Cognitive Education Class


Program Description


This evidence-based programs cognitive behavioral exercises and lesson plans are designed to develop cognitive processes for responsible decision-making and to promote pro-social, responsible behavior. There are two (2) different tracks offered: Cognitive Education as well as Advanced Cognitive Education.

The Cognitive Education Class is 10 hours in length and is designed to introduce the cognitive thinking process by exploring tactics, thinking barriers and responsible thinking. After completion participants in need of additional resources may be referred to the Advanced Cognitive Education Program.

The Advanced Cognitive Education Program is 20 hours in length. This program will explore tactics, thinking barriers and responsible thinking on a deeper level and will focus on developing skills to choose a thought process for a better lifestyle (Truthought.com). Participants will utilize a workbook, Staying on Track. The workbook will assist participants in further exploring ideas related to Tactics, Thinking Barriers and Responsible Thinking. 

    

Eligibility

Both classes are available to the public but will primarily consist of probationers being supervised by the McLennan County CSCD. Many participants are Court ordered to complete this class as an initial condition of supervision; however this program may be utilized as sanction to impose with probationers who display thinking errors such as: “closed thinking”, “victim role”, “I’m okay self-image”, “reckless/careless attitude”, “instant gratification”, “fear of losing face”, “power as control”, “possessive attitude” and/or “superior uniqueness” (Truthought).  Track determination will be primarily based on the Texas Risk Assessment System (TRAS).

Referral Process


The full fee of $200.00 must be paid prior to enrolling in the Cognitive Education Class and at least $175.00 must be paid prior to enrolling in the Advanced Cognitive Education Program with the remaining balance paid by session five (5), All participants will complete an enrollment packet consisting of a personal data form, Truthought Thinking Error Survey and the Cognitive Education Program Agreement. Participants will receive a letter approximately two (2) weeks prior to the first class. Typically, class sessions will run from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to the participant at the conclusion of the class.

 Participants will be dropped from Cognitive Education Class for missing the first class or any class thereafter. Participants will be dropped from the Advanced Cognitive Education Program for missing the first class or for missing more than one (1) class thereafter. Participants will be required to pay a re-enrollment fee of $100.00 (unless waived by the program administrator) before he/she can be re-enrolled for the next available class.