Thinking for a Change Facilitator Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral change program authored by Jack Bush, Ph.D., Barry Glick, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). T4C incorporates research from cognitive restructuring theory, social skills development, and the learning and use of problem solving skills.

T4C is comprised of 25 lessons that build upon each other, and contains appendices that can be used to craft an aftercare program to meet ongoing cognitive behavioral needs of offender groups. Not all lessons can be completed in one session, so a typical delivery cycle may take 30 sessions. Sessions should last between one and two hours. Ideally, the curriculum is delivered two times per week, with a minimum recommended dosage of once per week and a maximum of three times per week. Participants must be granted time to complete mandatory homework between each lesson.

The program is designed to be provided to correctional clients, adults and youth, males and females. It is intended for groups of eight to twelve and should be delivered only by trained facilitators. Due to its integrated structure, T4C is a closed group, meaning members need to start at the beginning of a cycle, and may not join the group mid-stream (lesson five is a logical cut-off point for new group members).

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator Training program consists of 44‐hours of blended learning that prepares participants to deliver the T4C program with offender groups in their agency. This cooperative agreement contains multiple program deliveries throughout the United States. 

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to provide consistent training and support to staff from local, state, and federal and tribal corrections agencies seeking to implement the Thinking for a Change program in their organizations with fidelity

Deadline: Dec. 20, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as sub-recipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program. NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations.



Amount Description

NIC expects to make one award for as much as $120,000.00 for a 12-month project period, beginning on January 21, 2019.

Funding Type





Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 20, 2018