Developers of Moral Reconation Therapy® Release 'Self Preservation,' Book for Crime Victims

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Gregory Little, Ed.D, and Kenneth D. Robinson, Ed.D., developers of one of the most influential cognitive behavioral therapy programs in the corrections field, have released a new book for crime victims. Self Preservation: Resources and Hints for Crime Victims includes resources, a process and coping strategies for crime victims.

Gregory Little, Ed.D, and Kenneth D. Robinson, Ed.D., developers of one of the most influential cognitive behavioral therapy programs in the corrections field, have released a new book for crime victims. Self Preservation: Resources and Hints for Crime Victims includes resources, a process and coping strategies for crime victims.

"Each year, there are 6 million violent crime victims in the United States. No matter the severity, being a victim of a crime changes how you view the world," Robinson said. "All too often, victims are left to deal with the aftermath alone. Our goal in developing this book was to help victims of various types of crime to cope and connect with helpful support services."

Self Preservation summarizes the problems crime victims often encounter and the long-lasting effects of trauma. By understanding these symptoms, including Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, victims can begin to cope, the authors write. Self Preservation helps victims acknowledge and accept the crime, assess the trauma, and understand typical reactions. In addition, the book offers positive coping strategies and helps victims avoid negative coping mechanisms. Finally, the book outlines resources available for crime victims in the United States and Australia by type of crime, such as theft, burglary, child abuse or domestic violence.

Little and Robinson developed Moral Reconation Therapy in 1985. MRT is among the most researched cognitive behavioral intervention programs, with more than 120 studies validating its effectiveness. MRT is used in correctional institutions, community corrections, drug and mental health courts and treatment programs. Its core premise is improving offender decision-making skills. In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration placed MRT on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Self Preservation ($5) was published by Eagle Wing Books and is 73 pages. It is available through Correctional Counseling, Inc. at http://www.ccimrt.com or by calling 901-360-1564.

About Correctional Counseling Inc. (http://www.ccimrt.com)
Based in Memphis, Tenn., Correctional Counseling, Inc. was formed in 1987. CCI specializes in providing cognitive behavioral staff training, treatment workbooks and materials as well as adult and juvenile outpatient, offender-specific substance abuse and accountability services. CCI provides correctional services to a variety of criminal justice agencies in the United States and commonwealths. CCI conducts multiple training sessions throughout the U.S. each year. CCI's Moral Reconation Therapy cognitive behavioral program has been used with more than 1 million offenders since first introduced in 1985.

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