Objectives of the Residential Programs

The program is based on a social learning approach which maintains that an offender’s behavior and substance abuse have been learned over time.  A primary tenet of social learning theory is that offenders can learn new behaviors, attitudes, and feelings by observing other people and events followed by individual practice of appropriate thoughts and behaviors. 

The Social Learning Community offers a unique social learning environment in which offenders are exposed to a structured, pro-social environment that includes appropriate approval and disapproval, an organized structure of sanctions and rewards, recognition and appreciation of consequences, the use of other offenders as peer role models, and a structure of communication and daily activities.  Offenders learn new behaviors, attitudes, and feelings by observing other people, by receiving daily, immediate feedback about their thinking and actions, by being confronted on their criminally distorted thinking, and by being taught new cognitive coping strategies. 

Our Social Learning Communities promote adaptive management or “learning by doing".  Clients utilize events and interactions within the community to practice new skills, receive feedback (from other clients and staff), and utilize that feedback to modify their responses.