Evidence-based research has shown that successful programs focus on changing anti-social attitudes, feelings, peer associations, and include training in self-control and self- management. These programs also incorporate the principles of cognitive behavioral theory. The research indicates that a positive, supportive environment that reinforces and models appropriate behavior is far more successful than a punitive approach. Over the last three decades, NCTI has developed the following seven Building Blocks for Behavior Change. In keeping with evidence-based research, they are the foundation of our curriculum and delivery process.
Building Blocks for Behavior Change (in no particular order):
- Development of an individualized understanding of the relationship between values, attitudes and behaviors as they relate to the decision making process.
- The art of asking open-ended questions that elicit information from participants is the pathway to an intrinsic commitment to change.
- Establishment of a supportive environment, based on trust, that allows for trial and error.
- Use of an interactive learning process to ensure that each individual’s learning style is addressed.
- Providing opportunities to practice newly acquired skills.
- Use of a cognitive behavioral based curriculum that directs the learning process and ensures consistency of information and delivery.
- Utilization of the Real Colors personality system to enhance communication and understanding.
NCTI looks forward to empowering you to achieve the positive results these proven methods bring.