Thinking for a Change

Footprints now offers the Thinking for a Change Curriculum!  In March 2018, Footprints’ staff members participated in a four day training session  with one of the program’s authors, Dr. Juliana Taymans, learning to teach the “Thinking for a Change” curriculum.

Thinking for a Change 4.0 (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). T4C is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders. An extensive body of research shows cognitive–behavioral programming significantly reduces recidivism of offenders.

The 12-week program meets twice a week and is divided into 25 lessons that last 1½ to 2 hours. The groups are led by two facilitators and are limited to 8 to 12 participants. Sessions include didactic instruction, role-play illustrations of concepts, and homework assignments to help participants practice the skills learned in the group lessons.

T4C stresses interpersonal communication skills development and confronts thought patterns that can lead to problematic behaviors. The program has three components: cognitive self-change, social skills, and problem-solving skills.


  • Lessons on cognitive self-change provide participants with a thorough process for self-reflection concentrated on uncovering antisocial thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and beliefs.
  • Social skills lessons prepare participants to engage in prosocial interactions based on self-understanding and awareness of the impact that their actions may have on others.
  • Finally, problem-solving skills integrate the two other components and provide participants with a step-by-step process to address challenges and stressful situations they may encounter.

We are organizing classes that will start soon. Self-pay and scholarship options are available.

To enroll ex-offenders and criminal justice-involved clients you work with, please contact us at (816) 561-0567.

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