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July-2016 Edition
Welcome to the NIC Information Center Dispatch!
In this issue:
  • NIC Spotlight: Juliana Taymans thoughts on Thinking for a Change 4.0
  • NIC Divisions
  • What's new in the NIC Library
  • This Month's Feature: Thinking for a Change 4.0
  • Resources on Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Upcoming NIC Training Events
  • About NIC
Next Month: NIC's Prisons Division
NIC Spotlight

In this issue we highlight the recent release by NIC of Thinking for a Change 4.0. In 1998, NIC produced the first version of T4C, which was authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with NIC. Recently, The NIC Information Center staff spoke with one of the authors, Dr. Juliana Taymans, about the new curriculum.

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NIC Divisions
NIC is comprised of four divisions, and the Information Center. The divisions are based on functions within the organization and the area of corrections that they serve. They are: The divisions are divided between offices in Washington, D.C. and Aurora, Colorado.
New In The Library
Corrections Stress: Peaks and Valleys

Staff is the life blood of any agency and its most valuable resource. Their wellness is paramount to organizational health and mission effectiveness. This recent training broadcast focused on the effects and consequences of corrections stress on staff and the organization.

Restrictive Housing: An Annotated Bibliography 2016

Restrictive housing is the practice of housing some inmates separately from the general population of a correctional institution and imposing restrictions on their movement, behavior, and privileges. This bibliography provides resources about the use of restrictive housing.

Veterans Treatment Courts: A Second Chance for Vets Who Have Lost Their Way

This white paper is based on a series of interviews, buttressed by personal observations, of key players in half a dozen jurisdictions where Veterans Treatment Courts have been operating with marked success.

This Month's Feature:
Thinking for a Change 4.0

screenshot In June of this year, NIC released the latest version of T4C. Since its inception, the curriculum has gone through a number of revisions and continues to be the most requested document from the NIC Information Center. This program combines cognitive restructuring theory with cognitive skills theory to create an innovative and integrated curriculum designed to help individuals in the juvenile and adult justice systems take control of their lives by taking control of their thinking. T4C is provided by corrections professionals in prisons, jails, detention centers, community corrections, probation, and parole settings who have successfully completed a minimum of 32 hours of T4C Facilitator Training. NIC has trained more than 10,000 individuals as T4C group facilitators, and more than 500 trainers who can train additional staff to facilitate the program with justice-involved clients. T4C has been the subject of many studies and has routinely proven to be effective in reducing recidivism when implemented with integrity. If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a T4C facilitator, or you have been trained and would like to apply for access to the new 4.0 curriculum please click here: Thinking for a Change 4.0.

Some enhancements to T4C 4.0:

  • The curriculum is now built on a responsive web platform that allows the facilitator to deliver from a computer or tablet.
  • T4C 4.0 now requires a login which allows users access to the curriculum but also provides a way to suggest improvements to the site and for NIC to reach out to users with important announcements.
  • Videos can be played directly from the website. Alternatively, videos are now embedded in the PowerPoint presentation slides.
  • The entire site is searchable so you can find any string of text on the website through the search box.
  • Better precision in the lesson scripts that detail specific actions during delivery.
  • Hundreds of improvements throughout the curriculum by the T4C authors.
  • An online forum is being added to the site in the near future to allow collaboration with other facilitators.
  • A new "Special Notes" section at the beginning of each lesson offering helpful advice and suggestions for that lesson (based on the experience of veteran facilitators).

Please click here for: Thinking for a Change 4.0: Frequently Asked Questions

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Resources

CBT image The following are a list of resources that have been hand-picked by our library team around this topic. If you would like some additional research assistance on this topic, please contact our help desk. They have access to specialized databases and thousands of resources you won't find online.

Upcoming Events
Register by: 07/25/2016
Chief Jail Inspectors' Network Meeting
Sep. 19-20, 2016 This meeting gives jail inspectors an opportunity to learn from others in the field.
Register by: 08/13/2016
Gender-Responsive Discipline and Sanctions: Planning for Policy Improvement
Sep. 13-16, 2016 This curriculum is based on content from the Gender-Responsive Discipline and Sanctions Policy Guide for Women’s Facilities and will walk participants through a process for developing an implementation plan to make changes in discipline policies and practices.
Register by: 09/09/2016
2016 Virtual Conference
Nov. 09, 2016 The purpose of this year’s conference will be to share current and emergent innovations in correctional practice through a keynote address, workshops, interactive LiveChat, networking, discussion forums, and virtual information booths. This year’s theme is “Leading with Innovation."
About NIC
Director The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute is headed by Director, Jim Cosby.
NIC provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies. We also provide leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers.
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