MRT IN SCHOOLS
MRT has been used in educational settings since 1989. MRT is a SAMHSA NREPP evidence based program. More information on these early implementations can be found on the MRT History page. The initial implementation with juveniles was in a multi-site educational/job training program in Puerto Rico. The program immediately experienced increased completion rates and higher rates of employment for graduates. MRT has also been used in "At-Risk" programs for Middle and High School students. After demonstrating remarkable success with this specialized group, several schools employed MRT with the all students. Results showed significantly lower dropout, higher attendance, and higher grades. At-Risk programs utilize the MRT workbook Juvenile MRTHow To Escape Your Prison. Entire classrooms (with teachers as facilitators) utilize the MRT workbook Discovering Life & Liberty in the Pursuit of Happiness. Both MRT workbooks use the 12 MRT steps, with a general written discussion of each step in the workbook, followed by the exercises and homework requirements. The workbook Character Development is usually combined with MRT.
Several colleges (most notably Tidewater Community College in Virginia) have used basic MRT as a component in their "Welfare to Work" initiatives. The Tidewater program has graduated over 600 individuals and has been recognized as having the highest job placement and job retention rate in the country. Other colleges have used MRT as a counseling approach for students with disciplinary problems. The MRT workbook Filling the Inner Void has been used in colleges, in hospital-based programs, and in private practices with normal populations.
Every education-based MRT program that has collected outcome data has reported highly desirable significant changes as a result of MRT. Outcome research reports can be found here.
All MRT groups are open-ended. This means that new clients can enter a group at any time and be incorporated into the program.
Basic MRT training is required for all MRT facilitators. Call CCI (901) 360-1564 for information or go to: www.ccimrt.com.
Length of Program/Completion Rate: In general, school-based MRT programs report near 100% completion in close to the minimal time period possible.
Other Program Components Typically Used: Some educational programs using MRT conduct other cognitive-behavioral programs with their participants. Some of these components are used with all participants while others are based on individual needs. These are: