You're pretty good at this George. You should do the Advanced Practicum and we'll hit the road together...

It was November 5, 2004 and the final day of Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator Training at the FL Dept. of Juvenile Justice regional office in Tampa, FL. The Program Specialist from the National Institute of Corrections who had the idea for and spearheaded the creation of what would become the most sought after cognitive-behavioral program in the corrections field spoke those words to me and they would change the course of my professional and personal life. Exactly one year later, I attended the Thinking for a Change Advanced Practicum (training for trainers) in Lima, Ohio and hit the road. Since 2005, I have taught an average of nine T4C trainings per year, making me perhaps the most experienced T4C trainer in the field.

About the Thinking for a Change curriculum:

Thinking for a Change is a cognitive–behavioral curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the risky thinking of adult and juvenile offenders. T4C is a cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) program that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and the development of problem-solving skills.

 

Designed for delivery to small groups in 25 lessons, the T4C program can be expanded indefinitely to meet the needs of specific participant groups. Members of prisons, jails, community corrections, probation, and parole supervision settings all use the T4C program to address a wide range of risky behaviors.

If your agency is interested in implementing the Thinking for a Change curriculum or developing and executing a plan to train your own trainers then contact me today.

Why choose me for your T4C Training?
  • The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) has transitioned to a blended format with 6 weeks of vitrual training (WebEx) and 3 days of live class with a trainer, and no longer offers the 4-day live classroom training. Most agencies prefer completing the training in 4 days with a live trainer.

  • Wait times for NIC training events may be too long for agencies in need of timely training.

  • I have served as an NIC Technical Resource Provider accruing 15 years of experience with the program and I am committed to following the NIC training protocol.

  • Lower training cost respecting the budgetary challenges facing most agencies.

  • I still facilitate the T4C program with an at-risk population.

  • I began my criminal justice career 22 years ago on the night shift of a juvenile prison which gives me credibility with your staff. 

 

Testimonials:

Dr. Gretchen Kerr, Exec. Director Distributed Service

George Schmalstig is an exceptional facilitator for both "Motivational Interviewing" and "Thinking For A Change".  He engages the class and solicits participation in a way that leads to meaningful understanding of the material presented. He makes the classes entertaining and thought provoking. His passion for sharing this material speaks volumes of his desire for others to utilize it well in helping others. 

 

Ivan White, Program Coordinator PRC Ocala

I found George's teaching style motional, inspiring, and educational. He was able to take extremely rigorous material and turn it into palatable information sure to be utilized by any agency.

 

James Truscott Ed.D.,  Licensed Psychologist

George trained staff members at our facility in T4C.  The training covered extensive amounts of information.  George was personable, organized, informative and effective.  George was able to quickly connect with staff and made the entire experience enjoyable.  I highly recommend George as a trainer.  Thanks George!

Let me be of service to you as I have been to:

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Department of Children and Families

Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice

Coomunity Housing Reconstruction Corp.

Eckerd

Associated Marine Institute

Mid-Atlantic Youth Services

Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Youth Services International

Northland Church

Therapeutic Alliance Group

Unlimited Path

Christian Acres Youth Center

DISC Village

Koinonia Worship Center

Louisiana Mentor

Keeton Corrections

Youth Opportunity

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