Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is the premiere cognitive-behavioral program for substance abuse treatment and for criminal justice offenders. Studies show MRT-treated offenders have rearrest and reincarcertion rates 25% to 75% lower than expected. MRT is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. Poor moral reasoning is common within at-risk populations.

MRT addresses beliefs and reasoning. It is a systematic, step-by-step group counseling treatment approach for treatment-resistant clients. The program is designed to alter how clients think and make judgments about what is right and wrong. The MRT system approaches the problem of treating resistant populations as a problem of low levels of moral reasoning. Moral reasoning represents how a person makes decisions about what he or she should or should not do in a given situation.


Thinking For Change (T4C)

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.

Designed for delivery to small groups in 25 lessons, the T4C program can be expanded to meet the needs of specific participant groups. Participants can include adults and juveniles or males and females. More than 400 trainers in 80-plus agencies are preparing additional staff to facilitate the program with offenders, and more than 8,000 correctional staff have been trained as T4C group facilitators.

In partnership with Community Corrections and the National Institute of Corrections, Building Healthy FamiliesT4C program provides service throughout Wallowa County.


For more MRT and T4C information contact Jason at jwilcox@oregonbhf.org.