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August 17, 2020

Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment: Recognizing Criminal Thinking Patterns

Many behavioral health practitioners recognize the importance of CBT in addressing substance use disorders. Equally important for individuals in the criminal legal system is CBT that addresses criminal thinking. CBT is a well-researched, evidence-based practice that can be effectively incorporated into treatment and programming plans for people who have been arrested, incarcerated, or on probation/parole. It can help individuals recognize thinking patterns that lead to antisocial behavior, which includes both substance abuse and criminal actions. Specifically, in jail and prison reentry settings, CBT programming is a vital element in achieving successful community reintegration.

During this webinar, we will:

  • Provide an overview of the risk, need, and responsivity framework for working with individuals involved in the criminal legal system.
  • Discuss the research behind addressing criminal thinking through CBT.
  • Describe several criminal thinking patterns that can be addressed with CBT.


  • Mike Kane, Deputy Director, Crime and Justice Institute
  • Jen Christie, Senior Trainer and Policy Specialist, Crime and Justice Institute

To view a PDF version of the slide deck that was used during this webinar, click here.

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