenetration of positive groups and tools promotes a safer and more humane institutional culture.

Keywords

Aim of the Responsible Adult Culture (RAC) program Cognitive-Behavioral Help Equipping with Mature Moral Judgment Helping Offenders to Think and Act Responsibly Individual and Agency Barriers to Treatment Limitations of At-Risk Adults Motivating and Equipping Offenders Positive Potential of At-Risk Adults RAC’s Synergy of Positive Groups Responsible Adult Performance Plan Responsible Thinking through Equipment Meetings Review and Self-Evaluation Forms for Equippers Self-Centered Thinking Self-Evaluation and Social Decision-Making Self-Evauation and Social Skills Skills to Managing Anger Social Skills Practive and Equipper's Guidelines Social Skills Role-Playing The Humane Institutional Climate

Authors and affiliations

  • Granville Bud Potter
    • 1
  • John C. Gibbs
    • 2
  • Molly Robbins
    • 3
  • Peter E. Langdon
    • 4
  1. 1.Community Based Correctional FacilityCBCF - Franklin CountyColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Community Based Correctional FacilityCBCF - Franklin CountyColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Tizard CentreUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17536-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-17535-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-17536-2
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