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Unformatted text preview: O bje c t 1 The most effective types of CBT include two components: a cognitive restructuring component aimed at challenging negative thought patterns and a cognitive skills training component aimed at building social and problem-solving skills. Cognitive restructuring programs aim to confront attitudes and distorted thinking that prompt and maintain criminal behavior. One of the earliest forms of cognitive restructuring emerged from Yochelson and Samenows description of thinking errors that were found to be common among offenders they treated at St. Elizabeths Hospital. Some of these errors included a tendency to blame other people or circumstances when they are held accountable, a need to control others to boost their own self esteem, the perception that they are the victim, and an attitude of ownership over people and things. According to Yochelson and Samenow traditional treatment approaches only reinforce the offenders sense of being a victim in society. Instead they call for an approach that directly confronts the thinking errors and holds offenders accountable...
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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2010 for the course COR 850 taught by Professor Matthews,b during the Fall '08 term at E. Kentucky.
- Fall '08