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David Stevenson

Clinical Support


Thank you so much for your reply and for granting us permission to use your material. On behalf of Bridges of America, Broward County (, I would like to thank you for creating and offering such informative material that we have found extremely helpful in our curriculums. Bridges is a statewide Outpatient and Aftercare Therapeutic Community that is under contract with the Florida Department of Corrections. We provide treatment and work release programs for inmates who are in the last 24-36 months of their sentence.

Posted: 5/3/2016


Mary Erhart
Program Supervisor
Thanks for generously sharing your materials.  I will certainly make sure you receive credit.  I supervise drug court in Washington County Oregon.  Our outpatient treatment program has a strong emphasis on criminal thinking/behavior and clients are required to present a Victim Impact Statement before they finish treatment.  Your materials are perfect for this assignment.
Posted: 9/13/2013



Marlene G. Elkins-Watts
Addictions Recovery Specialist
I have introduced your link to some of my co-worker peers, one of which works for WCC level 2 out-patient Substance Abuse Treatment, and two who work for the Therapeutic Community, a more intensive in-patient substance abuse treatment program.  I suggested they try the CT Group Tip posted on 6-4-13.  My Phase II (Criminal Lifestyles curriculum) clients did really well with it and most of them gained some really awesome insights from the experience.  Thank you so much for sharing the tip! 

Posted: 6/10/2013


Robyn Deacon

Social Services Coordinator


Thanks for your help!! This website is awesome and applies to our residents in every way!!
Posted: 12/12/2012

Marlene G. Elkins-Watts, CDACII
Addictions Recovery Specialist

It is great to see a new resource for criminal thinking! I enjoy your blog very much. Even though everyone in the profession deals with this very problem everyday, it is nice to find new approaches and have a place to get new ideas from. Please keep up the amazing work. I deeply appreciate you efforts!
Posted: 8/1/2012




Thank-you so much! One of my staff members came across the CT website and materials provided and shared that he had presented the first module in group and the response was phenomenal, the clients were able to grasp the concept and identify their errors in thinking. Our program is located in the Arlington County Detention Facility and we provide substance abuse treatment to clients who have been court-ordered to our program.  So, we are always looking for evidence-based material to address criminal-thinking/addicted behavior.  I will look for you on Facebook and like you.  Take care and I look forward to seeing what other great materials you will make available.
Posted: 6/12/2012



Hugh MacMillan
I used your victim awareness module while facilitating a class down at Everglades Correctional Institution. It was probably the best program that I have been a part of during my substantial stay in prison.  The Victim Awareness stuff was used in the transition program. It opened a lot of people’s eyes. We also depended much on the teachings of Dr. Stanton Samenow.  Now I’m working with Horizon Communities in Prison, an outfit that’s dedicated to bringing about change in the prison system. An outfit that also was instrumental in bringing about change in me. It’s my hope that the time I spent behind the fences will not be in vain. Great work!!
Posted: 1/19/2012




Kimberly Eaton, Ph.D., LCSW, LCSW-C


I direct a county managed Day Reporting Center for adult offenders. I am always looking for worksheets and materials that I can have staff use. I think your materials, exams and worksheets look great.  Currently, our jail has a victim awareness course, but we do not. I thought I might add it using your materials. Thanks for a wonderful resource.




Jennifer Rihel-Milliron
I work with teenage boys in a residential treatment facility for mental health issues. I am always looking for good worksheets to help them work on thinking errors...I am so excited to have new materials to use.  I am always trying to personalize the work that I give to the boys that I work with and a small selection makes that difficult.  I am so happy that I stumbled upon your web site. I look forward to investigating it further.




Walter Bingham
I work in a substance abuse treatment facility located in a county jail in S. Florida. We incorporate a "Boot Camp" discipline component and criminal thinking is, perhaps, the most important part of our treatment. Your site contains excellent information and concrete ideas that can really facilitate change in our clients. Thank you for making it available and keep up the good work.

Matthew Esselstrom, MA
Your site is great!  I use the  Criminal/Corrective Thinking process in my work everyday and your site has the most useful and well organized information available on the web. Keep up the good work!

Josh Johnemeyer, OCC-DTP 
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate the open rights on the CT tools. I'm a beginning DTP counselor in MO and as of now they don't have a standard curriculum for the criminal thinking class I'm teaching in a prison. your sight has helped me out immensely and I feel that you guys have contributed to possibly changing many men's lives. Keep up the good work.

Jody McAnany 
Thank you for all of the information posted on your site.  It is not only very useful, but your site is well organized and easy to navigate.  I work in a residential treatment center for adolescents, all of whom have been diagnosed with mental illnesses.  Many people think this material can only be used with offenders, but it is very beneficial to this population as well.  Thanks again!

Laurie Lessard 
I used to work with Brian at LSS in Wisconsin!  And to think now he has his own website!  We've been using these materials for several years, it's great to have a web site to refer to for links, etc.  Good work!

Tina Arnoldi
Hope you keep adding to your page. I just started working as an offender rehabilitation counselor. Our curriculum is based entirely on Yochelson and Samenow.

Amy Maple 
I work with corrections as a facilitator for a juvenile program which is based on cognitive restructuring, including using "thinking errors" with the kids to help them see how their thinking becomes "distorted" and can lead them to engage in risky behaviors. Thanks for your additional information!

Lisa Galyen 
I work in juvenile corrections (young women) and was introduced to these theories. This is a very nice site and I hope to see more.

Daniel North 
I will keep an eye on the development of your site. I currently work as a prison psychologist.

Jim LaBundy
Always in search of new ideas. I supervise a large ex offender program in a correctional setting, basing much on cognitive-behavioral and Samenow. Good work. Jim LaBundy, Farmington Correctional Center, in Farmington, MO

John Lister 
I was amazed at your Criminal Thinking Therapy site, I am a Prison Officer in Scotland and I present Cognitive Skills to groups of prisoners. Every one of the excuses you listed in the first three sections I have heard, most in the last 2 days!! Any further info that you have would be gratefully received. Can you let me know when you have finished the site as the first 3 sections blew me away!!! All the best John Lister.

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