Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients. Developed in 1985 by Gregory Little, Ed.D., and Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D., more than 120 published reports have documented that MRT-treated offenders show significantly lower recidivism for periods as long as 20 years after treatment. Studies show MRT-treated offenders have rearrest and reincarcertion rates 25% to 75% lower than expected.
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The above therapy sounds interesting but involved. I wonder how much of it could be used in a 20 minute med session. I once was introduced to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in Massachusetts. (http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/substance-abuse/prevention/screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to.html). I've used the principles/techniques numerous times in my work to good effect.
But often, I'm at a loss and fall back on 'scaring them with science', aka using studies and facts about the negative effects of cannabis use. I know this can push clients away and make me sound like I am lecturing, so I usually soften the presentation with humor.
Anyone have a tips?