Claudia Lopez, CCIII; Norma Diaz, CBT Facilitator; Olivia Arnett, PSA; Sophia Khamjoi, Journey Counselor; Tanisha Caraveo, Program Director; and Charmaine Hoggatt, HealthRight 360 Manager with graduates.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/PIO
Deuel Vocational Institution

The cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) program at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) recently held their first graduation ceremony. The CBT graduates completed 90-day curriculum-based courses in both Anger Management and Criminal Thinking and received certificates of achievement to recognize their attendance, participation, and efforts in addressing maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and working towards change in their lives.

The April 6 ceremony acknowledged the achievements of these men with music, poetry, speeches from both correctional counselors and CBT program staff, as well as snacks and refreshments for graduates. Audience members included other CBT program participants, program staff, and CDCR staff who offered their support and congratulations to the graduates.

The CBT program is a collaborative effort between DVI, the Division of Rehabilitative Programs and HealthRIGHT360 to provide cognitive behavioral therapy to offenders housed at DVI. Utilizing a therapeutic community approach and evidence-based curricula and interventions, the program seeks to teach and support participants in generating alternative solutions and adopting pro-social, law-abiding lifestyles. Groups provided in the CBT program include Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Criminal Thinking, Anger Management and Family Relationships. Participants establish a set of personal goals at the onset of treatment and work towards achieving those goals through attendance in group services, individual counseling, and transitional support.

Norma Diaz, CBT Facilitator, and Sean Simmons, Transitional Counselor, with inmate graduates.