Importance Of Cognitive Behavioral Approaches

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COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL APPROACH Once an offender has been assessed, whether in the correctional setting or community, a cognitive behavioral approach tends to be the most effective. Cognitive behavioral approaches include the professional focusing on the offenders cognitive patterns, the offenders affect, as well as the offenders preceding behavior exhibited prior to committing an offense. When attempting to reduce recidivism, criminal justice professionals attempt to aid the offender in taking responsibility for his or her own actions, as well as not blaming others when they experience an obstacle. Kroner & Yessine (2013) concluded in their research that by using cognitive behavioral therapy within a community setting reduced the recidivism between fifty-three and seventy percent! Latessa et al. (2014) noted that cognitive behavioral therapy can change the way an offender thinks. This is the goal of this therapy; most offenders have distorted thinking patterns that may have transpired over time. Therefore, there is a …show more content…
In addition, these offenders that gain employment will become contributing citizens, and also have less time to re-offend. Correctional policy makers should weigh all the options and determine if implementing vocational programs in all correctional facilities, both adult and juvenile, would be beneficial. There is a strong possibility where the criminal justice system would need to make an investment in finding trained and qualified staff that can teach these offenders the skills they desperately need upon release from prison. Finally, if the criminal justice system wants to see a stimulated economy, less recidivism, safer communities, and less crime overall, vocational programs may be at least part of a plan that could work on remedying the

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