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NCJ Number: 127237 Find in a Library
Title: Cognitive Perspective in the Treatment of Incarcerated Clients
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:16  Issue:1/2  Dated:(1990)  Pages:27-45
Author(s): T C Walsh
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 19
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A cognitive therapy model is a viable approach for social workers in treating incarcerated clients.
Abstract: The basic premise of cognitive theory is that thinking shapes behavior. Under such a theory, antisocial behavior results from learned irrational thinking that produces self-defeating behavior. In cognitive therapy, the social worker's role is that of a teacher, and the client becomes a student of human thought processes. In studying the client's immediate behavioral problems, the therapist can use explanations regarding connections between past and present cognitions, behaviors, and emotions. Cognitive therapy appeals to the rational, adult portion of the person's ego, thus enhancing a sense of competence and self-control. This approach is practical for incarcerated persons because it can be used in a time-limited circumstance, the learning gained from therapy can be practiced in the prison environment, and the principles learned apply in circumstances and interactions after release. Three case vignettes illustrate the application of the cognitive model to incarcerated clients. 24 references
Main Term(s): Cognitive therapy
Index Term(s): Cognitive developmental theory; Inmate treatment
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