Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy


Crime and Justice Institute and Wayne Scott (2008). Effective Clinical Practices in Treating Clients in the Criminal Justice System. Washington, DC: National Institute of Corrections.

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) can have different meanings for the correctional and behavioral healthcare professional. In this monograph, Mr. Scott helps the reader to understand how EBP is used in both fields to influence effective interventions. He details how EBP guides clinical interventions and discusses some treatment options that have been found effective in the criminal justice population. This monograph provides a thorough overview of both the techniques and actual types of treatments that work well with different types of offenders. For those interested in understanding the types of treatments available and why they are effective, this is a necessary read.

Hansen, C. (2008). Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions: Where They Came From and What They Do. Federal Probation72(2).

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for the offender population and an integral component of Evidence- Based Practice (EBP). This article provides background information on the evolution of CBT and discusses its effectiveness with the offender population. The authors also identify those elements that make CBT programs effective and present several of the different CBT therapies currently being used with the offender population.

Clark, P. (2010). Preventing Future Crime with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.. National Institute of Justice Journal (265) pp.22-25.

Researchers have studied the impact that Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments have on recidivism. This article briefly describes the theory behind CBT and the intended goals and reviews recent research of the effectiveness of the treatment. Clark notes that several research studies indicate that CBT is an effective form of treatment for juvenile and adult offenders both in custody and in the community and has been shown to reduce recidivism. Should the reader be interested in reading the research studies noted throughout the article, Clark provides sufficient information to locate those studies on one’s own.

Bush, J., Glick, B. & Taymans, J. (2011). Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program. Version 3.0. National Institute of Corrections.

Thinking for a Change is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment program for offenders that can be delivered both in institutions and in the community. This treatment program focuses on building social skills, problem solving, and thought processes. If delivered by a trained facilitator, this program has been shown to reduce recidivism.

Milkman, H. & Wanberg, K. (2007). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment: A Review and Discussion for Corrections Professionals. National Institute of Corrections. 

This article provides a detailed discussion of what cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) is, why it is effective and how it is utilized within correctional institutions. In addition, the authors discuss cognitive- behavioral treatment programs routinely delivered to the offender population. This is a comprehensive discussion of CBT which is helpful for those interested in learning more about effective treatment options for offenders.