Court Ordered Programs

The Center for Cognitive Education has developed program structures which encourage the change processes initiated and supported by various referring agencies. It is our intent to provide quality and low cost services to assist clients in developing and maintaining responsible patterns in living. We strive to compliment and support the missions of our referring agencies. Our mutual goal is help create a safe community and to provide an atmosphere and opportunity to facilitate positive change. The success of our program depends on communication with referring agencies in an effort to maintain a collaborative effort to accomplish this goal.

Batterers Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP)

Length of BIPP services may vary depending on location. Currently our Austin office location offers the following Levels, with 2- hour sessions: Low/18 weeks; Moderate/24 weeks; Severe/36 weeks; Critical/52 weeks. Refer to the Program Enrollment Forms for additional BIPP information at each location. Participants attend a minimum of 24 one and one half hour sessions. Participants are assisted in taking full accountability for their battering behavior as the result of using irresponsible patterns in thinking and interacting which have caused harm to family members and others. Harmful thinking patterns and behaviors are challenged and responsible alternative ways of thinking and interacting are developed. The ultimate goal of the program is "Stop the Violence". This is an open ended group which meets weekly. This program is appropriate to only address specific offenses involving violence within a current or past intimate partner relationship (husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, ex-husband/ex-wife, etc). Focus is placed on taking accountability for the battering behavior with the goal of stopping future acts of violence.

As of February 2011, our BIPP has received a "Accreditation" status by TDCJ- CJAD which designates our agency as an approved BIPP provider. We are also currently listed on TDCJ - CJAD's website.

Non- Intimate Partner Violence Program (NIPV)

NIPV is an ‘anger management’ program appropriate to only address offenses of violence between strangers, roommates, adult siblings, parent/adult child, in-laws, and neighbors. The program lengths are designed to address the risk/need level of the client. Participants attend an 8 week (Basic ‘1st time offenders’. No previous history of violence or substance abuse behaviors), 16 week (History of substance abuse behaviors, but no previous history of violence), or a 22 week (History of violence and substance abuse behaviors) program with 1 ½ hour weekly class sessions. Anger is presented as a normal, healthy emotion that when expressed inappropriately, aggression is the result. The opportunity is presented (ie., skill based interventions, homework assignments, check-in procedure, etc) to meet a cross section of client needs, for development of responsible thinking in relation to their anger and offense, and be able to recognize the impact that their behavior has had on them and others. Participants use a workbook in a group setting with specific attention given to triggers of aggressive thinking and behavior.

Cognitive Education Program

Participants attend a minimum of 18 one hour sessions and are required to make satisfactory progress on all program objectives before being eligible for completion. Compliance with Community Supervision is among the program objectives. Participants use a workbook in a group setting to help identify and challenge harmful thinking patterns which have influenced irresponsible choices and have caused harm to themselves and others. Facilitators utilize a wide range of cognitive techniques to assist participants in making progress in developing and maintaining a more responsible lifestyle. Participants take full accountability for their choices and become more considerate of how their choices affect others. The opportunity is presented for participants to move from a state of self-centeredness to a state of fulfilling their needs while at the same time considering others. This is an open ended group requiring participants to meet weekly. This program is designed for mid to high risk/need level offenders

Cognitive Education with Substance Abuse Emphasis Program

Participants attend a minimum of 18 one hour sessions and are required to make satisfactory progress on all program objectives before being eligible for completion. Compliance with Community Supervision is among the program objectives. Participants receive all opportunities as those in the "Cognitive Education Program" with special attention being given to thinking and behaviors associated with their abuse of substances. Substance abuse is presented as an irresponsible behavior and a product of irresponsible thinking patterns. These thinking patterns are identified and challenged. Also, the thinking which allows an individual to maintain engagement in a recovery lifestyle is addressed. This is an open ended group requiring participants to meet weekly. This program is designed for mid to high risk/need level offenders

Basic Cognitive Self-Change Program

Participants attend 8 weekly sessions (1½ hour sessions). Participants are introduced to the cognitive self-change model and utilize workbook activities to evaluate their consequences of unhealthy/irresponsible patterns in thinking. As well as completing core assignments, each Participant is required to complete and present weekly "Thinking Check-in's" to assist them in identifying and challenging unhealthy thinking patterns. This program structure is designed for low to mid level risk/need offenders.

Diversion Cognitive Education Program

Participants attend 10 one hour sessions. This program has been designed as a short intervention for participants who are making efforts to work with the Courts on a diversionary basis. Participants use a workbook in a group setting to help identify and challenge harmful thinking patterns which have influenced irresponsible choices and have caused harm to themselves and others. Facilitators utilize a wide range of cognitive techniques to assist participants in making progress in developing and maintaining a more responsible lifestyle. Participants take full accountability for their choices and become more considerate of how their choices affect others. The opportunity is presented for participants to move from a state of self-centeredness to a state of fulfilling their needs while at the same time considering others. This is an open ended group requiring participants to meet weekly.

Diversion Cognitive Education with Substance Abuse Emphasis Program

Participants attend 10 one hour sessions. This program has been designed as a short intervention for participants who are making efforts to work with the Courts on a diversionary basis. Participants receive all opportunities as those in the "Diversion Cognitive Education Program" with special attention being given to thinking and behaviors associated with their abuse of substances. Substance abuse is presented as an irresponsible behavior and a product of irresponsible thinking patterns. These thinking patterns are identified and challenged. Also, the thinking which allows an individual to maintain engagement in a recovery lifestyle is addressed. This is an open ended group requiring participants to meet weekly.

Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Center for Cognitive Education offers a sex offender treatment program which revolves around the central treatment goal of decreasing victimization. Philosophically, it is viewed that those who have offended sexually have a behavioral disorder - one which they can learn to control, but not cure. The development of internal management, or self-control, is an underlying theme in all of the work conducted with the sex offender. However, internal management is often not enough to ensure that the sex offender benefits from treatment. Therefore, a level of external management is also necessary. To that end, working with the Community Supervision and Corrections staff, as well as others involved in the clients life who can affirm or deny the reports given of responsible and/or irresponsible behaviors, is strongly emphasized. The treatment interventions used are based on cognitive-behavioral and reality-oriented theories. Learning adaptive pro-social coping skills, geared toward breaking their offending patterns, is further stressed as part of the therapeutic process.

Assessments

Psychosexual, Risk Evaluations, Therapeutic Assessment, and Psychological Evaluations consist of various testing instruments and risk measures, along with clinical interviews and a review of official documents. These results can be used at all phases of the legal process as well as during participation in treatment programs. All of the data acquired during the evaluation is complied into a written report released to the referring entity.

Individual/Family Counseling

The Center for Cognitive Education has qualified licensed mental health therapists which offer individual therapy to assist clients in addressing a wide array of mental health issues. The following therapists are available to provide individual therapy and counseling services: Dean Eddy, Matt Bierds. Please contact them directly via e-mail or the number provided.

Relapse Prevention - (substance abuse)

For individuals who are struggling with stability in their recovery process. You have previously completed substantial substance abuse treatment and have some experience with recovery. During this program you will be re-introduced to basic cognitive and other recovery tools. You will be expected to evaluate what you are doing that is working for you and what you are doing that is not. With that insight, you will be expected to make change to continue on your path to a more healthy and satisfying lifestyle. Four month minimum program. Group meets one time per week for 1.5 hours. Completion will be based on your stability and utilization of program concepts/skills. This will be evaluated with the assistance of your Supervising Officer. Cost: $25 per week.

General Offender Cognitive Program (for Spanish Speaking Participants)

Participants attend a minimum of 18 one hour sessions and are required to make satisfactory progress on all program objectives before being eligible for completion. Compliance with Community Supervision is among the program objectives. Participants use a workbook in a group setting to help identify and challenge harmful thinking patterns which have influenced irresponsible choices and have caused harm to themselves and others. Facilitators utilize a wide range of cognitive techniques to assist participants in making progress in developing and maintaining a more responsible lifestyle. Participants take full accountability for their choices and become more considerate of how their choices affect others. The opportunity is presented for participants to move from a state of self-centeredness to a state of fulfilling their needs while at the same time considering others. This is an open ended group requiring participants to meet weekly. The program is individualized considering the participant's risk and needs. Recommendations from the referral source are utilized to assist in developing an individualized program completion plan.

Supportive Aftercare - (substance abuse)

Weekly group meetings during which Participants will receive support and continued recovery information. The focus of the group will be processing how individuals are utilizing recovery tools and concepts previously acquired during substance abuse treatment. Length is determined by your referring agency. Generally, aftercare is recommended for six months to a year after completion of a primary treatment program.

Cognitive Education for Youth

Developed utilizing the evidence based curriculum of Truthought LLC (www.truthought.com) and Thinking for a Change. The Cognitive Education for Youth program teaches participants and parents the following: how to identify and challenge destructive thinking patters; learn tools to become more accountable for the choices they make; gain insight into how past thinking has harmed themselves and others; evaluate motivation for change; evaluate current relationships and start to make an effort to build healthier ones; and , honestly evaluate key areas in their lives and establish a plan to make improvement as needed. The program is designed to be a minimum of 12 weekly one hour group sessions.

Money Management/Theft Prevention

Participants attend a total of two scheduled classes, each class being 3 hours in length, with 2 hours of homework assignments in between the 1st & 2nd class. Total of 8 hours. Participants use a workbook in a group setting with specific attention given to making better choices in the areas of: financial responsibility; being considerate of others; combat the use of thinking that contributes to Theft related behaviors; building healthy, positive relationships. This is a close ended group that requires the participants to attend and particpate in both scheduled 3-hour class sessions and have all written assignments completed for program completion.

Drug and Alcohol Urinalysis Screening

Drug and Alcohol Urinalysis Screening are conducted on a "walk-in" basis every Tuesday and Thursday between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm at 503 Main St, Georgetown location. There is no need to call to schedule. The fee is $50 cash or money order. You will be provided with a receipt and a copy of your results at the time of testing. This process generally takes 15 to 20 minutes. Please bring a photo ID.

Pre - Disposition Substance Abuse Evaluations and Risk Assessments

Pre - Disposition Substance Abuse Evaluations and Risk Assessments - (Not for Pre-Trial Intervention Candidates) Email Instructions: Subject line titled "Pre-Disp Eval", then add your Last name, First initial. Email to include your full name/contact number and send to info@theccedu.org . You will be contacted to schedule a day/time for your evaluation. Evaluations generally take 1 ½ hours. These evaluations are designed to provide information to Attorneys and the Courts to assist with decisions associated with disposition of a case. Costs: Substance Abuse Evaluation only = $100; Substance Evaluation and Level of Service Inventory Revised (LSIR - Risk and Needs assessment) =$150. A drug screening is also recommended to support the findings of the Substance Abuse Evaluations. Drug and Alcohol screenings are available for $50. Payment is due at the time of your screening and/or evaluation in the form of cash and/or money order. A receipt will be provided at the time of payment. With your consent, a written report reflecting the evaluation summary will be made available to the Courts and/or your Attorney. Please bring a photo ID.