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CBT interrupts cycles of poverty, trauma, and incarceration

Program provides CBT to at-risk individuals, with high success rates, keeping participants out of jail, in productive work, and with their families

This is part of a multi-state program, called Roca.  Sometimes it’s just teaching, and reinforcing, how to wait a couple of seconds before reacting to a triggering situation. “The harm reduction and CBT model targets this behavior allowing, over time, for people to build in 8-10 seconds of pause before going into an automatic stress response.”

Elsewhere, the program aims to stabilize mothers, which, in turn, will lead to better outcomes for their children. Dividends include keeping young moms out of trouble, finding them employment, and ultimately leading to improved developmental outcomes for 88% of the children. “Many young moms have been helped and are now working as well as raising young children, breaking out of the cycle of incarceration.”

The two factors that were forefront of the program were “persistence” and “CBT.”

To read the full article in Forbes, see–trauma/?sh=2879beea40b4


Related Information

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for help, either for yourself or someone else, you may be tempted to call someone who advertises in a local publication or who comes up from a search of the Internet. You may, or may not, find a competent therapist in this manner. It is wise to check on the credentials of a psychotherapist. It is expected that competent therapists hold advanced academic degrees. They should be listed as members of professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the American Psychological Association. Of course, they should be licensed to practice in your state. You can find competent specialists who are affiliated with local universities or mental health facilities or who are listed on the websites of professional organizations. You may, of course, visit our website ( and click on “Find a CBT Therapist”

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.