Mrt Programs

Criminal Justice

About Criminal Thinking Treatment

The criminal justice curriculum, How to Escape Your Prison, addresses criminal thinking, co-occuring disorders, and substance abuse.

The workbook is available for both adults and adolescents.

The workbook is used in a variety of criminal justice settings, including jails, prisons, community corrections, TCs, halfway houses, diversion, parole and probation, and drug/mental health/DUI courts.

Additionally, the workbook has been extensively used in substance abuse agencies, mental health centers, day reporting centers, intensive outpatient, residential psychiatric hospitals, educational settings, and private practices.

The MRT® -Moral Reconation Therapy  workbook  includes 16 steps, with 12 of these typically completed in 24-36 open-ended group sessions.

Clients complete workbook homework prior to coming to each session. In the group, clients present their homework and the facilitator passes the client to the next step — or directs the client redo the homework based on objective criteria.

All MRT groups are open-ended, meaning that new clients can enter an ongoing group at any time. Each group session usually has new clients, as well as some finishing the program.

Training for MRT Criminal Justice Curriculums

During the criminal justice training, each new facilitator receives a copy of the following:

    • How to Escape Your Prison (the MRT workbook)

  • MRT Facilitator’s Handbook (contains information on the group process, specific objective criteria and guidelines for all exercises and tasks in MRT, and specific “how to” instructions)

  • Reprints of 10 journal articles on outcome data on MRT programs (contains a description of cognitive behavioral approaches, cognitive restructuring, and cognitive skills programs)
  • 5-Minute Stress Manager and Imaginary Future CD

  • Effective Counseling Approaches for Chemical Abusers and Offenders
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder and Criminal Justice: Evidence-Based Practices (contains information on treating the most resistant of clients)

Training is not required for the following behavior-specific workbooks:


  • Thinking for Good (criminal thinking)


  • Family Support (child support)

  • Escaping A Bottomless Pit (revoked driver’s license)


  • Driving the Right Way (alcohol and DUI)

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