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RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM
A Program of Dave Harmon and Associates, Inc. for Defective Criminal Thinking Offenders
RESPONSIBLE CHOICES is a program of Dave Harmon and Associates, Inc.(DH&A) provides counseling and consultation for those individuals who struggle to managing inappropriate theft behavior (taking what is NOT yours) by stealing, robbing, embezzling, running a scam, writing bad checks, forgery, taking possession of other's property or valuables, failure to pay child support,, or other forms of theft, deception, and dishonesty. We treat adults, including seniors, and youth; individual participants may come to RESPONSIBLE CHOICES' on a voluntarily and involuntarily basis. The program was designed to assist participants with their "Defective (Criminal) Thinking and Behaviors" such as inappropriate theft behavior ("taking what is NOT yours").
Participation in the RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM may mean your being able to remain in your home, on your job, AND in the community, avoiding incarceration so long as one continues following a treatment plan, avoids inappropriate theft activity, deception, or dishonesty, or doing anything else that might cause one to be incarcerated in a correctional facility.
PROGRAM RESPONSIBLE CHOICES focuses on positive ways of living. Participants have a REAL opportunity to:
1)openly examine the facts;
2)take ownership of unhealthy choices;
3)understand the consequences of unhealthy choices;
4)understand the recovery process from these unhealthy choices;
5)practice and rehearse new healthy choices;
6)start making healthier decisions with less negative consequences through treatment, goal setting, relapse prevention planning, aftercare support planning, self-help programs, and counseling.
q Theft-Free Status
Those who participate in the RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM find that they are more able to maintain their theft-free status while avoiding new legal problems. They generally experience more balance in relations with family, friends, school, and employers. Participants find themselves living in a way that their family will feel proud.
q Treatment Assignments
Participation in the RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM involves the completion of written assignment, giving and receiving feedback, learning new and healthier ways to perceive and respond to others, the community and yourself.
q Self-Help Participation
You will also likely be ask to participate in a self-help program, SHOPLIFTERS ANONYMOUS and other similar programs if you are addressing chemical dependency, gambling, anger, domestic violence, or other mental health problems. All of these recovery activities will need to be documented on a "Client Activity Log".
q Thinking Errors
RESPONSIBLE CHOICES was designed to help you use new tools inside and outside of the recovery center after practicing by discussion and role play in the treatment program. Participants are required to bring assignments to sessions to discuss. The first assignment requires that you become familiar with major DEFECTIVE CRIMINAL THINKING ERRORS and how to correct each of them. For example, "I don't do this." assignments are given for each corrective action needed. Your effort is documented for your referral sources on a Weekly Progress Report, which may be provided to your initial referral source. The second part describes the DETERRENTS, ways of stopping irresponsible thoughts, behaviors, or actions.
Spouses, partners, or parent(s) may help by becoming familiar with the thinking errors, correctives, and deterrents, assisting with learning to identify errors, assisting with using the correctives and deterrents by pointing them out at home. Feedback as to which errors one sees most frequently can be very helpful, especially when you make it less often. All individuals are ask to contract with a partner who will need to be involved in sessions as they are requested, generally at least monthly to discuss progress. Adult partners may also be ask to participate in the actual group sessions weekly or to attend individual progress reviews, or as helpful. As a teen, one may have come referred by parents, high school principal, counselor, Board of Education, juvenile court probation officer, Juvenile Court, or even a court worker who assist in avoiding the expense of court/legal problems while helping with the immediate problem - avoiding taking what is NOT yours.
GOALS OF RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM
q Cessation of all Theft & Dishonest Offenses
Cessation of criminal theft offenses or violations of companies, financial and commercial institutions, individuals, as well as negative impact of this behavior on the family, children, spouse, and partner, significant other, or the community- at-large, providing a safer, more secure environment for all;
The participant/offender must take responsibility for his/her theft, deception, and dishonesty behaviors;
Coping and Cognitive Behavioral Skills. The participant/offender must develop the Coping Skills, and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to assist in preventing Relapse into further theft, deception, and dishonesty;
Empathy. The participant/offender must develop an increased sense of empathy for his/her victim(s), those we took from as well as the and including companies, financial institutions, commercial institutions, individuals, as well as the family, children, or significant others;
The participant/offender must take responsibility for developing a plan of restitution to companies, financial institutions, commercial institutions, individuals, as well as their family, significant others, and the society-at-large.
q Relapse Prevention Plan
The participant/offender must take responsibility for developing a Relapse Prevention Plan to assist him/herself in preventing future theft or criminal offenses involving theft or "taking what is NOT yours" to assist in reducing the RISK of further violations or offenses.
q Amends Plan
The participant/offender must take responsibility for developing and implementing an Amends Plan to assist him/herself in correcting his/her wrongs to the degree possible and preventing future criminal offenses involving theft or "taking what is NOT yours"; and carry out the Amends Plan before completion of the program.
q Aftercare Plan
The offender must develop and implement an Aftercare Plan to assure cessation of all theft and deception.
The Offender must be willing to accept all referrals for treatment of any mental health, emotional, psychiatric, or chemical dependency, domestic violence or anger problem identified.
RESPONSIBLE CHOICES PROGRAM SESSIONS
The length of the program may vary by individual circumstances, but the minimum length of the program is generally 20 weeks, which may be extended until resolution of the theft behavior is clear; Participants are assigned individual sessions, and/or group sessions, Written Task Assignments consist of the following:
q Initial Screening Interview Session
An Initial Criminal Thinking Screening Interview to: 1) Assess the seriousness level of the Defective Criminal Thinking, 2) Assess the Risk of Re-offending Theft Behavior, 3) Assess the Danger to Public Safety, 4) Assess Amenability or Suitability for Treatment participation, and 5) Develop Recommendations for the content and structure of the treatment needed bt the particular offender;
q Initial Assessment Interview Sessions
An Initial Criminal Thinking Assessment Screening Interview to: 1) Assesses Suitability for Treatment Participation, and 2) to assess the offenders treatment needs, 3) to assess the offender's need for other mental health and/or substance abuse treatment; 4) to develop Recommendations for the Content and Structure of the Treatment Program needed bt the particular offender. All treatment needs are addressed through Treatment or Referral to appropriate services;
q Weekly Treatment Group Sessions
Offender typically participates in weekly treatment groups that also include specific Psycho-educational information, discussion topics, and evaluate lethality and progress in treatment;
q Individual Progress Review Sessions
Individual Progress Review Sessions are held with each offender to discuss progress, provide encouragement, guide the offender towards positive change and assist in achievement of all goals;
q Treatment Task Sessions
All offenders are required to complete seven (7) major program treatment task assignments (homework). If an offender has attended 20 group meetings, but has not completed all 7 treatment task assignments to the satisfaction of the Counselor, he/she will be required to continue attending group meetings until they have completed all treatment task assignments;
q Relapse Prevention Planning Sessions
A Relapse Prevention Plan Session is held with each offender to: Review Progress, Finalize the Relapse Prevention Plan. Each client or offender is encouraged to use the Relapse Prevention Plan in his/her daily living and discuss the results with their treatment group or therapist;
q Aftercare/Discharge Planning Session
An Aftercare/Discharge Planning Session is held with each offender before final completion to: Review Progress, Review the Theft Relapse Prevention Plan, Complete an Aftercare Plan, Document Completion of the Defective Criminal Thinking and Behavior Program for the appropriate Court, Probation/Parole Office, Child Protective Service, employer, family, significant others, or parents, and to say Goodbye unless the offender is choosing to continue in voluntary treatment.
CLINICAL STAFF/CredentialsAl Perkins, MSSW, LCSW, ACSW, CCGC, CISD, CCGC, SAP
Dave Harmon, MSSW, MDIV, LCSW, CADC, ICADC, SAP, CCGC, CISD, CPCT, BATT
Jim Ward, MS, CADC, ICADC, CCGC, CISD, CCGC, SAP
Linda Weis, MSSW, LCSW, CADC
Dr. Nan Henderson, D.O., Addiction Specialist, Family
Medical Review Officer (MRO)
Margaret Harmon, RN, Office Manager
Director of Drug & DNA Testing Programs
Certified/Trained Drug/Alcohol Collectors (4)
Chris Luckett, BA (Industrial Safety), MEd,
Supervisor of Industrial Safety Programs