Non-Clinical Programs

Non-Clinical Programs

Non-clinical programs are designed to address the way a person thinks and behaves. These programs are delivered by volunteers and NDCS staff members, including security staff, unit staff, teachers, and administrators.

Some programs, such as Thinking for a Change, are evidence-based, meaning research has proven the program to be effective.

Others, such as The 7 Habits on the Inside or Common Sense Parenting, are positive programs that teach a new perspective and share ideas on how to live better lives. 

 

Program Description
7 Habits on the Inside

Developed by FranklinCovey in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Corrections, 7 Habits on the Inside uses the principles of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, tailored for the incarcerated individual. The program seeks to empower individuals to manage their own lives in such a way as to be successful in prison and in the community. (10 sessions) 


Needs Addressed: Attitudes/Behavior; Family; Employment; Life Skills

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a workshop that that provides insight on anger and relationships; and new ways to address disagreements.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, family, friends, employment

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out

Beyond Anger and Violence/From the Inside Out is a program in which participants address anger, reconciliation; emotions management for strengthening and maintaining relationships. This program provides guidelines for daily living.


Needs Addressed:  Aggression, attitudes/behavior.

Beyond Trauma

Beyond Trauma is a gender-specific, trauma-informed program for women.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Challenge Series

The Challenge Series is a Restrictive Housing journaling program designed to assist individuals prepare for general housing placement. 


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Community Justice Center Emotional Hygiene

Explore the root of emotions, accountability, responsibility, and management of these areas.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior

Community Justice Center Victims Impact/Empathy

This program increases a participant's understanding of the harm/damages they caused their victims, communities and themselves. The program also provides an important life skill module that teaches how to become emotionally proficient, which translates into better decision making and reduced conflicts.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior, Life skills.

Courage to Change

A series of cognitive-behavioral interactive journals in which participants can address their individual problem areas based on a criminogenic risk and needs assessment.


Attitudes/Behavior

Destination Dads-Common Sense Parenting

Provides parents with a menu of techniques that will aid them in building positive family relationships; preventing and correcting misbehavior; using consequences to improve behavior.  Teaches self-control and how to stay calm.


Need addressed:  Family

Destination Dads-Inside Out Dads

Incarcerated fathers get tools they need to become more involved, responsible, and committed in the lives of their children.


 

Need addressed:  Family

Destination Dads-Within My Reach

Critical and concrete tools are provided which help participants improve interactions with those who matter in their lives.  Subjects are knowing yourself first, smart love and making your own decisions.


Need addressed:  Family

Domesti-PUPS

Participants in Domesti-PUPS train dogs to become service animals for persons with disabilities, pet therapy programs, classroom dogs and education programs.


Needs addressed: Pro-social, attitude, behavior

EMPWR

A gender responsive trauma informed care program created to provide tools to move beyond the cycle of addiction an abuse, become self-confident, self controlled, self-directed and self-empowered.  

Need addressed:  Attitude/behavior

Exploring Trauma

Participants explore the effects of trauma and how it has impacted their lives.


Needs addressed: Attitude/behavior 

 

Kairos

A leadership experience from a Christian perspective:


Needs addressed:  Life skills, support, outside interest.

Living Skills

This program provides individuals living in  the Special Management Unit with life skills which assists an inmate learn to make the appropriate behavioral changes necessary to transfer back to general population. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Marriage Builders Program

Married couples come together to strengthen their marriages.


Need Addressed:  Family

Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)

MRT is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioral intervention which leads to enhanced moral reasoning, better decision making and more appropriate behavior. 


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior.

Parenting 0-5

Focuses on teaching cooperation, communication, and appropriate discipline.


Need addressed:  Family.

Parenting 10 Greatest Gifts

Focuses on assisting the participant create a family vision and plan to fulfill that vision.


Need addressed:  Family.

Parenting 5-12

Focuses on teaching cooperation, communication and appropriate discipline.


Need addressed:  Family.

Parenting Teen

Focuses on teaching cooperation, communication and appropriate discipline.


Need addressed:  Family

Prison Fellowship Academy

This 12-month program operates in a mission-specific housing unit and focuses on cognitive restructuring with faith-based content.


Needs addressed;  Attitudes, behavior

Restorative Justice

This program, hosted by the Community Justice Center, emphasizes the importance of repairing harm caused by criminal behavior.


Need addressed:  Pro-social; attitudes/behavior.

Restrictive Housing Peer Mentoring Program

This pilot program will provide individuals assigned to longer term restrictive housing (LTRH) status access to trained peer mentors from general population inmates, as a means to aid them in transitioning to general population and increasing their chances of succeeding.

Second Chance Pups

Second Chance Pups selects inmate volunteers to train dogs in basic obedience while providing human socialization and interaction with other dogs.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social/outside interest; attitudes; behavior.

Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA)

Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) provides women the opportunity to discuss female health issues and learn lessons about healthy lifestyles.


Needs addressed:  Health and life skills.

The Challenge Program

The Challenge Program (TCP) (formerly known as Close Management Units) is Mission Specific Housing that provides a controlled and highly structured alternative to restrictive housing for individuals who have demonstrated an institutional history of violent and/or Security Threat Group (STG) behavior.  TCP is incentive-based and requires participants to engage in non-clinical programming and meet behavior expectations to progress through each phase.


Needs Addressed:  Attitudes; behavior.

Thinking for a Change

Thinking for a Change is a high-level cognitive behavioral program developed by the National Institute of Corrections. The program uses role playing to concentrate on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes; behavior; family; friends; aggression.

Transformation Project

The Transformation Project is transition and reentry program aimed at promoting positive behavior during incarceration and preparing participants for transition back into the community. Self-study modules are available for incarcerated individuals in long-term restrictive housing.


Needs addressed:  Attitudes, behavior, re-entry.

Victim Impact

This program emphasizes participant accountability and understanding of how the participant's behavior has impacted the victim.


Needs addressed:  Pro-social; attitudes/behavior