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eeagle - 9/25/2015 2:33:44 PM
October 2015: Change Company curriculums
At the last RSAT conference, and the site visit on Cape Cod last year, I’ve heard a lot of people rave about the Change Companies’ curriculums.  I’ve tried to find research supporting that these are recommended evidence based treatments, but haven’t had any luck.  RIDOC has really been stressing having research to back up what we use, so wondering if you have any knowledge of this or know someone in particular that I could contact?

eeagle - 10/15/2015 3:05:45 PM
RE:October 2015: Change Company curriculums

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) includes Interactive Journaling in its National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.  Interactive Journaling is a goal-directed, client-centered model that aims to reduce substance abuse and substance-related behaviors, such as recidivism, by guiding adults and youth with substance use disorders through a process of written self-reflection. The model is based on structured and expressive writing techniques, principles of motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and the integration of the transtheoretical model of behavior change.


Two studies were reviewed for the SAMHSA entry. One study included a 24-page journal titled "Changing Course," which was delivered as a self-guided program for reducing recidivism among male inmates who had substance use dependence, were incarcerated at a local jail, and had at least one other arrest in the previous 12 months. Another study included a 64-page journal, which was delivered as the basis of a 12-hour, facilitated course curriculum for reducing recidivism among first-time DUI offenders.

~Andy Klein