Story by Claudia Lopez, CC III, and Leo Jimenez, Clinical Supervisor
Photo by Lt. Roland Ramon, AA/PIO
Correctional Training Facility
The Cognitive Behavior Treatment (CBT) program at the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) recently completed an exterior mural that represents phases of change and tools for success.
What you will find upon entering the perimeter is a set of stairs which are painted with the words “steps to success” and a mural that depicts evidence-based tools. The mural has a toolbox signifying where the newly acquired skills will go. In the center of the mural, a drop of water creating a ripple represents the victims who were impacted by crime.
An anger tree rooted by pain and fear reflects the individual struggle which some men experience. The Epictetus quote, “Men are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them,” solidifies the teachings that this rehabilitative program seeks to instill in the individuals beliefs.
The overall picture is pursuant to Nelson Mandela’s life where he went from number, to name, to dignity. The mural measures 50 feet in height and 70 feet in length. It took the artists about a month to complete.
The CBT program is a collaborative effort between CTF and Phoenix House to provide cognitive behavior therapy to offenders at CTF. By using a cognitive behavioral treatment approach with a therapeutic community undertone the program seeks to teach and support participants in generating alternative solutions and adopting law-abiding lifestyles.
The groups provided in the CBT program include; Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Criminal Thinking, Anger Management, Family Relationships and a newly launched Long Term Offender Program (LTOP). Participants establish a set of goals at the onset of treatment and work towards achieving those goals through attendance in group services, individual counseling and transitional support.