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Intervention for Adult Gangs and Prison Gangs

Even though adult gangs are not as common as youth gangs, prison gangs are a growing concern for American correctional institutions. Gang intervention programs in adult corrections departments provide a specific challenge in addressing prison gangs! We can help your facilities with several types of specific adult correctional resources:

  • gang intervention resources based on motivational interviewing/motivational enhancement (MI/MET) and cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) methodologies
  • "preparation for treatment" resources which guide the change process to the point where gang intervention can take place
  • core program materials which continue to support the specific gang intervention resources, and also set up a successful transition and re-entry ("Returning Home)
  • resources for use in administrative segregation (in-cell resources) prior to adult correctional group programming
  • "stages of change" materials use motivational interviewing (MI) techniques to guide the process from pre-contemplation to action and maintenance
  • specific resources for gang intervention which address issues of aggression and violence
  • specific resources for gang intervention which address family-of-origin issues, past trauma, and a wide range of specific risk factors underlying gang involvement
  • resources for "getting away from the gang"
  • extensive resources in both English and Spanish, as well as male and female gender-specific resources
  • vocational readiness materials

Because prison gangs can present a unique challenge correctional facilities, our materials designed to address prison gangs' activity can be used flexibly with other anti-gang violence resources. Let us help you build solid antigang strategies for addressing prison gangs.

These adult correctional program cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and motivational interviewing/motivational enhancement (MI/MET) resources are based on state-of-the-art evidence-based models. They include significant elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET), including specific tools for motivational interviewing (MI) in each of the workbooks. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) promotes re-evaluation of dysfunctional emotions and behaviors to bring about change. Motivational enhancement therapy (MET) seeks to promote change by making the client aware of problems and consequences of behavior. The motivational interviewing (MI) tools we provide are non-confrontational and gently provoke awareness. We can work with you to customize a gang intervention curriculum using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET) techniques specifically to the needs of your facility or community program.

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