Challenging violence and the abuse of power in all its forms;
​ Working to increase safety and justice for the abused; 
Insisting on accountability for the abuser

Alternative Behavior Course

This is a 12-week course designed to help individuals avoid committing new criminal offences after conviction for certain misdemeanor crimes. Typical offenses that might lead to a referral to this course are criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, deposit account fraud, vandalism, and shoplifting. The idea behind this course is that persons who commit crimes of this type often use erroneous thinking patterns in an effort to justify their behavior beforehand and to avoid accountability afterward. Challenging these patterns of criminal thinking and replacing them with more successful ones is a primary focus of the course.
Some topics that will be introduced in the course are:

  • Accepting total responsibility for one’s own thoughts and actions
  • Improving problem-solving skills
  • Improving money management
  • Improving communication skills
  • Improving self-esteem enhancement

Participants are encouraged to examine their attitudes and beliefs, their friendships and peer influences, and to explore how their offenses cause harm to others and themselves.
A variety of instructional methods will be used including:
Reading about and discussing typical problems that lead to crime;
Viewing and discussing video tape;
Thinking through imaginary scenarios and choices;
Practicing role plays;
Completing occasional homework assignments;

Other resources:
National Crime Prevention Council:
National Association for Shoplifting Prevention:

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