MRT WITH JUVENILES
MRT has been used with juvenile groups since 1989. MRT is a SAMHSA NREPP evidence-based registered 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 job training program in Puerto Rico. It was then used in hospital treatment programs and privately operated juvenile detention center programs. Numerous juvenile probation sites, juvenile Drug Courts, at-risk student programs, and juvenile treatment programs utilize MRT as the primary treatment approach. Juvenile offenders use the MRT workbook Juvenile MRTHow To Escape Your Prison. Non-offender juvenile programs 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.
Comprehensive juvenile programs also utilize three other cognitive-behavioral programs. These are Relapse Prevention, Job Readiness, and Character Development. Every MRT program treating juveniles that has collected outcome data has reported significantly lower recidivism and lower disciplinary infractions. Other research has found significant beneficial changes in personality test variables as a result of treatment. Outcome research reports can be found here. A Spanish version of the workbook is available.
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, most juvenile offenders complete all MRT steps in 20-32 group sessions. Juvenile program completion rates have varied between 60%-100%. The mean completion rate for programs is about 75%. In juvenile educational MRT programs, the completion rate approaches 100%.
Other Program Components Typically Used:
Nearly all juvenile programs using MRT usually conduct several 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: