In some treatment modalities such as long-term support groups, open ended relapse prevention sessions, long-term treatment and prison-based programs there is often a need for new group session ideas based on criminal thinking and thinking error deterrents. Here is a creative idea for using the free Criminal Thinking Pinterest images available on the criminalthinking.net website
- As a facilitator, print out the same number of inspirational graphics as there are group members. If possible, print on card stock paper so that the image doesn’t show through the other side.
- Ask group members to to pick a card without looking at the image.
- Begin with one person and ask them to show their card and read it out loud to the group.
- Ask the person to explain which ‘criminal thinking error‘ they believe the card represents best and have them give an example of the error in their life.
Note: The more recent the life example the better. Criminal thinkers like to view themselves as good people and will want to explain that the error is something in the past.
- Then, ask the person to provide an example of a deterrent they could have used to change the thought.
- Finally, ask them to describe how the card and corresponding error is a pattern in their life that continually leads them to harmful results.
- When the person finishes their presentation move to the next person.
- When the group is done, ask them how this type of exercise can help change criminal thinking patterns.
What do you think of this group idea? What ideas have you used for thinking-change type groups?
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